Melissa Crandall self-published her first book, “The donky and the cat” when she was seven years old. That was followed by the story, “The Halloween Surprise,” and she hasn’t looked back since.

All through high school, she wrote fan-fiction with friends–Star Trek, Here Come the Brides, Alias Smith and Jones, and Anne McCaffrey’s Pern universe figured prominently. In college, she produced a single-issue ‘zine of her own–PROMETHEA ONE–that featured original fiction. She also contributed to fanzines based on Star Wars, Pern, The Phoenix, Dr. Who, and Elfquest, using those venues to hone her skills. 

She cut her professional writing teeth producing media tie-in novels for Star Trek, Quantum Leap, and Earth 2. From that apprenticeship, she moved on to create worlds of her own.  Besides novels and short stories, she writes essays, guest blog posts, and recently finished what she hopes are the final edits on her first narrative nonfiction book, “The Man Who Loved Elephants.”

Melissa enjoys a well-brewed cup of tea, and being outdoors. She is a member of The Authors Guild, and lives in Connecticut with her husband, their dog Holly, and an ancient cat named Tuna.