Melissa grew up in the Chihuahuan desert during the last echo of the old west riding horses and hiking through the desert. After high school, she was American Field Service Exchange Student to Austria. She worked as a fine and performing arts critic at New Mexico State University, and was on the National AAF Advertising Team where she was recognized for writing music and lyrics. She graduated with a bachelor of communications and two of her college advertising campaigns appeared on national TV. After graduation, she and her father went to Ireland and England to study ancient monuments while traveling for fun.
Today, she lives with her husband of 23 years, a young adult son, and a variety of animals. She works behind the scenes for her family monument business, designing some of the stones and doing paperwork. She also cooks and keeps the household functioning while trying to find time to write and draw. After a twenty-year absence from the writing scene, she won the sonnet competition on Harpers Collins Authonomy web site and is currently working on a collection of spooky poems, short stories and several novels. She is also in the process of illustrating a variety of her own children’s picture books.
Outside of the amazing accomplishment of staying married for 23 years, Melissa also composed a wonderful poem for the anthology entitled “Window Wraith.” Here’s a taste:
I rocked and I swayed and I silently prayed
For help to escape the macabre masquerade
Of dark shadowed figures on silent parade
Ghosts out on their witching hour tirade
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