Melody Westerdal




Melody Westerdal

Melody Westerdal, a Seattle area native grew up always reading starting from Nancy Drew to Sidney Shelton, Anne Rice, Erma Bombeck, Patricia Cornwell and John Grisham.  After a career as an asset manager at GE Capital, writing nonfiction corporate publications, she completed two years of Popular Fiction classes at the University of Washington and writes fiction and nonfiction.  She has published internet restaurant reviews for restaurants in Seattle and Honolulu.  She gets inspiration from vacationing in Sweden or Hawaii.  Living in the Seattle area she is surrounded by a technology dominated family.  She occasionally runs away to play tennis, paint abstract art or redesigns her garden.





Home Town:

Bellevue, WA



B.A. Degree, Political Science, University of Washington and CPM® Certified Property Manager



Tennis, writing, tennis, travel, tennis, skiing, tennis, sailing, tennis, gardening, tennis, designing and tennis



Always keep trying, there has got to be a way

It is a tragedy to waste the mind

Set your goals and achieve them
Take satisfaction in accomplishments

Work you enjoy is play


Favorite Movies:

Midnight in Paris, Chocolat, House of Cards, the Big Short & Money Monster.


Favorite Thinkers:

Warren Buffet and Voltaire


Favorite TV Shows:

Sharktank, CSI, Food Network shows, Jay Leno, 20/20, Sixty Minutes and NCIS


Favorite Music:

Andrea Bocelli, Diana Krall, Tony Bennett, The Beatles, Kenny G, James Galway, Mozart and Vivaldi


Countries Visited:

Austria, Belgium, Canada, Costa Rica, Croatia, Denmark, England, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Macedonia, Mexico, Monaco, Norway, Panama, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and Vatican City


States/Territories Visited:

Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Bahamas, Barbados, Martinique, St. Croix, St. John, St. Kitts, Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Martin, and St. Thomas


Favorite Quotes:

“Always do the right thingNorman Schwarzkopf Jr.

Appreciate all that comes your way

“Art is my life” Ilona Ritler

Coffee is my drug of choice
Dance like nobody's looking
Dark chocolate is worth it
Do your best every day
Eat less and keep moving
Exhale warmth & understanding
“Laugh, love and be merry” Piet Hein
Lead as a role model for those around you

My garden is my sanctuary
Savor the present

“Skiing on fumes” Bode Miller

Stay away from boring people
Surround yourself with beauty
Take action and lead
Think only positive thoughts
Treasure your family and friends

Web Favorites:

Wikipedia, Google, Craig's List Seattle & Investopedia


Favorite Restaurants:

Alan Wong’s, Le Bistro, Hau Tree Lanai, Seastar, Wild Ginger, Lobster Shop, Palisades and Palomino


Favorite Ski Areas:

Sun Valley, Crystal Mountain, Mt. Bachelor and Whistler Mountain


Favorite Subjects:

Art, History, Investing, Philosophy, Politics, and Trends in thinking.


Favorite Airline:

Alaska Airlines


Favorite Authors:

Janet Evanovich, John Grisham, and J.A. Jance.


Favorite Chefs:

The Barefoot Contessa (Ina Garten), Emeril Lagasse, Michael Chiarello, and Wolfgang Puck


Favorite Cities:

Florence, Honolulu, Paris, New York London, San Francisco, Roma and Stockholm.


Favorite Comedian:

Jerry Seinfeld


Favorite Sports Show:  

Winter Olympics & US Open Tennis



PNWA, MWA, Sisters in Crime, BOMA and IREM.



Christina Westerdal, Per Westerdal, Evii, Anders & John Westerdal, Elisabeth & Rolle Westerdal, Laila & Håkan Westerdal


Favorite Beaches

Kailua Beach & Waikiki Beach


Favorite  Museums

MOMA, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Musee d’Orsee, Seattle Art Museum