"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 lives in Seattle with her family and writes adult and young adult science fiction and fantasy. She holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from Linfield College, and a Master of Divinity degree from Andover Newton Theological School. Melinda also serves as a pastor, is the co-founder of Hopepunk Theology, and blogs weekly at Rev-o-lution.