A Pushcart-nominated author, Melissa Crandall doesn’t like being constrained by genre labels.

“There’s so much I’m interested in, so many things I want to write about. When I’m called a writer of this-or-that, it’s as if I’m supposed to settle on one subject and stay there for eternity.”

Her most recent project, THE MAN WHO LOVES ELEPHANTS, tells the true-life story of Roger Henneous, who for 30 years cared for the largest captive herd of breeding elephants in North America. Widely regarded as a  pioneer in the field of elephant management, and an inspiration to generations of animal care professionals, Henneous is the recipient of the R. Marlin Perkins Certificate of Excellence, Zookeeper of the Year Award, the Edward H. Bean Award from the American Association of Zoological Parks and Aquariums, and the Certificate of Merit for “devoted efforts in managing the Asiatic elephant.”

The book is complete and under consideration.

Crandall’s published work reflects her wide-ranging interests:

“Reclamation,” The Wild Musette Journal, estimated publishing date Fall 2018.

“The Elephant Man Returns,” Journal of the Elephant Managers Association (JEMA), Vol. 29, #1, 2018.

“The Last Zoo Keeper,” The Wild Musette Journal, #1702, Fall 2017.

“Thicker Than Water,” THREE ON A MATCH, The Terror Project, Volume 2 (Books & Boos Press, September 2017).

“Out of the Blue: A First Experience with Canine Epilepsy,”, December 2016.

“Dreams on Racks” and “The Cellar,” TRICKS AND TREATS: A Collection of Spooky Stories by Connecticut Authors (Books & Boos Press, September 2016). Both stories were nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

“At the Intersection of Alzheimer’s and Blessing,” Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Volume 63, Issue 6, Page 1240, June 2015. (This article first appeared in the blog “The Wild Ride: Caretaking Mom Through Alzheimer’s”(2009-2015).

“These Things Take Time,” CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL: The Power of Forgiveness, December 2014.

“Centaur,” Allegory Online Magazine, Spring 2014.

“At Odds with the World: How Dickens’ A Christmas Carol Changed My Life,” The Drunken Odyssey Podcast, May 2013.

“And to All a Good Night,” Amoskeag: The Journal of Southern New Hampshire University, 2009.

Several articles in STRIDES: The Magazine of the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association, 2001-2003.

“Healing Horses,” ASPCA’s Animal Watch, Winter 2002, cover story.

QUANTUM LEAP: SEARCH AND RESCUE, Boulevard Books, The Berkley Publishing Group, February 1996.

EARTH 2, Ace Books, The Berkley Publishing Group, December 1994.

STAR TREK #63: SHELL GAME, Pocket Books, Simon & Schuster, Inc., February 1993.

STAR TREK #60: ICE TRAP (written in collaboration as “L.A. Graf”), Pocket Books, Simon & Schuster, Inc., July 1992.


Melissa enjoys a really good cup of tea, homemade bread, and the company of a few close friends. A proud native of Upstate New York, she currently resides in Connecticut with her husband and their pets.