Hello, and welcome to my website.

I'm Melissa Crandall and I write ... well, whatever compels me. In the past, that's been fantasy/speculative fiction and nonfiction essays, but since February I've been involved in a nonfiction book project I'm very excited about. (For more on that, click the blog tab above.)

My novels include media tie-ins for Star Trek, Quantum Leap, and Earth 2, as well as an original fantasy Weathercock. My short fiction has appeared in the ezine Allegory, the collection Darling Wendy and Other Stories, and in Amoskeag: The Journal of Southern New Hampshire University. My nonfiction work has appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, the Journal of the American Geriatric Society, NARHA's Strides, and ASPCA's Animal Watch.

I'm proud to be a regular participant in The Exquisite Project at Bill Library in Ledyard, CT. This year, I also had the pleasure to be involved in Connecticut Humanities "The CT Caper," a story written in serial form employing the talents of twelve writers and artists from across the state.

Until recently, I maintained a semi-regular blog, "The Wild Ride" chronicling my experience as caretaker to my mother, who suffered from dementia. Mom passed away in June of this year, so the blog has grown somewhat fallow, but I drop in from time to time to write about the grief process or provide a shoulder for someone who needs to vent about their experiences as a caretaker. It's important to realize that you're not alone.

Now that my time is once again my own -- more or less -- I'm looking forward to finding new projects that challenge me as a writer.