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Melissa McCann was born in Pullman Washington, a WSU native. In 1984, she returned to the land of her birth to study English Lit. and Writing, and went to Eastern Washington U. for Graduate School and a Masters degree in Creative Writing. Little did she know there are actually very few companies hiring professional novelists. You would think somebody might have thought to mention that sooner.
Until the age of thirteen, she was unaware that books were actually written by people. The stories must have happened somewhere (possibly an alternate universe) and were pulled out of the ether by a machine out of a Dr. Seuss book which converted them to print and spit them out a kind of a funnel thingy.
One day at the bookstore, she ran loving fingers over Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey and happened to glance at the book beside it, Dragonquest. They both had a name written across the top: Anne McCaffrey. Were both books... *written*...by someone named Anne McCaffrey?
You might detect a certain naivete. But it did solve the problem of never having enough books to read. When she ran out of stuff to read, she wrote stuff to read instead.
She currently lives on Vashon Island with her husband, a flock of barnyard fowl, and six pug/chihuahua dogs collectively known as "The Chihuahua Menace."
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