Melissa grew up in a small town stricken by poverty. A place she refers to as a plague. As she walked down the poisonous streets and observed the falling down houses, drug sales being conducted in wide open daylight and local drunks leaned underneath an oak tree; she saw it as an infectious cycle, which kept repeating.
Melissa sees that place as a curse. For, even though she escaped it, she feels as if she was tainted in the process. She witnessed things she shouldn't have, and was introduced to people that she should have never been involved with; and lives with the memories of it, everyday. Still, through it all she kept her dreams alive. Her words were her only escape. She wrote her pain away, and now she refers to her writing as, "cheap therapy."
Melissa Mercer is a passionate individual, both in her work and her family life as well. She is happily married to her hero and they have a beautiful daughter together. She is an old soul at heart; creating visual art through her words.
Whenever she isn't working, Melissa enjoys spending time with her daughter and involves her family in all of her writing projects. Her daughter is not only on the cover of A Path Of Survival, but on several short story covers she has designed as well. Having the support of her family and being able to share something with them that she is so passionate about; brings her a great deal of joy and a sense of accomplishment as well.
Melissa has written several short stories that have been published in magazine's such as Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and having won the Editor's Choice Award by the International Library of Poetry in both 2006 and 2011 for her outstanding achievement in poetry. Writing is one of the most important aspects in Melissa's life and she also works as a Freelance Writer from home. Her experiences include online advertising, article writing, magazine features, book inserts and ghostwriting. You name it, she writes about it.
Melissa's belief is the pen has always been mightier than the sword and just like the books we bind together; the words of the world will help bind us all with love and compassion.