Storytelling has long been a part of my life. As a child I had an overactive imagination. Growing up in Alaska, the woods that were my backyard fed my creativity, as I created worlds and imaginary friends. A nearby mountain became a sleeping dragon, a dead-end road the entrance to a hidden magical grove.

My love for writing began in the third grade with poetry, and in the fourth grade, I won a school-wide poetry contest. I graduated from Linfield College in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in Creative Writing, my focus being on poetry and nonfiction, but my overactive imagination has always taken over. In a sense, I never got over my imaginary friends and they have stayed with me.

So naturally, after many years, I have come back to fiction writing as a first love.

You can make anything by writing.


Melinda Mitchell