About Melissa

Melissa Buell has always had a vivid imagination and would fall asleep to scenes she would make up. That then turned into writing those scenes out which turned into...a novel. She graduated cum laude from California State University, Fullerton with a B.A. in English, emphasis on Secondary Education. She is an English teacher. She is also a voracious reader who loves many genres. She lives in her native Southern California with her husband and two sons.

Favorite pastimes include spending time with her husband and kids, taking photographs, baking, blogging,  volunteering, sewing, crafting, and reading!

Things that make her smile: descending into her Writer Cave, white daisies, Milano cookies, costume parties, children's laughter, super fine tip pens, strawberries, honesty, book speaking with friends, singing loudly in the car to Disney musicals and/or Taylor Swift songs, writing for hours at Panera, drinking coffee with friends, watching children's movies with her kids, searching for books at the library.
Things that she doesn't like: rude people, injustice.

Quick Facts:
-Born and raised in Southern California.
-Loves camping in the mountains and at the beach.
-Has a hard time saying "no" to people who ask for help.
-Loves coffee. And tea. And Coke. Not necessarily in that order.
-Has more books than bookshelves.
-Loves finding treasures at thrift stores.
-LOVES to read. All the time.

Favorite authors
-Jane Austen
-Ally Carter
-Robin McKinley
-Rick Riordan
-E.D. Baker
-Heather Hepler
-Tom Clancy
-Robin Jones Gunn
-Lisa Bergren

Favorite Quotes

"The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid."
-Jane Austen
"Good books, like good friends, are few and chosen; the more select, the more enjoyable."
-Louisa May Alcott

"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."
—Dr. Seuss "I Can Read With My Eyes Shut"