The first thing Melanie Fishbane wants you to know is “I’m pretty much a teenager in the body of an adult….much of what I write, read, and even watch is from the point of view of a teen.” A freelance writer and social media consultant, who teaches English at Humber College in Toronto, Melanie has just published her first book, Maud, a YA novel based on the teen years of Lucy Maud Montgomery, author of Anne of Green Gables.

Melanie has been obsessed with her real-life main character since she first read the Anne books in grade six, and with two recent productions of Anne of Green Gables – one for CBC and another for PBS – Lucy Maud Montgomery is seeing a resurgence in popularity. According to Quill and Quire, “Maud will serve as a gateway to the world of Montgomery, which, even after more than a century, is in no danger of being exhausted.”

Melanie holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and an MA in History from Concordia University. She contributed to L.M. Montgomery’s Rainbow Valleys: The Ontario Years 1911-1942, and lectures about children’s and YA literature internationally.

Appearing in: 11. Susanna and Maud: Biography Meets Fiction