Friday, November 22, 2013
Melissa Stanton Publishes Second Book
Davidsonville author Melissa Stanton once had the world's best excuse for cutting work meetings short.
"I have to go," she would say. "George Clooney is on the line."
It worked because it was true.
Stanton, now 48, spent more than a decade employed as a senior editor for Life and People magazines, where she handled such special projects as the annual "Sexiest Man Alive" issue of People.
Then came the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Stanton's husband went into work late that morning. As a result, he was walking toward the World Trade Center instead of inside the Twin Towers when the buildings collapsed.
The family relocated from New Jersey to Anne Arundel County, and Stanton suddenly found herself embarking on her second career as the stay-at-home mother of three small children.
Two very different books grew out of that experience. "The Stay-at-Home Survival Guide" was published in 2009. This fall, Random House released Stanton's children's book, "My Pen Pal, Santa," which was illustrated by Jennifer A. Bell.
"Santa," inspired by letters that Stanton's then-5-year-old daughter, Ava, wrote to St. Nick, imagines how he and Mrs. Claus spend their time during the 11 months of the year when they aren't making toys and loading their sleigh.To read more about Melissa and her books, go to: http://www.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/arts/bs-ae-author-stanton-20131123,0,4918787.story#ixzz2lPtVfPx4