Melissa attended Purdue University in Indiana where she grew up, and graduated with a BA in Law and Society. She spent the next twelve years working as a corporate paralegal in Chicago, Illinois and here in Austin. She left the legal field to become a full-time mom when her first child was born.
Melissa and her husband, Russ, have two children, Harry and Eloise. In her free time she enjoys trying new foods and restaurants and reading novels of all types.