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 collection Darling Wendy and Other Stories, and in Amoskeag: The Journal of Southern New Hampshire University. My nonfiction work has appeared in Strides (the magazine of PATH International) and ASPCA's Animal Watch.

While my semi-regular blog, "The Wild Ride" focuses mostly on my experiences as a full-time caretaker for my mother, who has Alzheimer's, now and then I wander off to explore other paths that include (but are not limited to) books, writing, and reading; my dog; my family; and 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, and have proudly served as the Fiction Judge for the Darien Library Teen Writing Contest for the past four years.