about melissa

"A master storyteller. Melissa Castleman makes it look so easy and effortless. 

I’m instantly immersed in the world of her characters and filled with the suspense 

of what is going to befall them on their journeys. I’m along for a vivid ride and can’t wait to turn the page to see what happens next.”

- Devi S. Laskar, author, The Atlas of Reds and Blues, winner of the Asian/Pacific American Award in Literature 

& The Crook’s Corner Book Prize

“Her writing is fresh and lovely.”

                      - Susan Elderkin, author, The Novel Cure

& The Story Cure

Melissa Castleman has written novels, magazine and newspaper features, and restaurant and theater reviews. She recently finished a middle-grade novel set in Victorian England.


She has an MFA in fiction from Columbia University and worked in a Michelin-starred restaurant in France while going to professional cooking school. Studying literature at Harvard was easier than deboning a rabbit while being timed and judged.


When she’s not writing, you can find Melissa cooking spaghetti bolognese or hiking with her dog. She lives with her professor husband and son in a creaky house in Connecticut that was once an 1800’s silkworm farm.