About Mel

Always looking up, eyes on the skies, head in the clouds, I’m an #actuallyautistic SFF author-in-progress.

At the age of seven, I submitted my first story to CBC’s “Pencil Box.”  Since then I have become a published poet and an award-winning short story writer.  I am a member of The Writers’ Union of Canada, a professional member and director of the Canadian Authors Association, an associate member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association, a member of SFCanada, the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association and of the Sudbury Writers’ Guild.

In 1999, I received my MA in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Windsor.

I am currently, and concurrently, working as an instructional designer, writing and/or revising several novels, short stories, poetry, and developing my platform.

My next piece of short fiction will be appearing in the spring 2023 issue of Pulp Literature Magazine.

My debut poetry collection will be published by Latitude 46 Publishing in April 2024.

Other places you can get hold of me:

12 thoughts on “About Mel

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  3. Great resource, Mel. I just stumbled across “Two for Windsor” the other day…still in my memories box from those days! (and of course, your recipe for Blueberry Tea Braid is in there too!)


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  5. Dear Melanie, by chance I’ve run into your remarks about LU and was happy to find another fan of
    Susan Dobra. She was a breathe of fresh air during her year with us, but I’ve heard nothing of her
    since she left to take care of her friend who had C/cancer. If you are still in touch with Susan, please let me have her address. We had this in common: she & I are Californians (or, at least I am).

    I’ve been retired for many years, but strange to say, I’m no longer living in Sudbury. My two older kids
    wanted me to live near them, so after 50 yrs in Sudbury, I’ve moved to London, ON. My daughter Clare and son Matthew live in this area, and Matt found me an apartment in London–in a dormitory on
    the campus of this university. My younger son (married & father of young twins) remains in Sudbury. I’m not sure if Laurence Steven is still there. But John Riddell retired to Nova Scotia years ago, and
    Doug Parker, after some time as LU’s vice-president/dean, retired and lives near Ottawa. I miss my
    colleagues from the English Dept. But, that’s life.

    I read some current fiction, and detective fiction on occasion. But right now I’m getting into Washington Irving’s “Knickerbocker’s History of New-York.” Fun, really. Irving loved to satirize the Dutch
    settlers of what became New York City (and state.) But my real love, as a medievalist, is Geoffrey Chaucer.
    I left most of my library behind in Sudbury, so, while browsing in a little bookstore here, I picked up a
    used copy of F. N. Robinson’s _The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, 2nd ed. I loved teaching Chaucer
    more than anything else in the curriculum.

    I wonder who you & I both know from our time in the English Dept. Were you one of the students who
    rode to Kalamazoo, Michigan, with me and a handfull of others last century?

    Best wishes,

    Hoyt Greeson

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