Hi, I’m Mel.
I’ve been reading and writing for almost 27 years, and I still enjoy words. I love the way they allow us to soar, to dive, to travel through space and time – from anywhere.
As a kid, I wanted to be a doctor (to help my grandma feel better), a teacher (as I liked swishing my red pen through paper, making ticks and crosses) and a writer (because I loved books and wanted to write my own).
As I grew up, I forgot my doctor dreams. Also, people told me more than once that I was “more of an arts person”. I realised that teachers didn’t just grade homework – they had to teach, and I didn’t even know what to SAY to small children. I continued to journal, to write letters, and in high school I made a few websites for fun. I started blogging back in 1999, before I knew it was called blogging, formatting my posts and templates manually with HTML.
After graduating with a BA in Sociology in 2006, I didn’t know what to do next. I decided to complete a certificate in Freelance Journalism, thinking that would be a good way to get a job as a journalist – to get paid to write.
Aside from a three-month stint as a writer for a creative agency in Singapore, I haven’t worked as a journalist. I don’t regret that, as I have taken on some interesting roles in a range of industries, including non-profit, public health, legal, and banking and finance. I have also worked as a ghostwriter and writer, and had bits of prose and poetry published by others. On the personal front, I have written and managed a food blog. My first eBook is available here on Amazon.
Currently, I am working on a new book about savouring the first gifts and trials of marriage and motherhood, after becoming a mother in December 2018 to our daughter Vera.
I live in Auckland, New Zealand with my family. You can contact me via the links below.