Daniela Mellen is a writer and artist from a small town in New Hampshire.
She began writing as a teenager while planning menus in her father's restaurant and continued to sharpen her skills while pursuing a degree in education at the University of New Hampshire. When she learned that a college History professor entered her fictional essay in a scholarship contest, she began to realize her love of words, text and stories.
Daniela has continued writing fiction and has combined this with her professional cooking experiences by launching an eBook cookbook. Before that, she wrote instructional and procedural manuals for the high temperature industry for over ten years.
In addition to writing, Daniela pursues painting, sketching and digital illustration in her free time. Her favorite mediums vary between watercolor, acrylic, colored pencil and inks. She starts her day with a brief 20 minute "warm up" sketch that helps focus her thoughts to her writings.
Her fictional plot lines are set in New England, with the New Hampshire landscape and Boston influences forming the twists and turns associated with Yankee characters and ingenuity. She hails from a large, demonstrative family and enjoys working in familiar personality traits as a nod to her loved ones.
Each book offers new opportunities to learn from others and she is grateful for those willing to share their time and experiences. Daniela has studied and interviewed people from all walks of life to gain perspective for authentic character traits and motivations. Through the years, Daniela had learned from many including: police, investigators, firearm instructors, shopkeepers, fitness instructors, pole dancers, animal shelter and rescue workers, professional divers, rescue leaders, ship captains, and crews. Each novel is a chance to learn more from the people that live those experiences everyday.
Her love for art comes second to her obsessions with tennis, working out, and running.
You can see more musings at her blog or
contact Daniela at firstname.lastname@example.org