Melissa Crandall’s work reflects a wide range of interests including speculative and fabulist fiction, science fiction, horror, and essays on many topics, including therapeutic horseback riding, canine epilepsy, dementia, and elephants.
Her latest book, ELEPHANT SPEAK: A Devoted Keeper’s Life Among the Herd, tells the true-life story of Roger Henneous, who for 30 years cared for the largest captive herd of breeding elephants in North America. has just been acquired by Ooligan Press. It tells the true-life story of Roger Henneous, who for 30 years worked at Washington Park Zoo (now the Oregon Zoo) caring for the largest captive herd of breeding elephants in North America. Widely regarded as a pioneer in the field of elephant management, Henneous has been an inspiration to generations of animal care professionals and 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 has been acquired by Ooligan Press in Portland, OR and is scheduled to appear in Spring 2020.
Crandall’s writing has appeared in over a dozen publications including ASPCA’s Animal Watch, Allegory Online Magazine, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Wild Musette, Journal of the Elephant Managers Association, and the collections Darling Wendy and Other Stories, Three on a Match, and Tricks & Treats: Spooky Stories by Connecticut Authors. Her story “Darling Wendy” won First Prize in the New England Writers Network 2002 Short Story Contest. Her novellas “The Cellar” and “Thicker Than Water” were nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Crandall cut her professional writing teeth on media tie-in novels for Star Trek, Quantum Leap, and Earth 2.
“A decent cook, but a better baker,” Crandall’s taste is books, music, and movies ranges far and wide. She loves animals, being outdoors, and a really good cup of tea. A collector of unusual Santa Claus figurines, she’s also a proud native of Upstate New York.
She lives in Connecticut with her husband and pets. Crandall is a member of the Authors Guild and the Elephant Managers Association.