Melanie Smith lives in Wales with her family, including a husband, a teenager, an eight-year-old and two miniature dachshunds. She writes dark fiction for children, teens and adults, and is the author of The Twist in the Branch. She is currently writing her second novel, another YA horror set in Wales.

Melanie graduated from Cardiff Metropolitan University with an MA in Creative Writing for which she was awarded a distinction for her dissertation, The Female Lens: Women in Contemporary Horror (Film & TV).  Melanie has written for online horror magazines as well as for ScreenRant, one of the world’s largest entertainment news sources.

She has always loved TV and film and is always on the lookout for the next binge-worthy series. She really misses Game of Thrones. Melanie has recently written her first short film and TV pilot. She loves folklore, myth and legend, because if you live in Wales and love stories, you can’t really escape them. If she’s not reading or writing dark tales, she’s usually watching them.

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