Melissa Jo Peltier

Author of fiction and nonfiction; film and television producer/writer/director

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Should We Publicly Criticize Other Artists? More thoughts....

April 1, 2015

Tags: Storytelling, Criticism, critics, Writing, movies, film

How does one blog about another artist's work without unintentionally causing hurt and damage?

I'd never thought about the question until a personal experience. When my husband John Gray and I released our indie feature WHITE IRISH DRINKERS in 2010, we received rave reviews from places like Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, and other major publications. We were an international “festival darling,” delighting and moving audiences all around the world. (more…)

Published Works

Reality Boulevard
"...a book in the tradition of great Hollywood novels, from Carroll and Garrett Graham’s Queer People (1930) to Michael Tolkin’s The Player (1988), and reads like Paddy Chayefsky’s 1976 Network screenplay retooled for the 21st century" - Ken Salikoff, Kirkus Indie Magazine
Fiction
"In this smart, funny, insightful novel, reality TV becomes all too real...Peltier examines the Hollywood world of writers, producers, rich kids, actors, wannabes and con men with a keen and often compassionate eye. " - Kirkus Reviews
"Once I started reading "Reality Boulevard," I could not stop...this is the best satirical look behind-the-scenes of "reality television" ever written." - Arnold Shapiro, Oscar & Emmy-winning Producer of Scared Straight; Rescue 911; Big Brother
“[Millan] arrives amid canine chaos and leaves behind peace.” —Malcolm Gladwell, The New Yorker
Non-Fiction (Co-Author)
“As complete a tome on the subject as one could want…If the answer you’re looking for in this guide cannot be found, the question is not worth asking...this is an impressive piece of work.” - Bookviews, June 2011