Profile: Claudette Melanson

Claudette Melanson writes dark fantasy, horror and children’s books in Kitchener, Ontario with seven bun babies at her side: Lafitte, Pepper, Butters, Beckett, Sansa, Daenerys & Caramel. She graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a BA in English, BS in English Education and an MA in Literature. Harboring a deep admiration of vampires since the age of five left her with the desire to eventually become one, and now fuels the creation of her favorite paranormal characters. She hopes to one day work full time as an author, since there are many, many stories playing out inside her head.

In her very scant spare time, she enjoys watching Japanese Anime and reading vampire stories . . . along with other genres of great fiction, as well as riding every roller coaster she encounters in both her hometown and away at signings. An advocate for good health and ketogenic eating, her favorite foods are bulletproof coffee, cashew-flour crust pizza and treats made with xylitol and almond, coconut or cashew flours.

Future dreams include a cabin boasting a roaring fire, isolated inside a snow-filled wood in the Yukon—the perfect writing spot—and the completion of dozens of future novels and stories. A Rabbit Rescue fanatic and loving bunmom, she also hopes to help rescues all over the world save many innocent lives.

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Awards

  • Rising Tide: Dark Innocence: Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal in YA Mystery Category, New Apple Solo Medalist for YA in the Summer eBook Awards, Winner of the Ontario Author Project Best Book in the YA category, Top Shelf Book Awards Finalist
  • Undertow: Death’s Twilight: New Apple Solo Medalist for YA Horror Category in the Summer eBook Awards, Readers Favorite Honorable Mention for YA General Category
  • Butters Comes Home: Readers Favorite Finalist in the Children General Category
  • The 12 Terrors of Christmas: Top Shelf Finalist in the Horror Category, New Apple Official Selection Short Story Collection – Summer eBook Awards, Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist in the Anthology Category, IAN Book Awards Finalist in Horror Category, Read Freely Top Ten Book for 50 Best Books of 2017, Book Excellence Finalist Anthology Category

Most Recently Published Work (as of August 2020)

Nearly two years have passed since the events which took place in the first set of books, The Maura DeLuca Trilogy…

Maura has finally made peace with her transformation into a creature she never imagined could be real…much less one she might become. With her newfound existence comes the benefit of family, friends and allies who fill her life and heart with a love like she has never experienced during all the years she has lived with her melancholy, but loving, mother. But along with the most welcome comradery, all manner of new challenges arise—many of them deadly.

One of Maura’s new enemies, her auntie, Aldiva, cannot accept the young changeling as a member of her family. Aldiva’s treachery and murderous intent result not only in her own capture but that of her mate, Gregor—Maura’s beloved uncle and caregiver. Grown weary of waiting for her kin to concoct a plan of rescue, Maura plots a return to the Pacific Rainforest, accompanied solely by her blood-bonded mate, to face his elven kin and negotiate the vampire couple’s release.

But…as so often before in her past, events do not always play out the way Maura intends. She will soon discover that Ron’s elven kin pose an even greater threat than she dreamed possible. Presented with impossible choices, again and again, Maura will find herself placed at the most perilous collection of crossroads to ever mark her path. One careless misstep could draw her away, forever, from all she holds dear…or even snuff out her life, entirely.

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