Melanie M. Jeschke starts off the show today @ 12:30PMEST and then Michelle Trostle jumps in @1PMEST!
Here is a little bit about each author:I was born in the North (Pittsburgh, PA) and grew up in the South (Richmond, VA), attending the University of Virginia where I met my husband of thirty years, Bill Jeschke. Together we have nine beautiful children (three daughters and six sons) and have pioneered a non-denominational Christian church called The King's Chapel in Fairfax, Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C.
I have loved reading, creating stories, and writing since I was a young girl, and was told that my name "Melanie" was a form of the Greek word for "ink"--- a name I hoped would be prophetic. Although I majored in English and taught high school before having our family, I put writing on the back burner of our busy lives for many years. When my youngest son was old enough for our home-school kindergarten, I had the miraculous adventure of attending a conference on C.S. Lewis at both Oxford and Cambridge Universities which inspired me to begin writing travel articles and eventually my series of historical/romance novels, The Oxford Chronicles.
Since then I have returned to the UK numerous times for conferences, research, and even as a tour guide and leader. I was thrilled when budget travel guru Rick Steves asked me to contribute a chapter on Oxford to his new "England 2006" guide book.
Michelle L. Trostle is a certified reading specialist, teacher, and school administrator with a Masters of Education degree in Reading and Language Arts. Michelle has thirteen years of experience in public education working with students and teachers from kindergarten through grade twelve. She is especially passionate about fostering a love of reading in the hearts of her students. In her free time, she enjoys crafting, gardening and spending time with family and friends.