Cuban-American author Laura Ojeda Melchor grew up in Montana and can’t get it out of her mind, so she writes middle grade and young adult fiction steeped in the mountains and valleys of her childhood. In 2017, she graduated with a MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts.
She loves to spend time with family, friends, and the outdoors, and she always has more books checked out from the library than she can finish before they’re due. She’s a contributing writer for Book Riot and also leads a Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) critique group in Alaska’s Mat-Su Valley, where she lives among towering spruce and birch trees with her husband, son, and puppy. She is represented by Danielle Chiotti of Upstart Crow Literary.
(Here’s how to pronounce her last names: o-HEY-dah MEL-chore [not core like an apple, but chore like vacuuming].)