"I push myself to achieve what I dream. What I dream, I like to put on paper for others to experience."
Melissa is the author of several books for preschoolers. She writes fiction and educational works in various genres: picture books, easy readers, and activity books.
Born in Putnam, Connecticut, Melissa grew up in the small town landscape of Thompson, Connecticut. In high school she competed for and won a seat in the Connecticut Writer's Symposium with an unfinished thriller novel as her submission. She attended Nichol's College, then focused on producing business professionals, where she helped found the college's literary magazine - Windfall. Melissa was Windfall's first editor, holding the position for three years.
When not working, Melissa enjoys spending time with her husband traveling the country and the world via bicycle, foot, motorcycle, motorhome, and boat. She is an avid coin collector and enjoys digging into history. She challenges herself to leave her library, put down her pencil, or close her book and physically engage with the world through activities like scuba diving and dirt bike riding.
Melissa is currently creating another Rooster tale and additional Playtime activities for children. She is also working on an adult fiction series set in 12th century eastern Europe.
Melisa is available for consulting, speaking engagements, and reading groups.