Melissa Rose Rogers has been writing stories for as longer than she can remember. Her first story was scribbled in pencil in a tiny notebook. It cracks her up now.

In the first grade she wrote and illustrated, Melissa’s Adventure with Three Bear Cubs and entered it into the Hillsborough County Strawberry Festival. It was a fantastical justification for a new pet drawing inspiration from Laura Ingalls Wilder, Dr. Seuss, and Goldilocks. It’s characterization was a little derived, but much better than the first. She won a blue ribbon.

Her writing couldn’t be stopped after that – from scribbling short stories to writing in the school group newspaper as a teen. She even wrote web copy focusing on travel for most of a decade with a previous job.

Melissa draws inspiration from nature and is surrounded by a temperate rainforest with diverse species – the Great Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina where she, her husband, daughter, and furbabies live. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her playing board games or experimenting in the kitchen.

She’s seeking an agent for an epic fantasy series while drafting a contemporary fantasy and seeking publication for short fiction.

Here are a few otherworldly dreams she’d like to share with you.

Disclaimer: Thoughts and opinions are her own.  Pictures featured are generally memes (typically sourced from GIFY), Pixhere, or her own pictures.