Melissa Rose Rogers has been writing stories for as long as she can remember.

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. 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.

As she grew older her stories evolved and were heavily influenced by Tolkien and L’Engle. Her favorite authors now include Patricia C. Wrede, N. K. Jemisin, Robin McKinley, H.P. Lovecraft (minus the racism), Melissa Wright, and Ann Radcliffe.

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.