Melissa spent her childhood years writing adventure stories in her bedroom, pretending her backyard was the set of the film Romancing the Stoneshe was Joan Wilder, of courseand planning on one day becoming a professional explorer. She started what would become a collection of dozens of journals when she was nine years old, filling them with articles and personal stories.  She now writes for Fortune 500 companies, Silicon Valley startups and print and online publications, including Lonely Planet, Matador Network, MasterCard, Princess Cruises, USA Today’s 10Best, SF Gate and others. She married a Jack T. Colton type and they sail together in the Caribbean and beyond.