Melaina Faranda cashed in her university prizes for literature to wander the world in a perennial quest for discovery. She has trekked among wild tigers and Himalayan bandits, slept on cardboard and in a Baroness's bed, lived in a treehouse on the side of a Hawaiian volcano and as a 'ghost' in a grand old Hudson River mansion. Far more intrepid still - she is a trained secondary English teacher and has enjoyed braving the asphalt gauntlet for over ten years. Telling stories was easier than reading the riot act, and it was these teaching experiences and love for her students that led Melaina to establish personal development groups for teenagers, and from there to writing. With special interests in mythology, magic, fairy tales in popular culture, body image and the supernatural, Melaina is a popular speaker, and her presentations are as entertaining as they're educational!