Melissa Brinks is a freelance writer, editor, and podcaster. Raised on a rich diet of fantasy novels and pop music, Melissa developed an early taste for the intersection of magic and modern society. Finding the lack and/or mistreatment of female characters in her favorite novels distasteful, she took to writing her own, kicking off a lifelong love of writing women slaying dragons, overcoming obstacles, and losing their cups of tea to misplaced curses.

Her debut book, THE COMPENDIUM OF MAGICAL BEASTS, is out now from Running Press. Illustrated by Lily Seika Jones, the book contains the field notes and illustrations of the fictional Dr. Veronica Wigberht-Blackwater, an early 20th-century folklorist and biologist whose observations of cryptids earns her the ire of both the cryptozoological and mainstream scientific communities.

Melissa graduated in 2014 from the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in English with a creative writing emphasis, having spent several years editing and writing for newspapers and a literary journal. Since graduation, she has pursued writing as a career and has published many articles for a variety of entertainment sites, including Forbes, Bitch Media, and Sidequest. More information about her work history can be found on her Portfolio page.

You can find her fiction in Vibrations, poetry in issue ten of AU, and her non-fiction in Issue 76 of Bitch Magazine. She edits Sidequest, a gaming critique site, co-hosts a podcast about geeky stuff and intersectional feminism, and tweets about cats and Sailor Moon @MelissaBrinks.

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