Author Melody Carlson shares
the real story behind one of the
characters in her latest novel:
“When I started writing The Prom
(Revell Books), it was simply
the final book in the Life at
Kingston High series. But after a
girl named Bethany Bridgewater
(from Houston) used her Make-a-Wish to spend time with me at my
home, I decided to do something
a little different. Bethany was diagnosed
with Ewing’s Sarcoma
shortly before her prom and she
shared a touching story of how her
boyfriend Michael carried her out
to the dance floor since she was
unable to walk. While Bethany,
who wants to be a writer, was visiting,
I was in final edits of Prom
Queen. So I asked if she wanted
me to write her into the story as
a “real” character. She was elated
about the idea. And so I added
her into the mix. It made the book
really special to both Bethany
and me. Bethany finished her treatments and is
making a great recovery and hopes to write her
memoir someday.”

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About The Author

Melody Carlson has written more than 200 books for teens, women, and children. Before publishing, Melody traveled around the world, volunteered in teen ministry, taught preschool, raised two sons, and worked briefly in interior design and later in international adoption. "I think real-life experiences inspire the best fiction," she says. Her wide variety of books seems to prove this theory.