Melissa is an internationally bestselling author, best known for “Wicked Lovely” series, and her children’s Norse mythology series, “The Blackwell Pages. 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. Her upcoming novel, “Seven Black Diamonds,”(Jan 2016), is about faery sleeper cells, rock stars, eco-terrorism, and broken princesses.
Melissa grew up believing in faeries, ghosts, and other creatures. After teaching college literature and writing for a decade, she applied her fascination with folklore to writing her own books. Melissa writes fiction for adults, teens, and children. She is best known for the “Wicked Lovely” series for teens and “Graveminder” for adults. “Wicked Lovely” was her first novel; it 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.
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 childrenâ€™s series about the Norse myth of RagnarÃ¶k. “Loki’s Wolves” released in 2013; it was followed by “Odin’s Ravens” in 2014. The third volume in the trilogy, “Thor’s Serpentsâ€‹,” will be released in May 2015. Her HarperCollins 2014 release, “Made For You,” utilizes both her graduate degree in Southern Literature and her personal experience with stalkers in a story about a killer who terrorizes a small North Carolina town. Her first picture book, “Bunny Roo, I Love You,” will be released in April 2015. It was written while she was in the hospital with her baby, who was very sick. 2016 will see the release of her newest YA book, â€‹”Seven Black Diamonds,” which is the first in a new two-book faery series. Currently, Melissa resides in Virginia with family and too many dogs.