About Melissa

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When I was five years old, Santa Claus brought me a typewriter.

No more writing my stories and poems by hand.  I was A Real Writer. After self-publishing my debut collection (“Stories by Melissa”) of illustrated stories and drawings a few days later, I knew what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

A few decades later, I am a writer – of blog posts, of creative nonfiction pieces, short stories in various stages of completion, grant proposals for the nonprofit I work for, grocery lists, and a novel that isn’t sure what the hell it wants to be when it grows up. I’m a freelance book reviewer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.  In spring 2016, I was honored to be selected to be part of Listen to Your Mother Pittsburgh 2016, where I read the most personal story of my life onstage to an audience of hundreds.

Born and raised in suburban Philadelphia, I currently live with my husband and our 14 year old twins in Pittsburgh, Pa.  My short, short story Extractions is available on Amazon.com in addition to three books I’ve edited.

Connect with me through email (thefirmangroup AT gmail.com), on Facebook, Twitter or via the Contact Me form on this website.  (Regretfully, I am unable to accept any books for review at this time due to time constraints and writing projects.)