Melissa Grzanka was born and raised in Michigan, where she still currently resides with her husband. Writing has always been one of her passions, having dabbled in the art as far back as she can remember. Her work tends to incorporate her other passions, the most notable being her love of the martial arts. Melissa has been training for more than two decades, having achieved her fourth degree black belt in the Korean style of Tang Soo Do, as well as her brown sash in Praying Mantis Kung fu. As a dedicated martial artist and three time world champion through the World Karate and Kickboxing Union (formerly part of the WKA), Melissa believes it is important to present strong, relatable heroines within her story. Aside from writing and training, Melissa developed a love for travel during her time competing with the USA World Team. Since retiring from competition, she now enjoys embarking on adventures with her husband to see the world and expand her imagination. An avid fan of fantasy works ranging from classic tabletop games to surreal adventure movies, Melissa is inspired by the imagination of her fellow writers and enjoys creating a world into which the readers can disappear and let their imaginations run wild.