Melissa leads a full life of children (four amazingly adorable clones to be exact), pets, barbies, and camo. She is a full-time stay at home mom, who also doubles as a covert Disney travel agent during naps and snack times, a seasonal soccer mom, and go-to meal provider. She sports a Military Wife badge of honor and is currently sexually deprived for your freedom. She manages to write in her “spare time”, which may or may not involve a locked door, juice boxes, cheese sticks and sending her incredibly brave Soldier husband into no-man’s land to fend for himself when he’s actually home.
She enjoys reading everything from sexy, sword-toting heroes to spit-out-your-coffee romantic comedies. She also loves to hyphenate. -
I write because the voices in my head tell me to.
No, seriously, they do.
But before you pass me off as crazy, let me explain.
The earliest story I remember writing was when I was six years old. It was about a little Christmas tree named Little Tree, and he was sad because he was cut down and taken away from his momma tree. In the end it all worked out because he found a nice family that loved him and decorated him beautifully.
If only he had known that once January 1st hit he would be stripped of his fancy jewels and baubles and tossed to the curb like a piece of unwanted refuse.
Even at six I had a flair for the dramatics.
I found that when I wrote, I was suddenly transported to another place and time - it was as if I could see a movie in my mind, and I had the front row seat.
I can see my characters - when they talk, when they smile, or how they love. I can smell that metallic scent when they bleed. They tell me what to write, and I’m merely their pawn.
I first decided to put words to paper for RETURN TO ME in 2003, when my husband joined the Army and left home for Basic Training. Writing passed the time and eased the heartache of his absence. I poured the anguish, the struggle, and our fight for love into my characters and the novel took form. These days, when I’m not chasing around my four amazingly awesome children, I’m loving my very own warrior—my husband. He’s a US Army Officer and I couldn’t be more excited to roll-play plot ideas with him while touring the world in my very own romance. Some day, I may even get him in a kilt.