Author reveals plans to pen best-seller's sequel
10 April 2010
Posted in News
A WOMAN who told her amazing real-life story in a best-selling book has so much left to tell she is working on a sequel.
Melanie Davies recounted her fight against adversity in Never Say Die, which HarperCollins published just before Christmas.
It has sold 5,000 copies in a matter of months, including sales in America where it has not even been released yet.
Now Melanie, a paraplegic who lives with husband Mike in Gellinudd, near Pontardawe, feels there is more to tell.
"There is definitely going to be a follow-up," said Melanie who, along with Mike, is the driving force behind the Treat Trust Wales charity that the Evening Post is backing. "We've been encouraged to do it by people who read the first book. The way life has gone on, it's practically writing itself."
Melanie, now aged 45, broke her back in a motorbike crash when she was 15. In a Hollywood-type twist, it was surgeon Mike who broke the news to her that she would never walk again.
Then in 2001 she was diagnosed with breast cancer, which she eventually overcame. To take her mind off that, she developed her idea for a therapy centre for people with serious illnesses or injuries. That led to the formation of the Treat Trust Wales. The centre, planned for the grounds of Morriston Hospital, is going to cost around £10 million and Treat has launched a campaign to raise the first £1 million in the next year.
Melanie is donating her royalties from Never Say Die to the cause. She wrote the book with author Lynne Barret-Lee but is working on the follow-up with husband Mike — who is himself battling cancer.
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