Hi! I'm Melissa Crandall and I write fantasy and speculative fiction, and nonfiction essays. 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 am a regular participant in The Exquisite Project at Bill Library in Ledyard, CT, and this year had the extreme pleasure to be involved in CT Humanities "The CT Caper." From 2010-2013, I served as Fiction Judge for the Darien Library Teen Writing Contest.

While my semi-regular blog, "The Wild Ride" focuses mostly on my experiences as caretaker for my mother, who has Alzheimer's, now and then I wander off to explore anything else that captures my attention. I hope you'll join me at www.melissacrandall.wordpress.com

In addition to writing, I dabble in nature photography. (That's one of my pictures above.)

I am available for interviews, books signings, readings, conventions, and workshops. I particularly enjoy working with children and young adults who are passionate about writing.