Melissa Shanker

writer of middle grade and young adult fiction

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Thanks for stopping by. Here's a bit about me...

 I live in Michigan where I while away the hours sitting atop a velvet chair.  NOT!  That's not even my chair, but it is my book. And for me, if I've got a book in hand, it doesn't matter where I am.

 My greatest joy in life is to write stories for young readers that give them a place to escape, a place to dream, and a place to belong -- just like so many of my favorite authors did (and still do) for me. You can check out what I'm working on here.

In addition to writing and reading, I’m a secondary teacher, a past board member of the Capital City Writers Association and an active participant in SCBWI-MI. I have three teenagers who distress and delight me in equal measure, more friends than I deserve, and a dog that is often mistaken for a pig. Life is swell. Hope yours is too.