I was born in the North (Pittsburgh, PA) and grew up in the South (Richmond, VA), attending the University of Virginia where I met my husband of thirty years, Bill Jeschke. Together we have nine beautiful children (three daughters and six sons) and have pioneered a non-denominational Christian church called The King's Chapel in Fairfax, Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C.
I have loved reading, creating stories, and writing since I was a young girl, and was told that my name "Melanie" was a form of the Greek word for "ink"--- a name I hoped would be prophetic. Although I majored in English and taught high school before having our family, I put writing on the back burner of our busy lives for many years. When my youngest son was old enough for our home-school kindergarten, I had the miraculous adventure of attending a conference on C.S. Lewis at both Oxford and Cambridge Universities which inspired me to begin writing travel articles and eventually my series of historical/romance novels, The Oxford Chronicles.
Since then I have returned to the UK numerous times for conferences, research, and even as a tour guide and leader. I was thrilled when budget travel guru Rick Steves asked me to contribute a chapter on Oxford to his new "England 2006" guide book.