About Melissa Pettignano (The Author)
Hello. My name is Melissa Pettignano. I am 27 years old. I have been writing since I could write. I love expressing my feelings on paper and letting people read it and feel what I feel. I am a professional music artist as well, and hope to share that with many of you one of these days. I’ve won many awards for singing and writing . I am truly blessed, and I thank God everyday. My family is very big. My household contains my mother, father, brother, one cats and myself. I grew up in Jersey City until I was seven and then moved to Secaucus, New Jersey six months later.
I went to Clarendon School until sixth grade when I graduated. After that, I attended Secaucus Middle School for two years (seventh and eighth grade). After passing eighth grade, I graduated . For the first two years of my high school education, I attended Secaucus High School ninth and tenth grade. For the last remaining two years, I was home schooled.
I decided after tenth grade it was time for me to pursue my music, writing and modeling. I have done everything any young girl my age would want to pursue. I experienced many wonderful things, went to prom, and learned a lot from my experiences. I didn’t have it easy when I was younger. I didn’t have it hard either, but I’ve been through a lot since then. My faith has and always will be a part of me and it has truly helped me with a lot. If anything faith is #1 to really bring you to your roots.
One of the biggest losses I have had to deal with was losing my aunt, Arlene T. Babakitis on September 11, 2001. I’ve shown my love and support through writing and music. That day was a day no one will ever forget. I pray for everyone, and my love is with them all. I started writing when I was in fifth grade “Suzanne Lantana” and I’ve been hooked since.
As I stated earlier certain things are real, but sometimes that is what makes a story interesting. It’s fun to figure what’s real and what’s not. This book, a collection of short stories, is something I feel many young girls and even some boys can relate to. I say this because many pre-teens and teenagers have so much to say and sometimes don’t get the chance to say it. These stories will make many pre-teens and teenagers say, as they read, “I know what she went through“, “I know of a friend who is going through the same thing” or, “I went to a party just like that,” or “my school does the same thing. ” By this, they can gain some sense of certain situations and relate or learn from it.