Hi! My name is Melissa
Welcome to my site.
I am a writer, a compulsive geek, and completely incorrigible when it comes to Nutella.
I love writing. But more importantly, I believe writing should have purpose. It should stay with you, mean something, provoke thinking, and inspire. On my blog, I share reflections on writing with purpose and on using the beauty of words to create new worlds and express ideas. I also share my learning experiences as a writer, the ups and downs of editing and crafting a story, and the difficulties we all experience in trying to create something everlasting in an ever-changing world.
My writing projects cover a bit of everything, but my main focus is YA fantasy and science fiction. I love stories that explore reality through fantastical elements and encourage readers to reflect on seemingly mundane aspects of life.
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A Little Bit More About Me
I was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, where I spent my youth climbing trees, causing mischief with my sisters, and playing with real and imaginary friends alike. After graduating from Brigham Young University with a degree in Latin American Studies, I moved with my growing family to Portland, Sacramento, and then San Francisco.
I dabbled in writing, without any particular goal, for years, accumulating piles of political poetry, short stories, and vignettes. It wasn’t until 2009 that I began to seriously consider sharing my writing with others.
Whenever I’m not writing, I’m homeschooling my kids and eating bread with Nutella like there’s no tomorrow. I also love to pretend I’m an amazing skateboarder (which I am not), and play pie baker of the year (which I am actually pretty good at). Yup, I can bake some killer pies.
- Writing is About Living
- Quitting Never Amounts to Anything. So Keep Writing
- Self-doubt + Crazy + Fear = Writer
- Overcoming Your Fears
- Emotions: A Writer’s Best Fuel