Ms. Finn will use slides (and humor) to describe the process of writing The Underneath, starting with the concept, through inspiration, craft, frustration, and finally publication. Included will be a final section on failure: what happens to the writing projects that never see the light of day – the process of disbelief, grief and acceptance.
Melanie Finn was born and raised in Kenya until age 11, when she moved with her family to Connecticut. She lived and worked in six different countries as a freelance journalist and screenwriter for 20 years. In 2004, her first novel, Away From You, was published to international acclaim. The following year, she and her husband, the wildlife filmmaker, Matt Aeberhard, moved to a remote region of Tanzania to make Disney Nature’s haunting flamingo epic, Crimson Wing. During the filming, Melanie became the medic to the local Masai community and established the Natron Healthcare Project. Her second novel, The Gloaming, was a New York Times Notable Book and a finalist for the Vermont Book Award. The Underneath is set in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, where she now lives with Matt, their twin daughters and a large number of animals.