Described by one of her children as a ‘book writing machine’, Australian author Melissa Pouliot has always loved to write. Her early childhood stories about princesses, fairies and goblins inspired by authors such as Enid Blyton and May Gibbs evolved to teenage soap operas and adventure stories inspired by Trixie Beldon, Sweet Valley High and her own experiences.
While studying a Commerce university degree, she wrote her first unpublished piece for friends and family based on when she worked a governess on a sheep station in outback Queensland.
After an epiphany on a train late one night in Sydney, she changed her university studies from numbers to words. She pursued her love of writing through a journalism career that took her from the dusty outback heat of the outback to the dry arid landscapes of Western Victoria. After leaving the newsroom she continued to write through her media-based public relations and marketing agency mpmedia solutions.
Through her journalism career and her own business, she has written stories on just about every topic. Her stories about people are widely recognised as her true heart and she has published several non-fiction books.
Find Me is Melissa’s second novel. It follows the life of one of her favourite characters from her debut bestseller Write About Me. Both novels are inspired by her own family’s missing persons tragedy and her quest to highlight the lifelong scars families and friends of missing people carry as they struggle to understand the complexities that abound when someone is ‘missing’. Through her fiction writing she has become a strong advocate for missing people around the world.
Melissa lives with her family on the NSW South Coast where she writes every single day.
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- Melissa is also an ambassador for global safety app SafeKnight.
- Watch this You Tube clip to find out more about how SafeKnight can help young people stay safe.