Melissa has been writing for almost twenty years. As a journalist, and short story author she has been published many times, but the dream was always to publish a book (Melissa writes both picture book tales and YA novels and was longlisted for Undiscovered Voices in 2016). Publishing ‘Hide & Seek Hippo’ has been a brilliant adventure.
Born in the UK, Melissa now lives in Tanzania, East Africa, where she is a teacher and writes stories whenever she can. She is mum to a fabulous big boy and an incredible baby girl and the whole family loves to go out on safari, especially to visit the hippo pool.
Melissa loves tea and cake and photography, but she really can’t draw so thank goodness she met the lovely Lauren (who definitely can!). Lauren was born in Alabama, so they might never have met if they hadn’t become almost-neighbours in Dar es Salaam. Melissa has lived in several different countries and has learned that friendships can cross all sorts of boundaries and that the world is not so very big after all – just like Hippo.
Melissa has two of her short stories published in compilations available for purchase:
– ‘Life Lottery’ is featured in this year’s ‘Paw’s For Thought’ anthology – all proceeds go to the RSPCA http://ryecorn.orgfree.com
– and the ‘Best of Cafe Lit collection 2012’ features ‘Diamond, Mine’