About Me

About Me

Melissa is the author of ‘Hide & Seek Hippo’ and ‘Sam’s Shadow Braves the Night’. Her third book ‘The River of Stories’ was commissioned in South Africa is currently being illustrated.

She has won several writing competitions (from Writer’s Cafe to NAWG) and, during her years as a journalist, written for a wide range of newspapers and magazines (from The Independent to Digital Photographer). She is currently working on a YA novel and submitting her next picture book to agents.

Being an author is Melissa’s dream job. She adores meeting readers and sharing her stories, and also supporting parents to encourage their participation in the magic of bedtime stories.
Before she started writing she was an English and drama teacher who did all she could to get kids to love the magic of words: Standing on desks and yelling Shakespeare; actors who appeared suddenly announcing a crime had been committed; and listening to rap artists to introduce poetry, were all part of the experience!
Melissa lives with her husband and two children in Tanzania, East Africa where they have spent the past 15 years. She is a wildlife lover, photography obsessive (cue her children eye-rolling), and can’t walk past a jewellery shop without going in. She functions on caffeine, hugs and looking forward to the next travel adventure.
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The past twenty years of story immersion have resulted in Melissa working to champion reading for children – not only because stories are magical and reading is the best gift you can give a child, but also because of the science that goes along with it.  that it helps you build great relationships with children; creates more empathic adults; and encourages more secure individuals. These are just some of the amazing side effects of enjoying a good picture book at bedtime with your little one. With this at the forefront, Melissa has toured many schools and several countries talking to children from 3 – 18, as well as to parents and teachers, about her stories and about reading in general. It is anticipated that this project will continue in many exciting ways in the New Year!

In addition to her two picture books ‘Hide & Seek Hippo’ and ‘Sam & Shadow Brave the Night’, 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’

She is also working on a YA novel, the opening for which led to her being listed for ‘Undiscovered Voices’.