Q and A with Katie M., Seymour, Connecticut
“Just because you set a goal doesn’t mean it won’t change.“
“There will never be a seat at the table if you don’t pull up a chair.”
Q: What are you passionate about?
A: I love working in public health, being able to contribute to the community through my work and my writing. As a dental hygienist, I worked in mobile dental settings providing care in schools, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and much more. Through that work, I found that many children and adults feared having dental work done…even a cleaning. That is what led me to my first book, Roxy’s Adventure to the School Dentist. In this book, I help families tackle a fearful first from a safe environment- their home, in hopes of alleviating that fear factor of the unknown and educating them on what to expect during a typical visit. From that moment on, it was the theme of all my children’s books. How to create a show-do-tell method book that is educational and fun for families to use as an introductory tool.
Paw Elementary was born after I lost my first fur child, Roxy, to cancer in 2017. I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and provide a way to have her live on forever and be a friend for children. Paw Elementary has five books in the series currently, with the newest book coming out at the end of this month: Paw Elementary: Astoria Learns to Swim. I also have a soundtrack for the series coming out in October. I think it’s important to encourage children to try new things and to be brave, positive, inspire creativity, and be courageous. I have four encouragement cards out right now to go along with the books in hopes to make a difference in a child’s life.
I also write romance suspense novels and have my second book coming out in the spring! These books center around strong female characters who show hard times and how they don’t let [those hard times] define them. In hopes of inspiring women to not give up, go for their goals/dreams, and to not be afraid to make something out of themselves.
I’ve been married for 10 years, and we have 4 rescues: 2 dogs and 2 cats. They are my life and motivation to keep moving forward. My hope is that my books become so successful that I can donate proceeds to children’s shelters and animal shelters.
Q: What were your younger years like?
A: I grew up with my parents and brother in Seymour, CT, and still live there till this day. I went to school to be a registered dental hygienist and have a master’s degree. My mom has always been a strong role model in my life and always pushed me to be my best, and both my parents encouraged me to go for my goals.
Q: What is something valuable you’d like others to know?
A: Life is built on hard work and dedication, long-term goals and pivoting. Just because you set a goal doesn’t mean it won’t change, just that you are evolving and following your path to success, wherever that may lead you. While it is good to have role models and mentors, build your own path. Following someone else’s path won’t lead to the same success; forge your own and be unique…be YOU!
Q: What does feminism mean to you?
A: Being a strong woman who goes for what they want and not being afraid to speak for what they believe in, want, and will achieve. There will never be a seat at the table if you don’t pull up a chair. You have to make your success and it won’t be handed to you. GO for it and don’t let other people make you feel unfocused and vulnerable about what you want! Follow your gut!
Thank you for reading!
I’d love to connect with you!
My books come in three languages: English, Spanish, and French. All available on amazon and my website: www.KatieMelko.com.
Contact me: Katie.Melko@gmail.com
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