About Melissa C. Alexander


I’ve been critter-crazy since birth and began writing in third grade. It’s not surprising that I’ve spent the rest of my life pursuing, and frequently combining, these two passions.

  • In 2003, KPCT (then Sunshine Books) published my nonfiction dog training book, Click for Joy! Questions and Answers from Clicker Trainers and Their Dogs. Click for Joy! won the “Best Training and Behavior Book” award from the Dog Writers of America that year.
  • In the mid-2000s, I focused my pleasure writing on screenplays. I wrote two screenplays:
    •  Second Chance Ranch: It’s love versus tough-love when two sisters — one a paraplegic dog trainer, the other a by-the-book social worker — team up to rehabilitate young offenders by teaching them to train service dogs. This script won a small contest and was optioned but not produced.
    • The Promise: A broken family comes together to fulfill a father’s last promise to his son. This screenplay was a semifinalist for a Nicholl Fellowship in 2008.
  • The story in that second screenplay never let go of me, and I decided to novelize it. It is complete, and as of September 2020, I am jumping into the query trenches! As a novel, the story has grown and deepened:
    • Doubting River: A crippled boy and his wayward uncle defy family and community pressure to rehab an injured retriever and fulfill the boy’s late father’s goal of winning a field trial. Doubting River is book club fiction targeted toward dog lovers. I describe it as The Horse Whisperer meets Where the Red Fern Grows – except the dog lives.
  • My latest passion is narrating audio books. I’m taking voice acting classes and hope to pursue this professionally.

I’m passionate about the writing craft, and I spend much of my free time on the internet answering questions about writing and publishing. You can find me hanging out on the Writers Helping Writers group on Facebook.