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Melissa Olson studied film and literature at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. After a brief stint in the Hollywood studio system, Melissa proved too broke for LA and moved to Madison, WI, where she eventually acquired a master’s degree from UW-Milwaukee, a husband, a mortgage, two kids, and three comically oversized dogs, and two chinchillas, not at all in that order. She loves Madison, but still dreams of the food in LA. (Literally. There are dreams.)

As of 2017, Melissa has published seven novels in her Old World series for 47North, and will release a second novella for Tor.com in October. Her journalism and academic work has been published in The International Journal of Comic Art, The La Crosse Tribune, U-Wire, Women on Writing.com, and the compilation Images of the Modern Vampire, and a few other places. She spends most of her non-writing professional time traveling around to conventions and conferences, though she is still somewhat fuzzy on the difference between the two. Melissa speaks about issues related to genre, feminism, writing, and parenting.

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