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Hello! My name is Melissa. I’ve been writing for approximately half-a-lifetime, but only recently have I begun writing novels for kids–and it feels like home. I probably should have figured it out sooner, since I’ve never dressed up like a character from a book for grown-ups for Halloween.

Me, age 10, as Helen from Wait Til Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn

And because I still remember this feeling of getting into a brand new book:

Me, at age 11, with the latest Sweet Valley Twins box set! Thanks, Francine Pascal!

Being a kid is full of wonderful and mortifying moments, and–as you can see–lots of questionable fashion choices. Part of me feels (and will probably always feel) like I am still there, forever tuned in to my inner twelve-year-old.

I am currently querying agents for representation and–if necessary–fashion advice.