Melanie lives on the shores of the beautiful Lyttelton harbour and fits writing in around two energetic kids, a handful of chickens, a growing brood of guinea pigs, and a backpack that's always ready to head to the mountains. Her books, The Witch Catcher and Mud Boy, have both been shortlisted for the Storylines Tom Fitzgibbon Award and she has had short stories and flash fiction published and anthologized internationally.
Originally from Wales, Melanie studied Biology and Environmental Change at university. She worked for the BBC Natural History Unit and BBCi as a researcher and writer before moving to the other side of the world in 2002. Melanie loves nothing more than hiking with her family, some of her favorite trails include the John Muir Trail, the GR20 and the St James Walkway.
Melanie enjoys reading across a wide range of genres including contemporary fiction, creative non-fiction, and children's books, she is inspired by writers such as Kate Atkinson, Margaret Atwood, Eleanor Catton, Marcus Zusak, Susan Cooper, Cornelia Funke, and Roald Dahl. She has a long-standing interest in environmental and wilderness writing and often likes to put her characters in wild places. Melanie also loves music and plays the oboe, violin and ukulele all equally badly. She is attempting to keep up with their children as they work their way through the Suzuki repertoire.
Melanie is a graduate of Hagley Writers' Institute and a tutor at the School for Young Writers, as well as a member of the New Zealand Society of Authors and the Christchurch Story Collective. When Melanie's not writing she's usually planning her next adventure.