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’m also the author of Markram Battles, an ongoing collection of short science fiction stories.
I love writing. More importantly, I believe writing should have purpose. It should stay with you, mean something, provoke thinking, 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 Young Adult fantasy and science fiction. I love stories that explore reality through fantastical elements and encourage readers to reflect on seemingly mundane aspects of life.
I publish new articles as often as I’m able, which lately means not often at all. What can I say? Life gets in the way sometimes.
The best way to connect with me is through my email list. It will keep you in the loop on new articles, announcements about writing projects, and other exclusive material. I love to hear from readers, fellow writers, and literature lovers, and I’d love to hear from you, too. You can sign up to keep in touch HERE.
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A Little Bit More About Me
I was born and raised in 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 to San Francisco, where I currently reside with my industrial designer husband, three homeschoolers, and two giant teddy bears.
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 like to kill time on Pinterest, pretend I’m a scooter master in front of my kids, read, and bake. Yup, I can bake some killer pies.
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