top of page
Screen Shot 2024-04-09 at 11.12.23 AM.png

Mar. 30, 2024

Many of us have carried at least one hard story for years, suffering under the weight of secrecy and silence. But what if you didn't have to carry it anymore? What if writing or telling it could not only free you, but deepen your relationships with your loved ones? Melanie Brooks--author of Writing Hard Stories and A Hard Silence--is here to help us write and tell our hard stories.

Writing Your  Resilience Podcast Final_(YouTube Thumbnail).png

Jan. 11, 2024

Breaking the Silence with Melanie Brooks

Melanie Brooks joins the Writing Your Resilience Podcast to speak about her book, A Hard Silence: One Daughter Remaps Family, Grief, and Faith When HIV/AIDS Changes It All. This is the book she once struggled to write about her father's death.  In today's episode, we'll explore the powerful impact silence has on you and how to break through it.

Screen Shot 2024-01-04 at 8.15.10 PM.png

Nov. 19, 2023

This book was brewing for 35 years – Melanie Brooks on the memoir that took her a lifetime to write

Roz Morrisl interviews Melanie Brooks about her new memoir, A Hard Silence: One daughter remaps family, grief, and faith when HIV/AIDS changes it all.

Screen Shot 2024-01-04 at 7.41.39 PM.png

Nov. 2, 2023

Review of A Hard Silence: One daughter remaps family, grief, and faith when HIV/AIDS changes it all

"Brooks’ voice is so vulnerable, so raw, on the page, and despite this, still tells a thoughtful, coherent story.”"

- Alison Manley, The Miramichi Reader

Screen Shot 2024-01-04 at 5.40.35 PM.png

Sept. 26, 2023

Breaking the Silence: Melanie Broo

Listen to my conversation with Tia Levings as we talk about all things writing and A Hard Silence.

Unknown_edited.jpg

Sept. 11, 2023

The Nashua Telegraph: Nashua Author Shares Family's Deadly Sec

Kathy Seward MacKay writes about Melanie Brooks' new memoir, A Hard Silence: One daughter remaps family, grief, and faith when HIV/AIDS changes it all

Screen Shot 2023-07-05 at 1.58.37 PM.png

June 21, 2023

Silent Battles: Navigating Life with a Father's HIV and AIDS with Melanie Brooks

In this deeply personal and emotional episode, we embark on a journey with Melanie as she copes with her surgeon father’s terminal disease and subsequent death. We discuss the emotional process of writing her book, A Hard Silence: one daughter remaps family, grief and faith, when HIV/AIDS changes it all, a cathartic and intimate journey that allowed Melanie to confront her grief head-on.

Screen Shot 2020-12-22 at 10.00.29 AM.pn

April 24, 2018

Boston Voyager's Most Inspiring Stories

"I believe there’s deep merit to giving this narrative shape to our painful stories. Writing about traumatic experiences do not repair them. However, re-entering those memories, taking them apart, and then putting them back together again on my own terms, has transformed them into something meaningful, maybe even beautiful, for me and, I hope, for my readers, too." -Melanie Brooks

Screen Shot 2020-12-22 at 10.29.24 AM.pn

January 17, 2018

Get the Funk Out! KUCI 88.9 FM

Listen to my conversation with host Janeane Bernstein as we talk about my memoir-in-progress, All the Things I Couldn't Say.

 

Screen Shot 2020-12-22 at 10.52.15 AM.pn

June 21, 2017

A Conversation About Writing Hard Stories

"I'm sharing with you my interview with Melanie. She has lots of great things to say about writing—and living. I hope you'll watch and share it with others." 

- Nadia Colburn, Align Your Story

 

Screen Shot 2017-05-11 at 7.48.40 AM.png

May 15, 2017

Shaping Art From Trauma

Listen to my webinar with Leanna James Blackwell, director of Bay Path University's MFA program, on "Shaping Art from Trauma."

 

Screen Shot 2020-12-22 at 12.25.28 PM.pn

March 4, 2017

The Debutante Ball Guest Interview

"Language has its own transformative power, and I’ve come to understand that the gift of shared experience, shared stories, can sometimes be the best medicine we have to offer." - Melanie Brooks

 

Screen Shot 2020-12-22 at 12.40.40 PM.pn

February 2, 2017

Writing Hard Stories by Melanie Brooks

"I thank Melanie Brooks for the liberating read, one which I am sure will inspire many other writers." - Sheelagh Russell-Brown, Understorey Magazine

 

Screen Shot 2020-12-22 at 12.53.28 PM.pn

February 1, 2017

Review: Writing Hard Stories

"An inspiring guide to ennobling personal stories that travel to the dark sides of life."

 

Screen Shot 2024-04-09 at 10.51.42 AM.png

Feb. 28, 2024

A Hard Silence with Melanie Brooks

In this first episode of the Stone House Readers' Series podcast, Melanie Brooks talks with Troy Meyers about her powerful memoir, A Hard Silence.

UTvMF0HPShW5RBF75hwUQA_mini_10d83_edited

Jan. 4, 2024

How Secrets Oppress Us with Melanie Brooks

In her latest episode of the Ruthless Compassion Podcast, Marcia Sirota speaks with Melanie Brooks about the devastating family secret she was obliged to keep and the transformative power of finally being able to speak the truth.

Screen Shot 2024-01-04 at 7.58_edited.jp

Nov. 15, 2023

Review of A Hard Silence: One daughter remaps family, grief, and faith when HIV/AIDS changes it all

"A Hard Silence is a profoundly moving, personal, and informative account of the challenges of dealing with AIDS from a daughter's perspective."

-Emma Megan for Readers' Favorite

Unknown.png

Oct. 22, 2023

A Conversation with Melanie Brooks

Annie Scholl interviews Melanie Brooks about her new memoir, A Hard Silence: One daughter remaps family, grief, and faith when HIV/AIDS changes it all.

Screen Shot 2020-12-22 at 12.29.50 PM.png

Sept. 18, 2023

Hard Silences, Hard Stories:  A Memoirist's Difficult Journey

Suzanne Strempek Shea interviews Melanie Brooks about A Hard Silence: One daughter remaps family, grief, and faith when HIV/AIDS changes it all, for Brevity Magazine's Nonfiction Blog

Screen Shot 2020-12-22 at 12.34.24 PM.png

Sept. 10, 2023

Hippocampus Magazine Interview: Melanie Brooks, Author of A Hard Silence

Lara Lillibridge interviews Melanie Brooks about her new memoir, A Hard Silence: One daughter remaps family, grief, and faith when HIV/AIDS changes it all.

2tAtLogPvi0Ifl1_wokmcUWD.png

April 5, 2022

A Hard Silence — An AIDS Story with Melanie Brooks

Melanie Brooks, author of Writing Hard Stories, reads from her memoir manuscript, A Hard Silence, which shares her perspective on what it was like to grow up living with the deep secret that her father contracted AIDS in 1985 from a tainted blood transfusion.

Screen Shot 2020-12-22 at 10.15.01 AM.pn

February 25, 2018

AWP18 Event Organizer Q&A With Melanie Brooks

"With our narratives, we invite others to lean toward our experiences and give them permission to share some pieces of their own." - Melanie Brooks

Screen Shot 2020-12-22 at 10.40.47 AM.pn

January 11, 2018

A Conversation With Melanie Brooks

"Every time I sat down with one of these writers and listened to them talk candidly about their own journeys, I found similarities in their processes and mine, and listened to their encouragement that always included the promise that I would get to a place where I felt differently about my story, where I could breathe a little bit easier. " - Melanie Brooks

Screen Shot 2020-12-22 at 11.32.21 AM.pn

May 28, 2017

The Best Advice to Connect With Readers

It takes a lot of emotional soul searching and deep diving into our memories and our experiences in order for us to reach that place of authenticity and really discover what the authentic story is behind our experiences." - Melanie Brooks

 

Screen Shot 2020-12-22 at 10.29.24 AM.pn

April 3, 2017

Get the Funk Out! KUCI 88.9 FM

Listen to my conversation with host Janeane Bernstein as we talk about WRITING HARD STORIES.

 

Screen Shot 2020-12-22 at 12.29.50 PM.pn

February 27, 2017

Writing the Pain: Memoirists on Trauma and Memory

"I wanted to hear about those lonely treks into memory from each one of these authors because then I might feel less lonely on my own trek." - Melanie Brooks

 

Screen Shot 2020-12-22 at 12.34.24 PM.pn

February 1, 2017

Review: Writing Hard Stories

"Her written recollections of meetings with memoirists read as if we are eavesdropping on their intimate conversations." - Ashley Supinski, Hippocampus Magazine

 

Screen Shot 2020-12-22 at 12.56.04 PM.pn

October 27, 2016

An Interview With Melanie Brooks

"Her written recollections of meetings with memoirists read as if we are eavesdropping on their intimate conversations." - Ashley Supinski, Hippocampus Magazine

 

Screen Shot 2024-04-09 at 11.03.55 AM.png

Feb. 11, 2024

Melanie Brooks, Author of A Hard Silence

This episode features Melanie Brooks, Author of “A Hard Silence”. Melanie shares her courage stories about a the journey of writing her book “A Hard Silence: One daughter remaps family, grief, and faith when HIV/AIDS changes it all.” We also talk about how the reseach for her cureent book helped her write her first book “Writing Hard Stories, Celebrated Memorists who Shaped Art from Trauma.” This journey included many steps in courage to be able to tell her story.

Unknown-1.png

Dec. 4, 2023

How the HIV/AIDs Epidemic in Canada Changed My Family’s Life Forever

Melanie Brooks’s father was infected with HIV from contaminated blood in the mid-1980s. He decided to keep his illness a secret, and died 10 years later. Brooks’s candid memoir, A Hard Silence, looks at the consequences of her family’s secret-keeping and, in this excerpt, interrogates the stigma and discrimination that played into their decision to hide the truth.

2tAtLogPvi0Ifl1_wokmcUWD.png

Nov. 7, 2023

A Hard Silence with Melanie Brooks

Listen to a reading from A Hard Silence and my conversation with Michelle Redo on The Daring to Tell podcast. 

Screen Shot 2023-10-12 at 3.30.03 PM.png

Oct. 4, 2023

News Center Maine: NH Writer Opens Up About Her Family, Who Struggle with a Loss to HIV, in a New Memoir

Rob Caldwell interviews Melanie Brooks for 207: News Center Maine's News Magazine about A Hard Silence: One daughter remaps family, grief, and faith when HIV/AIDS changes it all.

Screen Shot 2020-12-22 at 10.29.24 AM.png

Sept. 13, 2023

Listen to my conversation with host Janeane Bernstein as we talk about A Hard Silence.

membership icon.png

January 9, 2019

Meet Our Memoirists: Melanie Brooks

"When I commit words to the page, I’m embarking on a rigorous and intentional act of self-reflection. As a memoirist, though, my journey doesn’t stop there. By writing through my stories, I’m engaging in an act of community. I’m seeking language that bridges my experiences with those of others, and I’m hoping that my words will open space for their words." - Melanie Brooks

Screen Shot 2020-12-22 at 10.24.54 AM.pn

January 17, 2018

The 9 Best Books on Writing Memoir

I'm honored to have Writing Hard Stories featured in a memoir book roundup on Signature ReadsPenguin Random House's reading blog, among so many books that have been influential to my own writing process.

Screen Shot 2017-12-02 at 12.03.08 PM.pn

November 11, 2017

Micheal Steinberg's Blog: Fourth Genre

In this blog post, Michael Steinberg revisits an interview originally conducted by Donna Talarico that appeared in Hippocampus Magazine and follows up on the publication of Writing Hard Stories. 

 

Screen Shot 2020-12-22 at 11.53.41 AM.pn

May 18, 2017

How Do Memoirists Survive Telling Their Hard Stories?

“It’s not about necessarily letting the story go, but it’s kind of re-envisioning it in a way that it doesn’t become such a burdensome thing. Writing about it will, in some way, change the story for you or change the way you carry that story.” - Melanie Brooks

 

Screen Shot 2020-12-22 at 12.11.43 PM.pn

March 7, 2017

Writer's Day at Bay Path University in Longmeadow to feature area authors

Listen to my conversation with host Janeane Bernstein as we talk about WRITING HARD STORIES.

 

Screen Shot 2020-12-22 at 12.34.24 PM.pn

February 5, 2017

Hippocampus Magazine Interview

"Interacting with people—that’s the idea behind this Melanie’s book. Writers sharing the stories behind their stories with one writer, who then shares those stories, and her own, with others. Conversations that can heal and inspire, a conversation that’s perhaps just getting started.' - Donna Talarico, Hippocampus Magazine

 

Screen Shot 2020-12-22 at 12.48.38 PM.pn

January 6, 2017

Ploughshares Review: Writing Hard Stories

"For writers struggling with the next step of their journeys, Brooks’ work is a signpost showing them the way, urging them onward, offering companionship, and ultimately proving that the destination is already well within sight, even if they can’t yet see it. " - Amanda Silva, Ploughshares

 

bottom of page