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Christina Day Staff Writer cday@civitasmedia.com



Local author Melissa Halsey Caudill with the Ashe County Arts Council display of “Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Dating Game,” which contains one of Caudill's stories.
Local author Melissa Halsey Caudill with the Ashe County Arts Council display of “Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Dating Game,” which contains one of Caudill's stories.
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Melissa Halsey Caudill fills her writing with life lessons that she sees all around her, and now she’s bringing her lessons to an international bestselling series.


A seemingly simple message she learned from a cat that had curled up awkwardly on her lap one night was the inspiration for her story “Uncomfortable,” which is part of the new addition to the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series called “The Dating Game” by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Amy Newmark.


Caudill said “Uncomfortable” is an overview of lessons she’s learned about how love “isn’t always a fairytale.”


The real estate paralegal by trade, who is originally from Virginia and now lives in Ashe County, has enjoyed writing on her personal blog for the last year, and the positive feedback she received from readers lead her to “get up the nerve” to submit a story to a local writing contest, in which she won first place.


An online search for other local writing contests lead Caudill to the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” submission page. She found out in August that her story had been chosen for the latest edition.


“It’s been a whirlwind since then,” Caudill said, but the positive reactions validated the hard work, “It makes me feel good to know that we’re all connected and we all have our similarities.”


On Feb. 1 at 1:00 Caudill will be holding a book signing at the Ashe County Public Library.


Caudill, who is active with the Mosiac Stage Company, will also be a part of a collaborative production and book signing at the Ashe County Arts Council on Feb. 14. She will perform a reading of the play “Love Letters” before personalizing copies of “Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Dating Game.”


Signed copies of the book are available for purchase at the Ashe County Arts Council, or by contacting Melissa directly at caudillmelissa78@yahoo.com. Caudill’s blog “Missy’s Public Junk” can be found at www.missyspublicjunk.wordpress.com.

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