Mel was born in Worcester, where she spent a wonderful childhood spuddling on the banks of the River Severn with her Mum, Dad and her dog Sam. When she wasn’t playing “Pooh Sticks” or teaching Sam new tricks, she could be found climbing trees, riding her bike or camping outside in her parents’ ancient canvas tent and making up adventure games with her friends.
During late primary school she moved a bit more Northerly – and hit her turbulent teens. Mel always found solace in her writing.
After working in a few office jobs she realised she wanted to pursue a more academic career – and studied A Level English at her local college, then a BA Honours degree in English Language and Literature with the Open University. For a girl who did not attend school after the age of thirteen, Mel certainly gained “the bug” for studying! She has gone on to achieve a Postgraduate Certificate in Children’s Literature and is now studying for her Masters in Creative Writing, which she is enjoying tremendously.
Mel enjoys helping children and worked in both the primary and secondary school educational sector whilst studying her degree, however, losing her Dad very suddenly in 2015 shook her world, making her re-evaluate everything and she has now taken the plunge into writing full time.