The Summer that Melted Everything is about an eighty-four-year-old man named Fielding Bliss, who is looking back on his life during one summer in 1984 when he was thirteen-years-old and his father invited the devil to their small town of Breathed, Ohio. Who answers the invitation ends up being a thirteen-year-old boy in overalls and with bruises. This boy’s arrival coincides with the first day of a hell-hot heat-wave. This is not just a story about the heat, but a story of everything that melted in that heat. Family, friendships, innocence, and even lives.
Why writing? Well, I didn’t ever decide to write. I’ve been writing since I was a child. Writing is my compass. I’m lost without it.
The Summer that Melted Everything is my first published novel, but not my first written novel. I wrote my first novel when I was eighteen. I wouldn’t get a publishing contract until I was twenty-nine for The Summer that Melted Everything, which is my fifth or sixth novel written. It was a long eleven year journey of rejection and perseverance. The road to publication is not easy. It’s full of hard work and a whole lot of heart-break. But you can never give up.
An Ohio native, Tiffany McDaniel’s writing is inspired by the rolling hills and buckeye woods of the land she knows. She is also a poet, playwright, screenwriter, and artist. She is the winner of the Not-the-Booker Prize for her debut novel, The Summer that Melted Everything, which is a Goodreads Choice Award 2016 double nominee.