One Expatriate Chicagoan

A Blue Girl in a Red State. . .

28 July 1966
Plano, Texas, United States
Mutterings of a Tired Mind
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Virgil I. Grissom Grammar School - Chicago IL (1974 - 1979)
George Washington High School - Chicago IL (1979 - 1983)
Interests: (9)
carpentry, dave matthews band, dollhouses, fencing, knitting, movies, quilting, traveling, writing
Heya, I'm Melanie. Nice to meet you.

The short version of the bio -- I write, read, knit, quilt, crochet, bellydance, fence, build dollhouses, wrangle cats, herd engineers and play a little guitar, not necessarily in that order.

The long version -- I'm an expatriate Chicagoan (with a brief 7-year hiatus in Northwest Indiana, and a longer 8-year hiatus in England, Canada, Holland and Sweden). I currently live in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex with my husband the Bodacious Brit(TM) and our two fabulous furbags JJ and Jordan. JJ is a cat who thinks he's a dog, and Jordan is a cat who thinks he's Anna Nicole Smith. Only we could have pets like these.

At night, I turn into SF Writer Girl, and I have the SFWA membership card to prove it. If anyone's interested, my bibliography is available on my website. As for the current slate of writing stuff, my novella SABRE DANCE is coming out as half of Double Dog #4 from Yard Dog Press in September (heads-up -- Laura J. Underwood, the author of the other novella in the book, and I will be at Dragon*Con this year to promote its release), I'm finishing up my YA fantasy novel UNDERCOVER GODMOTHER, I'm editing my time travel/police procedural novel WHITE KNIGHT, QUEEN ALICE, and I've got a stack of shorts and treatments on the back burner.

During the day, I work as a technical writer and web designer. Yes, I'm just a multi-talented kind of girl. In fact, if you want to tally up all the things I can do, I can write, paint, sing, dance, act, fence, play a number of instruments, build dollhouses, knit, crochet, quilt, do needlepoint, cross stitch and crewelwork, moderate panels, fix cars, do simple plumbing and electrical work, do somewhat more complex carpentry, make a damn good deep dish pizza from scratch, and marry people. When my husband calls me his Renaissance Babe, he's not kidding.