Melissa Grzanka is a fantasy author whose most recent work includes a series of books known as The Myatheira Chronicles. Writing has always been one of her passions, having dabbled in the art as far back as she can remember. Her work tends to incorporate her other passions, the most notable being her love of the martial arts. Melissa has been training for more than two decades, having achieved her fourth degree black belt in the Korean style of Tang Soo Do, as well as her brown sash in Praying Mantis Kung fu. As a dedicated martial artist and three-time world champion through the World Karate and Kickboxing Union (formerly part of the WKA), Melissa believes it is important to present strong, relatable heroines within her story. She is an avid fan of fantasy works ranging from classic tabletop games to surreal adventure movies and is inspired by the imagination of her fellow writers. Her favorite pastime is creating worlds through her work into which readers can disappear and let their imaginations run wild.