Melissa was born and raised in Mississippi, not too far from the birthplace of Elvis Presley. The oldest of four children, she spent a lot of time reading books as fast as she could get her hands on them. That love for reading transformed into a desire to write, which she tried while attending college at Mississippi State University. After several failed attempts to finish a manuscript, she put her dream aside.
In 2013, the urge to write resurfaced and determined to finish it, she plowed through. Shattered Dreams was published in September 2013. It marked not only a personal accomplishment, but also the realization of a promise made to a close friend, Robin, who passed away in 2011.
Melissa currently lives in Meridian, Mississippi with her husband, Robert, a daughter, Rebecca, one feisty chihuahua and a cat that is obsessed with her computer.