Melissa Senate is the author of eight novels, including the bestselling See Jane Date, which was made into an ABC Family TV movie and has sold over 200,000 copies worldwide. She's published short pieces in Everything I've Always Wanted to Know About Being a Girl I Learned from Judy Blume, It's a Wonderful Lie, Flirting with Pride and Prejudice, and American Girls About Town. A former romance and young adult editor from New York, she now lives on the southern coast of Maine with her son.
A Conversation with Melissa Senate, Author of The Secret of Joy
How did you come up with the idea for The Secret of Joy?
My own life provided the inspiration (truth is stranger than fiction). Out of the blue several years ago, I received an email with the subject header: I think you might be my half sister. Whoa. I’ve had no contact with my biological father or any member of his family since I was eight years old, but I’ve always known I...