Melissa Fagan is an author, freelance writer and editor, currently based in Coolangatta, in Yugambeh–Bundjalung country, on the border of Queensland and New South Wales.
Melissa’s memoir, What Will Be Worn: A McWhirters Story, published by Transit Lounge in 2018, is a true story about mothers and daughters and the department store that binds them. Her fiction and nonfiction have been published in Overland, Kill Your Darlings, Meanjin, QWeekend, and others, and she also teaches and lectures in creative writing courses at a number of universities.
Melissa has also worked as a professional writer and editor, specialising in content and copywriting for clients in the travel, medical and not-for-profit sectors. At various times throughout her life (but mostly pre-21st century) she has worked as a receptionist, data entry clerk, call centre operator, market research telephonist and editorial assistant. She has also taught swimming and horse-riding and led tours through South East Asia. In 2018 she started a practice-led PhD in travel writing with Curtin University and the University of Aberdeen.