Melissa’s home in southern Arizona’s breathtaking Sonoran Desert. She documents what she see with pictures and video and shares her experiences of the plants and animals — from the hairy tarantula and foreboding rattlesnake to the mesquite tree and the mariposa lily — and her thoughts on writing at her blog WHAT I SAW …
Melissa is also a full-time freelance writer and novelist. Her novel, Bedside, was named a semi-finalist in the 2011 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Writing Competition for a novel-in-progress, and recently a finalist in the Columbus Creative Cooperative’s Great Novel Contest 2014. Her magazine articles have won numerous awards with Writer’s Digest, IABC and the International Academy of the Visual Arts.
She is a member of the Society of Southwestern Authors and the Arizona Historical Novel Society.