Melinda Cochrane is a poet, and fiction author. She is also the editor and publisher of The Inspired Heart, a collection of international writers. Melinda also runs a publishing company, MCI Writers House for aspiring writers, based out Montreal Quebec. Her publication credits include: The art of poetic inquiry, (Backalong Books), a novella, Desperate Freedom, (Brian Wrixon Books Canada), and 2 collections of poetry; The Man Who Stole Father’s Boat, (Backalong Books), and She’s an Island Poet, (ympmedia1network, LLC). Desperate Freedom was on the bestseller’s list for one week, and The Man Who Stole Father’s Boat is one of hope and encouragement for all those living in the social welfare system. She’s been published in online magazines such as, ‘Life as a Human’, ‘Young Men’s Perspective Magazine’, and Shannon Grissom’s magazine.rnrnMelinda has recently received the Mary Belle Campbell Scholarship for Poetry from the North Carolina Writers Network. And was also a winner of the summer Malahat Review weekly Monostich Contest. She’s published work in the Quills literary poetry journal, as well as Red Fez and Poetry Zoo online poetry journals. She’s read in Bournemouth England, North Carolina, and Montreal’s ‘100 Thousand Poets for Change’, as well as a number of book launchs and other events. Her speaking engagements focus on healing, finding your passions and executing them. She is also a writing coach to several of her writers. Her teen novel Desperate Freedom was nominated by the Quebec Writer’s Federation for book of the year. Melinda was also a long list winner for the Fermoy International Poetry Contest. Also recently published with Digitalbog.com, Manhattan New York, Behind The Pen, a love story also available at Melinda Cochrane International. She has a new book coming out this Spring with Soul Asylum Poetry and Publishing Inc. ( Ken Kowle). She was also host on a blog radio show called Melinda Talks with Young Men’s Perspective radio, with Dr. Maya Angelou being one of her most well known guests.