Melissa Yuan-Innes is an emergency room doctor and writer who lives with her husband, one son, one daughter, two cows, and too many mosquitoes outside of Montreal, Canada.
She writes thrillers and science fiction/fantasy under Melissa Yuan-Innes, mysteries under the name Melissa Yi, romance under Melissa Yin, and children's/YA under Melissa Yuan.
"Mixing mystery in with sheer humanity and splendid characterization, Yuan-Innes's story is a delight."
--Alicia Curtis, A&E Editor, The Stormy Petrel
"Melissa Yuan-Innes delivers a Bradburyian shocker"
--Paul Di Filippo, Asimov's
"Yuan-Innes employs a fresh use of language to spin a storyline that is at once universally familiar and intriguingly original."
--Brian Agincourt Massey, judge of the 2008 Innermoonlit Award for Best First Chapter of a Novel, in awarding first prize to _The Popcorn Girl Meets Darwin Jones_
Where to find Melissa Yuan-Innes online
Magic by the Dollar: A Skeptic, a Scrooge, and Two Kids in the Kingdom of Orlando
One family. Three days. Two theme parks. Will they survive?
Code name: The Skeptic. When he was a kid, his parents would drive him and his sister down on annual torture-trips to Florida, with the dog sandwiched between them. The Skeptic hates crowds and noise, and barely tolerates his own family. Theme parks=the most excruciating place on earth, to him. So why should he submit to this
The Cancer Christmas
When my father--the smart, strong, mostly silent type--got diagnosed with a brain tumor a few months after his 56th birthday, I figured we'd ended up with the worst Christmas present ever. Instead, he and my infant son taught me the most important Christmas lesson of all.
The Cheap and Lovely Guide to Montreal: Food, Fun, Fashion, and Ze French
The gourmet capital of North America, where you don’t have to pay big bucks for the best eats.
The city of beautiful women and men, where you can buy eco-conscious fashion by local designers, at a bargain.
The endless fun of festivals, clubs, dancing on a mountain, or chilling out to yoga.
And oh yes, ze French. Beauty and joie de vivre.
The Knowledgeable Lion: Poems and Prose by the Unfeeling Doctor in Africa
I yearned to visit Africa.
Instead, I finished my medical training, got married, and had kids. Then my teacher friend, Becky, said, “My school is going to South Africa. You could come.”
This is a short book of poems, mixed with occasional prose, about my travels in South Africa and Swaziland. As a tourist, instead of as a doctor. As the African proverb says, “Travel teaches how to see."
The Unfeeling Thousandaire: How I Made $10,000 Indie Publishing and You Can, Too!
In my first few months of indie publishing, I made zero dollars. That's right. The big donut.
But by the end of my first year, I'd grossed over $10,000, making me not a millionaire, but a thousandaire.
How? Hard work and a bit of good luck.
We can all profit from indie publishing, whether it's a little or a lot. Come join the thousandaires club!
The Unfeeling Wannabe Surgeon: A Med School Memoir
The hours are inhumane.
The people are insane.
But you literally hold someone's life in your hands.
And the one thing that nobody told me before I plunged hands-first into my surgical rotation, the thing I had to discover for myself, was that, compared to anything else in medicine,
every blood-spattered second of surgery is so much fun.
The Unfeeling Doctor Betwixt Birthing Babies: Poems About Love, Loss, and More Love
This is the story about a plucky emergency doctor giving birth to two healthy babies—and all the whacked-out stuff that happens in between. Death and disease stalk and smite my family; I'm trying to save lives in the ER and conceive another baby.
Warning: this book is less about official doctor-ing and more about my unbalanced life (but funny! And plucky! Did I mention plucky?).
Beware of the Chinese Mama: Novel Excerpts About the Chinese Mama-fioso
"Why don't you write about your mother, like Amy Tan?" said a friend.
I resisted, but my mother crept into my writing. Is she a tiger mother? Not strict enough. Dragon lady? Too disorganized. Girl yelling "Me love you long time?" Uh, try another era. My mother defies stereotype.
For my friend, and for anyone else who likes, or fears, or is a Chinese Mama, read and weep over the Chinese mama-fioso.
These Delicate Creatures
When a tyrant overtakes her space colony, Emma Lo strikes back with her art.
She employs nanotechnology to transform her nearly century-old body so that she may play Othello in a desperate bid to satirize and overthrow the President—until someone hacks Emma's com link and begins to blackmail her.
A cat-and-mouse game where Emma's life and spirit are at stake.
Piranhas, Pickle Joe, and Me
What if...your best friend was a long, thin slice of dill pickle and you played with him every night in your dreams?
What if...this world became more real than the one you're in right now?
What if...Pickle Joe took you swimming up the Amazon River and the piranhas attacked you?
The Littlest Caregiver
When my father was diagnosed with brain cancer, I could handle the hospital. I'm a doctor. I pushed for faster and better treatment. But the actual caretaking? I fumbled.
Luckily, my infant son Max was wiser than me. Here is Max and Dad's story.
This essay will also appear in my book, The Unfeeling Doctor, Unplugged.
"Beautiful...one of your best pieces ever."-Medical Post editor David Hodges
'Buddhish': The Unfeeling Doctor's Freefall into Buddhism, Grief and Grace
So how did this agnostic emergency doctor first find Buddhism, or Buddhish-ness?
I had started practicing medicine while pregnant with my first child. Then my life shattered. At 20 weeks, I delivered a stillborn baby girl.
A local priest said, "You need to forgive yourself, and I can't help you with that."
This is the story of Buddhism leading me on my path to forgiveness.
Waiting for Jenny Rex
Jenny Reed? Just another kid who died from anorexia.
Jenny Rex? That's Jenny Reed back from the grave, informing the world about her deadly disease. Instead of dragging entrails and consuming brains, she's charming the world with her drive, her sass, and funny little streaks of innocence.
Especially Josh, the media-savvy reporter, who falls in love with the world's first zombie.
The Unfeeling Doctor, Unplugged: More True Tales From Med School and Beyond
Was I always The Most Unfeeling Doctor in the World? Of course not. I offer you counter-examples from medical school, a time when I was so earnest, I scraped my finger on the mannequin while practicing my digital rectal exam technique (true story).
Now I practice emergency medicine in the digital age, where Twitter co-exists with trauma and tendonitis.
Come on in.
Dancers With Red Shoes
When magical creatures need a cure, they journey to the Wizard's Hospital.
On a sweltering day in July, a pair of red shoes dance in the tower of the Wizard's Hospital. Leah Chang, the wizard's apprentice, brings the shoes to audition for the Royal Academy of Magical Ballet.
A Pain in the Toenails
Ah, the innocence of medical school. This is a story from my third year of clinical clerkship, when I started rotating through the hospital wards.
One patient taught me about ulcerative colitis...and a few other things.
You can also find this essay in my book, The Most Unfeeling Doctor in the World and Other True Tales from the Emergency Room.
"[A] medical student who is anything but ordinary...
Kyla has a strange gift: she can hear skin songs. To her, a person's skin has a song and each person sounds differently. On arriving at med school she finds herself in a quandary: does the skin song continue after death?
Mixing mystery in with sheer humanity and splendid characterization, Yuan-Innes's story is a delight."
When magical creatures need a cure, they journey to the Wizard's Hospital.
On a cold day in December, a mysterious man makes a pilgrimage to a hidden corner of Montreal, Canada. He has been walking for almost 2000 years and must negotiate a dwarf, a three-headed dog, and worse yet, pesky apprentices before reaching the poutine-loving wizard named Noah who might be able to help him.
Mrs. Marigold's House
Every Hallowe'en, Mrs. Marigold invites only six children to her mansion. One boy, Adam, warns Ashley away, but her parents, desperate to get in good with the richest woman in town, force her to go.
Trick or treat?
Trick. Definitely trick.
The question is if Ashley can get out alive.
"Yuan-Innes delivers a Bradburyian shocker in 'Mrs. Marigold's House'.....Highly recommended."-Paul Di Filippo
Two Shaolin monks exiled to outer space try to keep up their traditions, including kung fu, on their way to answer an alien communication signal. But when Little Tiger falls ill, they must reinvent their approach in order to survive.
"[A]n intriguing story of a group of Chinese dissidents sent on a treacherous space mission to contact aliens in the outer Solar System..."
D. Douglas Fratz, sfsite
A pregnant teenager donates her embryo to a recipient mother who wants red-haired children. The doctor who pioneered the technology performs the microsurgery exquisitely.
Everyone should live happily ever after.
Except this isn't a fairy tale.
"Red," a short story originally published in Nature's Future science fiction section.
The Most Unfeeling Doctor in the World and Other True Tales From the Emergency Room
Life as an emergency doctor.
That teenager puking up two liters of vodka and his stomach lining at triage? Yup. Blood pouring out of a terrified pregnant woman? Call me. Plus the patient who no longer has a nosebleed screaming at me across the department, "You. Are. The Most. Unfeeling doctor. I have ever met!"
Come on in.
Nominated for the Top 50 Must-Read Books for Nurses in 2012.
Space and Time Books
"Anyone who loves bookstores will enjoy "Space and Time Books" by Melissa Yuan-Innes, a lyrical tale with a very different central character."
In a world where two independent bookshops close every week, Space and Time Books takes its fate into its own hands.
Well, it's a bookstore. It doesn't actually have hands. But it does have a Book of Spells that grants it three wishes...
Embryos in Space
Award-winning author and physician, Melissa Yuan-Innes, explores the strange new worlds of embryo transplantation ("Red"), human-ape genetic engineering ("Growing Up Sam"), and exile (two Shaolin monks banished to outer space in "Iron Monk") in an exclusive collection of her science fiction stories.
Growing Up Sam
I half bonobo, half human.
That make people want to kill me.
I not care. I play in my steel room.
But then something go very wrong.
Honorable Mention, The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Second Annual Collection
"affecting"-- SF Site
"strong...In tone the story resembles Flowers for Algernon.... Yuan-Innes pulls off quite a difficult balancing act."
Little Box of Horror
Award-winning author Melissa Yuan-Innes gathers three of her most disquieting tales, "Skin Song," "The Dormitory of the Friable Little Girls," and "Mrs. Marigold's House" for your reading (dis)pleasure.
From a medical student rightfully afraid of dissecting a cadaver to sadistic nuns and vampire schoolgirls, come in and open this little box of horror.
The Dormitory of the Friable Little Girls
When Melanie's mother dumps her at the Little Flower Preparatory College for Girls, Melanie can handle the uniforms and the 6 a.m. wake-up calls. But when the nuns' discipline turns savage and Melanie discovers that the parents have essentially abandoned them, Melanie must save herself and her best friend, even if it means consorting with a vampire.