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Born and raised in Northern California, Melissa inherited a love of literature and language from her mom, who taught Melissa to read by age four.
Melissa started writing poetry and song lyrics at thirteen. Shortly thereafter, she began journaling. She studied creative writing at Sonoma State University, earning a BA in English with a concentration in creative writing. Since then, Melissa has worked as a technical writer, business writer, copywriter, professional blogger, and writing coach.
Blogging is one of Melissa’s favorite writing passions, along with fiction and poetry. In 2007, she launched Writing Forward, a block packed with creative writing tips and ideas. Melissa is the author of 101 Creative Writing Exercises and is currently working on the follow-up book in her Adventures in Writing series.