About the Ebook
Before my first book, Grace Goes to Prison, was even published, I fantasized about doing a national book tour. My fantasy included upscale hotels, expense account meals, limos, and large audiences hanging on my every word as I read from my best-selling masterpiece, then waiting patiently in long lines for the thrill of obtaining my autograph ( sigh!)
In the spring of 2010, I set off on a cross-country book tour that would take me through 20 states.
But something happened on the way to my imaginary limo . . .
74 days, 8732 miles and 40 speaking engagements later,
I understood that my life would never be the same.
This is the story of my journey.
After a 20+ year career in business, Melanie now serves as Executive Director of the Lancaster County Reentry Management Organization (RMO), a coalition of governmental, social service and faith-based organizations which assists men and women returning to the community after incarceration to remain crime-free and become productive citizens. (www.lancastercountyreentry.org) Melanie is also a restorative justice mediator, teacher and writer and she is frequently a guest speaker at colleges, civic groups, churches and other venues across the United States, on subjects including restorative justice, criminal justice, offender re-entry, families and children of offenders, and related topics.