Melissa grew up surrounded by dragons, fearsome creatures, and damsels in distress from the wonderful world of make believe. She soon found her ideas on paper, littering her desk with world maps and character biographies. Study hall was used not for homework but for writing. Although she pursued a career in theater, the written word never left her. Melissa now leads a full life with her husband and children (four amazingly adorable clones to be exact), though she still finds time to write in her “spare time”. She sports a Military Wife badge of honor, and is lucky enough to have her own knight in camo armor.
Melissa enjoys reading everything from sexy, sword-toting heroes to spit-out-your coffee funny romantic comedies. Her passion lies within the ancient walls of fantasy and historical fiction, where anything is possible.
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.