In grade two, Melanie received a silver dollar for winning an essay contest and she has been fascinated with writing ever since. She now lives on the eastern shore of Nova Scotia in a tiny green house with a bright orange door. She has many freelance articles to her credit and her first picture book was published by Fifth House Publishers in May 2014. Her YA novel, Goth Girl, was published in April 2017 by Nimbus Publishing and A Beginner’s Guide to Goodbye, a middle-grade novel, was published in June 2020, again with Nimbus Publishing. A Beginner’s Guide to Goodbye was a finalist in the TD Canadian Children’s Literature award and nominated for the Hackmatack Award. It won the “It Made me Feel” Award presented by Digitally Lit. Her fourth book, a middle-grade novel entitled Bertie’s Words, will be published by Nimbus in 2024.
2024, Bertie Stewart is Perfectly Imperfect, Nimbus Publishing. Middle-grade novel
2020, A Beginner’s Guide to Goodbye, Nimbus Publishing. Middle-grade novel
2017, Goth Girl, Nimbus Publishing. YA
2014, Fire Pie Trout, Fifth House Publishers. Picture Book
many magazine articles in various publications including Saltscapes, East Coast Living, At Home on the North Shore, Our Children, Ask, Appleseeds, Zamoof!AWARDS
“It made me feel” Award for A Beginner’s Guide to Goodbye, presented by Digitally Lit
TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award finalist for A Beginner’s Guide to Goodbye.
Hackmatack shortlist for A Beginner’s Guide to Goodbye.
Canadian Children’s Book Centre recommended reading: Fire Pie Trout, Goth Girl, A Beginner’s Guide to Goodbye