Melinda Haynes (born 1955) is an American novelist. She grew up in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. For much of her adult life she was a painter. In 1999, she wrote her first published novel, Mother of Pearl, while living in a mobile home in Grand Bay, Alabama. Melinda Haynes currently resides in Mobile, Alabama with her husband, Ray. Her writing is intimately connected with the Mississippi of the 1950s and the 1960s.
In June 1999, Haynes' first novel, Mother of Pearl (1999, ISBN 0-7868-6485-0, hardcover) was chosen to be a member of Oprah's Book Club. The novel also was a New York Times' Best Seller.
Her second novel Chalktown (May 2, 2001, ISBN 0-7862-3356-7, hardcover) was published by Hyperion Books in Hardback (317 pp) & Paperback (368 pp).
Haynes's third book is titled, Willem's Field (2003, ISBN 0-7432-3849-4). Willem's Field is a 432 page print hardback & paperback book.