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INTRODUCING

Nothing Left But Dust

The debut historical fiction novel
Available online & in select bookstores

April 18, 2023

INTRODUCING

nothing-left-but-dust-title4

The debut historical fiction novel
Available online & in select bookstores

April 18, 2023

About Melissa Geissinger

Career (excluding side quests)

I didn't find writing—writing found me. The point at which my life first inspired fiction happened in 2009 when I was living in a gorgeous old Victorian home in San Francisco and fell in love with the architecture and the house's history, not to mention the city itself. My love of storytelling grew from there, and after spending many years as a self-employed web designer, I transitioned into writing full-time. First came novels, and then came my career in UX writing and content design.

Personal life (the mega-short version)

I grew up in San Jose, California, and moved to Sonoma County for college, where I studied my first love, astrophysics. In 2017, I lost my home in the Tubbs fire when I was seven months pregnant. My son was born two months later with a severe heart defect and required five major surgeries—including three open-heart—before his fourth birthday. In 2021 I was diagnosed with ADHD at 37, which completely altered my perspective about myself and how my brain works. My crazy wonderful, and sometimes epically tragic life has inspired many aspects of my fiction.

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With perspective comes opportunity by design.

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Let's chat

I love making new best friends. Do we have something in common? Here are some things I could probably go on forever about:

  • Wildfires
  • Hiking and camping
  • Dungeons & Dragons
  • San Francisco history
  • Antique store shopping
  • Accumulating hobbies and projects then abandoning them but living in denial that you've abandoned them because every time they look at you, they judge you, and now you feel like a horrible person for giving up
  • Optimism!
  • ADHD, neurodivergence, and mental health
  • Relationship stories (the good, the bad, the downright insane)
  • Doggos & Cattos
  • Kiddos
  • Writing
  • Passion projects
  • Mentoring & community building
  • Why did I walk into this room again? Where am I?
  • Star Wars, Star Trek, Firefly, Battlestar Galactica, Supernatural...
  • I'd better stop there, or this list is going to get ridiculous