Melissa Eskue Ousley

Associate Editor

Melissa is an award-winning author of fantasy and suspense novels, many of which are set in Oregon. Her dark fantasy, Constellations of Scars, received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews and was a Grand Prize Finalist, First Runner Up in Science Fiction/Fantasy, and a da Vinci Eye Finalist with the 2022 Eric Hoffer Book Awards. Her suspense novel, Pitcher Plant, won a 2018 Independent Publisher Book Award.

She has over nine years of experience as an editor and is a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association. She has worked with various authors and publishers on books in a number of genres including fantasy, suspense, biography, and nonfiction. She has a BA in English from the University of Arizona, an MA in counseling from Chapman University, and a PhD in higher education from the University of Arizona.

Melissa enjoys living on the Oregon coast where she can hike and walk on the beach. She’s been known to nerd out over marine biology and loved volunteering at her local wildlife center, caring for injured owls and hawks.

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