Melissa writes fiction for adults, teens, and children. Her books have been translated into 28 languages to date and been bestsellers in the US (NY Times, LA Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal) as well as various countries overseas. She is best known for the Wicked Lovely series for teens and Graveminder for adults.
Wicked Lovely, her debut novel, was simultaneously released in the US and UK by HarperCollins in 2007 (with translation rights also sold in twenty-some countries). It debuted as a NY Times Bestseller and evolved into a multi-book series with myriad accolades and international bestseller lists.
Her debut adult book, Graveminder, released to strong critical reception in 2011. Following that she has edited anthologies with Kelley Armstrong (Enthralled and Shards & Ashes) and with Tim Pratt (Rags & Bones), and released a second adult novel (The Arrivals) in 2013.
With Kelley Armstrong, Melissa is the co-author of the Blackwell Pages trilogy (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers), a children’s trilogy about the Norse myth of Ragnarök.
Her first picture book (Bunny Roo, I Love You) was released in April 2015. It was written while she was in the hospital with her baby, who was very sick. Her second picture book, Baby Dragon, Baby Dragon!, released in 2019. A third, Bunny Roo and Duckling Too followed 2021. All three picture books are with Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Books.
Under the name Ronnie Douglas, Melissa has written several adult romances as well-- the self-published Unlawful, as well as Undaunted and Unruly (via HarperCollins).
Additionally, Melissa has published a YA thriller, assorted short fiction, and in charity anthologies. There are three essays in three charity anthologies: Things We Haven't Said (Zest Books, the title drawn from her essay about being a rape survivor), Life Inside my Mind (about mental illness), and Nevertheless We Persisted.
More recently--during the pandemic--she published indie books-- a prequel to Wicked Lovely, a new Urban Fantasy series (faeries, magic, & draugr), and the ebook & print version of her Audible Original Thriller, Pretty Broken Things.
2021 brings a new middle grade (The Hidden Knife via Penguin). 2022 will bring a Wicked Lovely sequel, and a photography picture book (Penguin), 2023 will bring a another middle grade (Penguin), a graphic novel (D.C. Comics) and picturebook (Penguin).
Currently, Melissa resides in Arizona with her partner of several years (Amber). Together with the children's father, they raise a hyper son and a college-age son.
Born: July 25, 1972
Died: Not yet
Family: 3 kids, 1 father to my kids, 1 Girlfriend/Partner
Current Job: Mom
Other Jobs: Writer
Random Jobs: Teacher, freelance editor, photographer.
Prior Jobs: University teacher, bartender, waitress, archaeology site worker, daycare teacher, cocktail waitress
Hobbies: Motherhood, kayaking, Longsword, Pilates, Swimming, Gardening, Hiking, Photography, Reading
Religion: Jew By Choice
Politics: See above; super liberal
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I grew up believing in faeries, ghosts, and other creatures. As a teen I spent a LOT of time in trouble with principals, grounded, and high. Not ideal, but a combo of issues with authority and a rape meant I was a difficult child and teen.
College. Grad school. Did well. Graduated with a 3.8GPA. (My eldest kid beat my GPA!)
Then teaching college literature and writing for a decade plus.
Now, I write, mother, teach, edit, and take photos.