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About Melissa

Melissa Geissinger is an award-winning author of short stories and novels. Her debut novel, Nothing Left But Dust, was released in April 2023 with critical acclaim.

A neurodivergent optimist, Melissa is predisposed to following her dreams and every shiny side quest along the way. She has a diverse background in a hodgepodge of fields, from astrophysics and art to website development and finance. Today, Melissa balances creative writing with user experience (UX) writing for online digital applications.

Her current primary focus is to tell her own story of survival and inspire others to take action and rebuild their lives on their own terms.

Melissa was the winner in the nonfiction category of the 2022 San Francisco Writers Conference Writing Contest for her short story Three Seconds; and a finalist in 2023 for Compliance Setting.

She lives in Sonoma County, California, with her partner, Scott, her six-year-old heart warrior son, and a menagerie of fur kids. She enjoys the outdoors, soaking up knowledge, and connecting with other passionate creators.

Melissa is also the Director of Technology at the San Francisco Writers Conference.

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