About the Author

Melissa Mickelsen was born and raised in Georgia. She currently lives in Germany with her Air Force husband and two cats. Melissa loves hiking in the mountains, eating strawberries, reading, reading, more reading, and really good barbecue. Nightingale is her debut novel.

She began writing in high school and has published a few short stories in online magazines. After graduating from the University of Georgia in 2007 with a degree in Art History, Melissa worked in various jobs, such as a mental health technician at a large hospital and as a serials assistant in a medical library, before pursuing a master’s degree in technical communication and information design from Southern Polytechnic State University.

Although she does not write full time, that is a goal for the future. Nightingale, published by Hadley Rille Books, is hopefully the first of many. The novel tells the story of a young girl, taken from her family and held enslaved by the man that killed them. She is forced to kill, to become an assassin called the Nightingale. Though the girl is young, she has the strength of steel and vows revenge. It might be easier if the vaunted General Astin Talros, the king’s most trusted Weapon, did not haunt her trail.


6 Responses to About the Author

  1. Stacywacybobacybananafanafofacy says:

    It looks like it coming together very well. 🙂 I keep posting your website and reminders. When you find out an exact date of publish let me know, so that we can discuss tshirts, possibly cards, etc. Love you sustah!

  2. Nick Savage says:

    I was at the library ordering a series to read. I was looking in the fantasy section to find a stand alone to read in the mean time. Fate would have me decide to pick up Nightingale. I am so glad i did. One of the best books i ever read. Amazing and congrats for being your debut. I will be waiting and hoping that there will be more to come. I read it in two days, and have already recomended it to everyone i know. I loved the story. Thanks, Nick

  3. Nick savage says:

    I just wanted to ask Melissa if there are plans for any sequels to nightingale, or any new books in the near future? I would love some more story on Nightingale! Thanks for the response, and i just wanted to let you know that i am 30 years old, and have been reading fantasy books for years so not that my comment was anything for you to go off of, but it was an awesome book. Keep them comming like that and without a dout the next superstar author.

    • There are some sequels planned for Nightingale but nothing has been finalized as of yet. I’m working on it, though. Thank you for your feedback! I really appreciate hearing what people think. 🙂

  4. Nick savage says:

    That sounds great. I will be waiting impatiently :), you def have a fan and follower! By the way i went and bought Nightingale after i read it.

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