Melanie Olmstead Yellowstone: Author of Book ‘The American Adventure’

Melanie Olmstead

Melanie Olmstead is a writer, adventurer, and wildlife advocate. She travels the world with her family in search of adventure, writing about her experiences for everyone to enjoy.

Yellowstone American Adventure Writer

Melanie Olmstead is an American adventure writer who has traveled all over the world to share stories about her family’s epic adventures along with other people’s amazing tales of travel.

She writes for all audiences from young adults to adults, but focuses on children’s books that will inspire readers to take their own adventures.

“Adventures are what make life worth living.”

“Adventure isn’t about finding new places, it’s about seeing old ones in a new light.”

“For me, the best thing about being a writer is the connection I’ve made with the world.”

The America Adventure Novel

The American Adventure was inspired by an event Melanie Olmstead experienced back in 1999, when a friend took a trip to Alaska. Melanie watched on a large screen television in a bookstore as the then-presidential candidate Al Gore spoke about the future of the environment and climate change. In response to the speech, Melanie began her own campaign to protect the environment from the damage it’s suffering from.

Where is the book set?

Yellowstone: The American Adventure is set in Wyoming and Montana in the years before the world-famous National Park. It is a fictional look at a fictional, Western-like town that existed just before the entrance to Yellowstone. This town was built by a prospector for a series of “Yellowstone Diamonds,” named after the national park. The town becomes a booming mining town and the mining jobs help many people earn their living. This is when the town is established and people start moving in from all over the country.

Did you always want to be a writer?

I always loved to read, so I wanted to write for as long as I can remember. When I was in elementary school, my fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Johnson, gave us an assignment to write a book for kids. As I started writing, I was hooked.

The author’s inspiration for writing the book.

Tucked away in the northwestern corner of the state of Wyoming, in the shadow of Grand Teton and the Jackson Glacier, is Yellowstone National Park. It is truly a jewel of the United States, the crown jewel of America’s National Parks.

No matter what kind of vacation you are on, from a day trip to a week long stay, Yellowstone is sure to capture your heart, melt your face, and put a smile on your face. And if you are visiting the park during this wild fire season, which has affected the park and the natural wildlife, it is time to be extra careful. The park is not safe at this time, so visitors should exercise caution and be aware of their surroundings.

What does it mean to write a children’s book?

What is my goal with each book?

Why did I choose to write children’s books in the first place?

Tell us about the process of writing the book.

What is your favorite thing about writing?

What is your least favorite thing about writing?

Why did you choose this genre?

Who is your publisher and/or book agent?

Are you published or are you self-published?

Tell us about your book.

Would you consider writing another children’s book?

Learn more about me, my books, and my journey.

When I met Don Boudreaux at a readers event he had a few pages of Yellowstone American Adventure but no manuscript.

Photos from the book

The American Adventure

When Melanie tells us about her adventures, she writes about the people in each locale where they lived, worked, and traveled. To support the artists who bring her stories to life, she created this picture book (see sample below).

The unique twist of The American Adventure is that it is written in the perspective of an explorer. Readers see what it was like for each different person and how it influenced their individual lifestyles.

Thanks to Yellowstone’s National Park, the story is set in Yellowstone National Park in the mid 1800s. Readers will experience Yellowstone National Park at the time when Native Americans used the area for hunting, fishing, and gathering foods.

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