|Becky and brother Bob|
Married to her high school sweetheart,
Bill, for forty
years, Becky is the button-popping-proud mom to four grown sons and Grandma Becky (a.k.a Damma) to
a dozen brilliant and adorable grandkids.
|These two adorables hadn't arrived|
yet for the last family pic!
|Lots of Christmas stockings on the mantel!|
After years of tent camping with their boys,
Becky finally upgraded to a thirty-foot RV. They love the spontaneity of
grabbing clothes and a bag of groceries and taking off to visit kids in Illinois
or Missouri. In 2008 they took a
month off for “retirement practice” and drove through Illinois,
Mexico, and Arizona,
ending at a chiropractic seminar in Las Vegas.
Gas prices have grounded them to the Midwest in the last
couple of years. . .but who’s complaining?
|Copper Falls State Park|
For a more economical way to see the country, the Melbys jump on their Honda Gold Wing. With sun on her arms and wind buffeting her helmet (safer, but not as romantic as wind in your hair), Becky loves listening to praise music and brainstorming her work in progress on the back of the bike.
But the best events are the ones involving grandkids. Sledding, snow forts, walks to the pond behind the house. . .all through the eyes of a child. A favorite Melby tradition is a Door County, Wisconsin-style fish boil in the backyard.
Becky has co-authored nine books for Heartsong Presents with her longtime friend, Cathy Wienke, and has written three novellas. Tomorrow’s Sun and Yesterday’s Stardust, the first two books of her full-length Lost Sanctuary series released in January and June of 2012. The third book, Today’s Shadows, will be out in December. A novella, Contest of Wills, in Cedar Creek Seasons, releases in September.
The Melbys host a lead a small group study and are the prayer team coordinators for their church. Becky draws on past experience as a crisis pregnancy center director, youth group leader, and board president of a teen coffee house for several of her novels.
Becky is also a contributor at www.novelPASTimes.com. She can be found on facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, or at www.beckymelby.com.