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Short-ish Bio (62 words)

Melissa Coffey is the author of FRIDGE-OPOLIS, her debut picture book which won the 2022 Writers’ League of Texas Discovery Award. She spent 20+ years writing professionally for grown-ups before discovering her passion writing for kids. She loves creating stories that garner giggles, expand horizons and inspire action and emotion. Melissa lives with her family in Austin, Texas. Visit her at  


Long-ish bio (109 words)

Melissa Coffey is the award-winning author of FRIDGE-OPOLIS, her debut picture book published by Little Bee Books and illustrated by Josh Cleland. She grew up in Wisconsin toting around an overstuffed book bag and a dog-eared spiral notebook of poetry and stories. Unsurprisingly, her first job was at the public library. After earning a journalism degree from UW-Madison, she moved to Atlanta and called CNN Center home. Melissa was a freelance writer for Fortune 500 companies, CEOs and magazines before pursuing her passion as a children’s author. She now lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and two sons—who thankfully inherited her book-loving genes. Visit her at



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