Melissa Palmer was nominated for the Pushcart Prize for short fiction “Mrs. MacMillan’s Garden” which was the inspiration for Twin Oaks. She was nominated for the Eric Hoffer Prize for short fiction for her story “Blood”. But of all the honors she was most touched when the McStorytellers named her an honorary Scot for her story “At This Moment”. Her work has been featured by Best New Writing, The Quotable and The Writing Disorder among others. In her spare time she wrangles Newfoundlands, two precocious girls, and one very handsome cat with the help of the strong, silent drink of water with whom she shares her life.
Melissa is also the author of A Life Less Normal, a memoir examining the life of a woman- child growing up in the shadow of mental illness with the support of her proverbial north Jersey crime family.
Melissa Palmer’s deft prose casts a shadow over suburban society and exposes the darker aspects of personality that hide behind the superficial light of façade.