When her first child was six months old she started her own media company, the first of its type in Western Victoria. Through her journalism career and her own business, she has written stories on just about every topic. Her stories about people are widely recognised as her true heart and she has published several non-fiction books.
Melissa’s writing is inspired by the disappearance of her cousin Ursula Barwick in 1987. She is the only Australian author who is a family member of a missing person tackling the complexities of missing through fiction. As a result of her books, detectives have formed Strike Force Hemingway to investigate the circumstances surrounding Ursula’s disappearance.
AUDIO - About the Book Festival, Merimbula
Listen to Melissa talk about her passion for writing, how crime fiction has helped in her quest to remember Ursula as more than a one dimensional face on a missing persons poster and much more in this conversation with Ian Campbell and author Karen Nelson.