We had the good fortune of connecting with Melissa Desveaux and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Melissa, why did you pursue a creative career?
I actually believe creativity comes from within. I’m not an artist. I cannot draw or paint, but ideas flow through me daily and if one of them makes me stop to think about it, I get to work.
I’m an author but I’m not even sure I was meant to be one. Writing only became something I believed to be therapeutic after experiencing pregnancy loss. I used it to keep myself sane.
When I wrote my book I realized I could do more and this is where my creativity and passion for helping people came from.
I turned writing and publishing my book into something I could help other authors achieve. Book collaborations keep my creative side consistently creating more opportunities for people and at this point in time, it’s become my passion.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m an employee of the Government in Australia, graduating as an Author consultant. I’ve always wanted my own business however having a job was secure for me and my family. I’m now moving more into my career helping authors write and publish their own stories.
I’m still growing my business and have had to learn about branding, marketing and actually having the courage to make myself known. I didn’t know about any of it when I decided to write my first book about my pregnancy losses. Which in fact was a grief-stricken hurdle I’ve had to cross.
Each book I’ve published, I’ve become better at and I’ve learned more about what I enjoy and don’t enjoy doing.
To overcome challenges, I’ve just had to keep learning, being positive, helping others in my community, especially women who have also experienced pregnancy loss.
I help authors publish their personal stories and create book collaborations. I publish all types of books for people, but I focus on these.
Writing and publishing a book can change the world through sharing their personal stories.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Sydney city – we can stay a couple of nights in a nice hotel and visit the main attractions. The Sydney Harbour Bridge and we’ll do a bridge climb. The Oprah house and Sydney tower. While we’re in the area, We can have lunch at City Extra at Circular Quay and dessert at the Lindt Cafe. Shopping in the QVB and on Pitt Street in the city is always fun.
And if up to it, a walk through Hyde Park to see St Mary’s Cathedral.
I’d show them the famous beaches, like Bondi or Coogee, but the nicest ones, in my opinion, are on the South Coast, A visit to Jervis Bay to see Hyams beach and a bush walk around the area in the national park is a show stopper. We’d have to stay a couple of nights there too. There are nice little cafe’s there and a great patisserie.
We could hang out at my house, watch a movie in our theatre or go for a swim in our pool. Walk to the shopping centre, eat at one of the restaurants and San Churros for dessert.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My husband Jean-Francois. We have been through all the ups and downs together. He encouraged me to write my first book. He helps me when I need it and he teaches me when I want to learn. And he’s a great father to our kids. He definitely deserves recognition, especially from me.