"You can make anything by writing." ~ C.S. Lewis
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. My overactive imagination has always taken over. 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.
MELINDA MITCHELL relocated to Wisconsin from Seattle with her family and writes adult and young adult science fiction and fantasy. She has written numerous nonfiction articles on the intersection of theology and sci-fi and has co-authored two academic papers on the subject, but cannot wait to reveal her debut novel NEXT OF KIN to the world, due out in Fall 2023 from ARUS ENTERTAINMENT (preorder link coming soon!) In the meantime, you can read her short story "Space Force Chaplain," in SPACE FORCE and BEYOND by B Cubed Press. Melinda holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from Linfield College, and a Master of Divinity degree from Andover Newton Theological School. Melinda is the co-founder of Hopepunk Theology and blogs weekly at Rev-o-lution.