A Pushcart-nominated author, Melissa writes narrative nonfiction and speculative fiction, and recently sold a short story–“The Last Zookeeper”– to The Wild Musette. Her book THE MAN WHO LOVED ELEPHANTS: 30 Years at Oregon’s Washington Park Zoo” is currently being shopped to publishers by agent Bonnie Solow.

Her work has appeared in Tricks and Treats: A Collection of Spooky Stories by Connecticut AuthorsChicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Forgiveness, and Allegory, and been featured on The Drunken Odyssey. A novella, “Thicker Than Water,” is offered in an upcoming collection–THREE ON A MATCH–from Books & Boos Press. She cut her professional writing teeth on media tie-in novels for Star Trek, Quantum Leap, and Earth 2.

Melissa is a self-declared tea snob, and loves being outdoors and around animals. A member of The Authors Guild, she lives in Connecticut with her husband, Ed, a lovable Australian shepherd named Holly, and a “damn fine” cat named Ruby.