Melanie Bishop has been publishing short stories in literary magazines since 1991. Her debut YA novel, My So-Called Ruined Life (Book One of the Tate McCoy Series) was released in 2014 by Torrey House Press, and was a finalist for both the Firecracker Awards and the John Gardner Award in Fiction. Book Two, The Savior of Me, is due out in 2017. She's also marketing a short story cycle, Home for Wayward Girls. A creative writing professor for twenty-two years at Prescott College in Arizona, Melanie now offers instruction, editing and coaching through Lexi Services, and hosts writing retreats in Carmel, California.