Local writer published in “Chicken Soup for the Soul”

Published 11:20 am Friday, April 1, 2016

A local writer has been published in “Chicken Soup for the Soul: For Mom, with Love.” Melissa Face, a resident in Wakefield and English teacher at Appomattox Regional Governor’s School, is featured in the book for her essay “Sleepless Nights.”



Face started out as a staff writer in a weekly newspaper in Myrtle Beach in 2004. She branched off into non-fiction essays and creative non-fiction essays.

Her work started being published various magazine, anthologies and books. She has been featured in about 20 “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books and all together has had more than 60 essays published.

However, “Sleepless Nights” is a very special essay to her.

“It was written weeks after having my first born. The newness of motherhood and looking back on it and seeing how overwhelmed I was, it gets better overtime, the sleep gets better. There is no handbook for motherhood, there is always something to be overwhelmed about,” she said.

sUBMITTED Melissa Face, a Wakefield resident, was published in “Chicken Soup for the Soul: for Mom, with Love.”

Melissa Face, a Wakefield resident, was published in “Chicken Soup for the Soul: for Mom, with Love.”

“It’s special because I included my mom in a real conversation in the essay,” Face added.

“Chicken Soup for the Soul: For Mom, with Love,” contains 101 stories that show mothers and grandmothers how much they are loved and appreciated. The sales from the books also goes to a good cause.

“Chicken Soup for the Soul is donating the royalties from the book to the Boys & Girls Club of America,” the company said in a press release. “Boys & Girls Clubs are an integral part of many communities, providing a safe place for kids to learn and grow during critical out-of-school time, and to have ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals.

“Great futures start at the Clubs where kids learn skills like how to succeed academically, how to prepare for college or careers, how to live a healthier lifestyle and how to become good citizens in their community. There are over 4,000 Clubs in every community across the nation and on military basis worldwide,” the press release added.

Face said in was an honor to be featured in this edition of “Chicken Soup for the Soul,” and she really excited because it’s her first time being featured in a publication where the proceeds are being donated to charity.