I’m Melissa Eskue Ousley,
I live on the Oregon coast with my family, a piranha, and our adorable and slightly neurotic Kelpie, Gryphon. Our Kelpie is not a killer water horse, although she does enjoy a swim (so does the piranha). When I’m not writing, I also like to swim, and other times Gryphon joins me on hikes through the vast, Tolkien forests along our coast. We can also be found walking along the beach, poking dead things with a stick. Or fetching sticks. She usually does the fetching, just so we’re clear.
My other interests are painting, kayaking, and scuba diving. My goal is to dive with sharks. I encountered a black tip reef shark while diving off the Great Barrier Reef, but it was much too small to brag about. I can do better.
I’m a fan of ravens, trees, chocolate, sand dollars, the Oxford comma, bacon, sonic screwdrivers, and cephalopods. I’m not fond of shitake mushrooms, clowns, velociraptors, homicidal garden statues, early morning flights, okra, and things that have teeth that shouldn’t. (Such as creepy dolls. And manniquins. Which are life-sized creepy dolls, so there you go. Piranhas, however, should have teeth, and wouldn’t be nearly as cool without them.)
Before I became a writer, I had a number of jobs that contributed to my education and enlightenment. After high school, I spent a summer scraping roadkill off a molten desert highway. I can tell you that fresh is best. Then, many years later, I graduated from the University of Arizona with a Ph.D. in Higher Education. I loved working there, teaching and conducting social science research with an amazing team of educators.
In addition to writing young adult books, I edit for Barking Rain Press and contribute articles to BookDaily.com. Please see my books page for more information about my writing, and be sure to visit my news page to stay up-to-date on upcoming projects and events. Thanks for stopping by!
“…among the best in contemporary Young Adult Fiction.” —Parsons’ Rant
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© Melissa Eskue Ousley 2012