Born and raised in California, Melissa inherited a love of literature from her mom, who taught her to read by age four. At thirteen, Melissa started penning poetry and song lyrics. Shortly thereafter, journaling became a daily habit, and a writer was born.
Melissa earned a BA in English with a concentration in creative writing from Sonoma State University. Since then, she has worked as a technical writer, business writer, professional blogger, copywriter, and author.
Melissa is the founder and editor of Writing Forward, a blog packed with creative writing tips and ideas. Her Adventures in Writing book series is filled with writing exercises, prompts, and best practices in the craft of writing.
Other Work and Interests
As an advocate for animal welfare, Melissa supports the No Kill movement, which seeks to end the practice of killing homeless animals in shelters. She is also an anti-censorship activist supporting free speech for writers and artists and working to maintain an open and free Internet.