Melanie Serpa is the late-blooming author of Through the Ganesh Gate, about a young woman who leaves her husband while traveling in India and goes on alone to see the world. To research her story settings, Melanie traveled abroad to amazing places and met interesting people that informed her cultural experience. In the 11 months that she traveled, she was able see 26 countries on 5 continents.
She returned home ready to start a new adventure. Melanie embarked on a Masters degree in Interdisciplinary Studies at Marylhurst University. During her studies she fell in love with the process of writing: stacks of books, long hours pouring over lines to get just the right composition. Academic writing ended at graduation, but her love for words did not. She enrolled in a Clark College class, Wildfire Writing, with a treasure trove of travel stories and character dreams in her mind. The dynamic approach of Wildfire Writing was just the thing to spark her novel writing journey. Several years and thousands of cups of coffee later, her novel was completed.
When not writing, Melanie works an Occupational Therapist helping people recover from hand injuries. She lives near Portland, Oregon where she spends many happy hours at her son’s soccer practice and cheers herself hoarse at the Portland Timbers MLS soccer games.