Hey there! Although the moniker Miskadoodle is endlessly amusing to me and originated as an affectionate nickname from a very old friend, my real name is Melissa. I am a twenty-something writer living somewhere near Chicago. I have a part time day job in banking, and I am currently a full time college student, slated to graduate with a Bachelor’s in English the winter of 2014. I have previously worked as a part time administrative assistant for Weaving Dreams Publishing. That was my first venture into the world of publishing, and it changed my life and propelled me to turn my passion for books and writing into a career. I hope to go into editing when I complete my degree; in the meantime, my goal is to excel in every class I take and continue writing.
I have successfully crossed off one of my biggest, life long goals: I am a published author as of this year, huzzah! Although it is only two short stories in an anthology, it’s a start to what I hope will be a long and fruitful career in writing. Imprints of the Past is a collection of stories centered around nostalgia and family, and it is available through Weaving Dreams, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble online. The beauty of that project is that all the proceeds go to a nonprofit organization in my area dedicated to the victims of domestic abuse.
I write about anything that amuses or mildly frustrates me in the literary world and beyond, and it’s all mainly in lighthearted, good fun. I love book conversation, I am a total introvert and prefer naps and solitary reading time to a night out. Long weekend trips are one of my favorite activities. The fiction I write gravitates to the paranormal, with a touch of suspense, romance, and horror. I would like to write both young adult and new adult, and I am currently working on a young adult novel centered on a haunting. The authors that influence me are too numerous to name, but the ones whose writing styles have really made a mark on how I put together a story include Frances Hodgson Burnett, Mark Twain, K.A. Applegate, Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, Susan Power, Neil Gaiman, Francesca Lia Block, Maggie Stiefvater, and Catherynne M. Valente. My favorite movies generally have a fantastical element to them. The dearest films to my heart are The Fall, The Fountain, Beasts of the Southern Wild, The Neverending Story, The Labyrinth, Inception, and Pan’s Labyrinth. I adore Lee Pace, Tom Hiddleston, and Jennifer Lawrence, and I am a new fan of Sherlock and Benedict Cumberbatch. If you want to hear me gush for days about one book series, talk to me about Animorphs. I can play a decent game of tennis.