top of page


As a writer, Melton plays with forms and formats: memoir, in-depth profile, oral history, celebrity encounter. She has traveled extensively, so her areas of interest are all over the map.
Mary Melton and family at the Wigwam Motel in San Bernardino on Route 66

Melton and her husband and son at the Wigwam Motel in San Bernardino, California, along Route 66

In this essay for Alta Journal, Melton recounts a two-week trip her family took along Route 66 from Chicago to L.A. at the behest of her son, who is on the autism spectrum and always curious about what lies ahead. She learned much about him, and the fragile state of the states, on the trip. The story won the 2021 Los Angeles Press Club Award for Travel Writing and the FOLIO Eddie Award for Long Form Feature Content.

From car chases to chorus lines to castles in the sky, some other subjects she has explored:

Celebrity Encounters

Melton has spent time with some beloved performers... 

Window Shopping with Alison Janney
Living on the D-List with Kathy Griffin
Feeling the Beats with Adrien Brody
Landmark Hopping with Rachel Weisz
Making Breakfast with Bill Paxton
Hiking to the Top of Hollywood with Jennifer Hudson
Casing the Maternity Ward with Cheryl Hines
Getting Made Up with Cynthia Nixon
Jet-Setting with Phil Keoghan
bottom of page