MELISSA SAARI grew up in Butte, Montana, which is Evel Knievel’s hometown, and Montana is the setting of her romance novel Mystic Lake. She graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with a Master of Arts and Literature, with a concentration in screenwriting. Melissa loves animals and has taken care of many cats and dogs, including her two current dogs, Marla and Leo. She loves dogs because of their loyalty and protectiveness, which are traits of the characters in Melissa’s young adult novels Curse of the Lion People and Curse of the Black Dragon and her horror novels The Red Satin Shoes and Blue Satin Diary. Melissa currently lives in Central Washington, where the wild and mighty currents of the Columbia River flow past her door with an air of power and mysticism that further informs her writing.