Melinda Falgoust is an internationally award-winning author, illustrator and working actor on both stage and screen. Her writing has appeared in Reader’s Digest, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Writers' Journal and with Harlequin Books. Other titles have garnered awards and accolades from the NY Book Festival, the Oshima Picture Book Museum Int'l Picture Book Competition, the Green Book Festival, and the Clive Cussler Adventure Writers Competition among others. She presents frequently on story and craft for many groups and events, including the Sisters in Crime New Orleans Chapter, the Deep Valley Book Festival Cabin Fever Edition, the Japan Writers' Conference, the Killer Nashville International Writers’ Conference, the Fay B. Kaigler Children's Literature Festival, the Orange County Children's Book Festival, and the Picayune Writers' Symposium just to name a few. The veteran actor often reaches into her actor’s bag-of-tricks to introduce quirky characters that bring her books and her presentations alive!