Writing books has always been a long-term goal as my father is also a writer and I come from a very creative family. I continue to write under my maiden name, Melanie J. Pellowski, though I personally changed my name to LaPlaca after getting married in 2017. I have published four books with Skyhorse Publishing, including My Dearest Bridesmaid (2018), My Dearest Sister (2018), The Pregnancy Primer (2019) and The Teacher’s Guide to Self-Care (2020). The topics of each book have been inspired by personal experience and have sometimes even coincided with milestone moments in my own life. These subjects include bridesmaid proposals and getting married, building sisterhood through joining a sorority, having a baby for the first time and managing life as a teacher.
My most recent work reflects my passion and commitment to education. I became a TV and video production teacher in 2016 and utilized my professional experience as a foundation to write curriculum and create fun classroom projects. Being able to guide students in the creative storytelling process while encouraging them to pursue their own visions for future success was the perfect happy medium. I have always been a lifelong learner curious about the world. That is what led me to become a journalist, and it’s ultimately what brought me back to the classroom. I always knew that teaching would be a challenge, but it wasn’t until I stepped into the role myself that I realized just how much of an impact teachers have on the future. With my colleagues and fellow teachers in mind, I used my experience in the classroom to develop a special book that celebrates educators while providing them with helpful tips on finding their own happiness.
After earning nearly a decade of experience as a multi-media journalist, I made a transition into teaching as a TV/video production teacher. Being able to guide high school students in producing video features while creating a weekly morning show was my perfect happy medium. I was able to continue pursuing my own creative projects while… Continue reading The Teacher’s Guide to Self-Care
The Pregnancy Primer: The Expectant Mother’s Guide to All 9 Months was published the same month that I learned my husband and I were expecting a child of our own. After spending a year researching all there is to know about having a baby and interviewing friends and family about the amazing role of motherhood, I couldn’t wait to become a mom myself!
Any girl that has shared special friendships and bonds knows that her wedding day means more than one proposal. The next step a bride-to-be surely thinks about after saying yes to her soulmate is how she is going to propose to her soul sisters in the same meaningful and memorable way.
My Dearest Bridesmaid: A Heartfelt Keepsake from the Bride in Your Life is the perfect gift for your bridesmaids.
“This book is an absolute delight! Brilliant writing about how sororities bring women together and pave the way for a stronger society.” –Frillclothing.com, the one stop sorority shop, as seen on ABC’s Shark Tank. When I was roaming around the rooms of Alpha Chi Omega’s Theta Tau Chapter House as VP of Sorority Recruitment at… Continue reading My Dearest Sister