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Melda Beaty has published several articles in Black Issues in Higher Education, Illinois Committee on Black Concerns in Higher Education, In Search of Fatherhood Forum and Proud Parent Journal. Her previous book, My Soul to His Spirit: Soulful Expressions from Black Fathers to Their Daughters won the 2006 National Fresh Voices Award. She is also a writing and college consultant.
Her business, College Bound Consulting, provides workshops on college personal statements, essay writing, college awareness and planning, and curriculum development. She has over 19 years of teaching college writing experience and earned degrees in Broadcast Journalism and Writing from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Illinois State University. Melda currently lives in Chicago with her gifted and beautiful daughters.