Melissa Brinks is a freelance writer, editor, and podcaster. Melissa graduated in 2014 from the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in English with a creative writing emphasis, having spent several years editing and writing for newspapers and a literary journal. Since graduation, she has pursued writing as a career and has published many articles for a variety of entertainment sites, including Game Rant and Women Write About Comics. More information about her work history can be found on her Portfolio page.
Finding the lack of analysis in her post-education life unfulfilling, she co-created Fake Geek Girls, a podcast discussing pop culture from a fan and critical perspective.
Raised on a rich diet of fantasy novels and pop music, Melissa Brinks developed an early taste for the intersection of magic and modern society. Finding the lack and/or mistreatment of female characters in her favorite novels distasteful, she took to writing her own, kicking off a lifelong love of writing women slaying dragons, overcoming obstacles, and losing their cups of tea to misplaced curses.
Melissa’s short story, “Damn It,” was published in Vibrations, Everett Community College’s arts and literature magazine, and can be found here. Her poem, “Cecaelia,” can be found here in issue ten of AU, the University of Washington’s speculative fiction magazine.