Hi there! Thanks for stopping by. My name is Melissa, and I’m a mother of two beautiful children. I write for them. To put smiles on their faces. To help them think and care about the world around them. I hope the children in your life enjoy my stories as well, and that my books may add a little sweetness to your own story times.

I am a mom. My son is bright, intuitive, curious, and a natural engineer just like his dad. My daughter is a swirling, musical, smiling creative free-spirit. Like me on my good days. On my off days, I refuel with chocolate.

I am a former TV news reporter and anchor. Storytelling is now and always has been a big part of who I am.

And I am a writer. My work has won awards for fiction short stories, been published in a national magazine, appeared on kitchen tables during my brief stint as a print reporter, and rode into homes on the airwaves of network affiliates in the Northwest when I reported and anchored the day’s news.

I have also served on the boards for my local chapters of Mystery Writers of America and the Pacific Northwest Writers Association.

I love to write! Every book you buy and review helps me start my Stories and Smiles project – a way to bring comfort to children in need of overnight stays at hospitals and care centers around the country. To read more, please visit the Stories and Smiles page of my website.

If you’d like to drop me an e-mail, just fill out the form below. Have a great day!


34 thoughts on “About

    1. Wow, thank you very much! This is the first award I’ve received since I switched my blog over to this one, from my previous Play 101 blog. And I appreciate it very much! What a wonderful way to start the week. 🙂


  1. Hi Melissa! I came to know about your blog through Arindham and I’m really glad that I did. You have a beautiful blog here and I’m really looking forward to read more of your stuff 🙂


  2. Hallo, please introduce, my name Ricky, from Indonesia.
    I think you are a good blog manager, writer, and very simple.
    And it\’s a pleasure to visit your blog. Finally, thank you for writing.



    1. Hi Becky, Wowsies! Thank you very much. A very apropos award, as it is indeed a sunshiny time of year. And after having just read your post, now I have your title song stuck in my head! 🙂 Congratulations to you too, my friend!


  3. Hi, I just found your blog through ‘freshly pressed’ as I’ve just started my own blog and was hunting for some good ones to read myself. Your blog jumped out at me, I look forward to reading your stories!


    1. Thank you very much! Funny that you happened to discover my blog while I was (and am) on summer vacation. From blogging, that is. 🙂 I hope to return at the end of next month, and I appreciate your good thoughts and well wishes. Looking forward to visiting your blog as well!


    1. Thank you, Grandma Nancy! What great news. 🙂 I appreciate the nomination, and will be over to your blog to thank you shortly. I’m on a summer blogging break at the moment, so I hope you can forgive my tardiness in replying to such a nice comment.


  4. Hi! Your blog is so refreshing. 🙂
    It’s so nice being a mom, huh?! Each day’s experience is different, you don’t really know what to expect… and yet you never feel as fulfilled and your heart is always overflowing with love and joy. And the hugs are free, too!! (Plus you have lots to write about!)
    More power to you! Looking forward to reading more of your posts. 😉


Leave a Reply to happykidshappymom Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s