Melinda Garcia is a writer based in Hollywood, California. First professionally published in 1989, Melinda worked as a Staff Writer and Columnist for Screamer Magazine, a prominent Los Angeles music magazine in the 1980’s and 1990’s. Submerged in the exciting world of rock-and-roll, Melinda began her career by writing reviews of live band performances in legendary Hollywood nightclubs such as Gazzarri’s, The Roxy, The Whisky A Go-Go and Johnny Depp’s The Viper Room. Eventually, she wrote about major concerts taking place in larger venues such as the Los Angeles Forum, the Universal Amphitheater, the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium and the Irvine Meadows Amphitheater. Melinda has interviewed musicians (in-studio, at record label offices and on tour), wrote feature articles and maintained her own two columns where she reported the latest news within the West Coast music scene. When the magazine expanded to international distribution, Melinda was promoted with a new column reporting major rock-and-roll music events taking place around the world. Some of the musicians she has written about include Aerosmith, The Black Crowes, Guns N’ Roses, Ice-T, Kiss, Motley Crue, Ozzy Osbourne and Van Halen, just to name a few. To date, Melinda has 63 professionally published articles in the field of rock-and-roll.
Eventually, Melinda became actively involved in the world of martial arts. From 1995 to 2005, Melinda was a Contributing Reporter and Writer for Shotokan Karate of America (“SKA”), founded by chief instructor, Tsutomu Ohshima, one of the most highly regarded karate practitioners in the world. Melinda is also a member of SKA’s Black Belt Council. Melinda has written 17 professionally published articles in the field of marital arts, of which, eight of them were front-page cover stories. She has also written for Black Belt Magazine where she interviewed Tsutomo Ohshima.
To date, Melinda continues her writing ventures in entertainment and sports, and is expanding into other areas of media including documentaries and film.
So, what is it that inspires Melinda to keep writing? Melinda explained, “I love to write in general. However, I am inspired to write about people that have that special ‘cutting edge.’ To me, the ‘cutting edge’ means people that generate excitement; people that have fire; people who are able to dig deep within their soul and somehow express themselves creatively to the world in a particular art form. Because of their passion for what they do, they are the best at what they do. In the process of it all, they inspire others to do more and be more. That, to me, is the ‘cutting edge.’ It’s beautiful and moving to watch them in action. When I write about the ‘cutting edge,’ it’s easy and effortless. It’s like finding treasure and sharing it with the world…”
Melinda Garcia was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Long Beach and a Certificate from the University of Paris, Sorbonne. Melinda has been recognized by the Long Beach Press Telegram with an Academy of Achievement Award in Journalism.
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