Melanie Neale grew up living aboard a 47’ sailboat, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing from Eckerd College and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Florida International University. She lived aboard her own 28’ sailboat while in graduate school. She currently works as the Director of Career Services for a private art college in Florida, where she lives with her family. Melanie has published fiction, poetry and nonfiction in literary journals and magazines, and is recipient of several awards. Her “Short Story” column appeared bimonthly in Cruising World Magazine from 2006 to 2009. Boat Girl: A Memoir of Youth, Love, and Fiberglass was published in 2012 and the Middle Grades version, Boat Kid: How I Survived Swimming with Sharks, Being Homeschooled, and Growing up on a Sailboat (2013 Mom’s Choice Award winner), was published in 2013, both by Beating Windward Press.