Interview with Author Melissa Wiley


Today’s podcast (podcast player at the bottom of this entry) features children’s author and home educator, Melissa Wiley.

Melissa and I met in 2005 online and instantly formed a wonderful connection around writing and homeschool. Her most recent children’s novel, The Prairie Thief, is the featured title for the October Arrow. You may purchase it here: The Prairie Thief at

Check out Melissa’s website and blog, too. Her blog, Here in the Bonny Glen, is a treasure trove of home education insight, poetry sharing, and reviews of her favorite children’s books. You might enjoy reading her entry titled “Hurrah for Brave Writer,” too.

I loved my conversation with Melissa so much, we rolled right by our usual 30 minute time limit and chatted for nearly an hour! I hope you enjoy getting to know Melissa as much as I have. We’re offering a special deal for the issue of The Arrow that goes with The Prairie Thief, which will be published on October 1, 2012.

If you’d like to purchase The Prairie Thief Arrow go here.

The Arrow is a monthly digital product that features copywork and dictation passages from a specific read aloud novel. It’s geared toward children ages 8-11 and is an indispensable tool for parents who want to teach language arts in a natural, literature-bathed context.

10 Responses to “Interview with Author Melissa Wiley”

  1. Z-Dad says:

    Thanks so much! As a writer, blogger, and father of 6 homeschoolers, I loved this whole conversation!

  2. Julie Bogart says:

    I love to hear from Dads! Thank you!! 🙂


  3. Nanci says:

    This was so enjoyable to listen to!
    I also have 6 children, almost the same ages as Melissa’s, with a special needs child as well. I am in awe that she has time to write books…sometimes I feel like I don’t have time to READ books, LOL!

    I love the metaphor of Tidal Homeschooling…although the house often looks like low tide 🙂

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  7. I have been enjoying all of your podcasts and recommending Brave Writer to my homeschooling friends. This particular podcast has been my favorite so far! Thank-you for sharing this delightful conversation with us all. I can tell that you each speak from your heart. I hope to try Arrow with my 3rd grader in the new school year!

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