Writer, Melissa Brandt, grew up in rural Minnesota and worked for several years before completing her M.A. in Literature and M.F.A. in Creative Writing. Her feature-length screenplay, Cordelia, was optioned in 2009. In 2012, she was awarded the McKnight Fellowship, received a Minnesota State Arts Board Grant, and was selected as part of the Emerging Narrative Program for Independent Film Week in New York City for her screenplay, Chicken Day, which has been optioned twice. Melissa has two children's chapter books published in the last two years under the Jake Maddox series, and she is currently working on a new episodic screen story and a YA novel.
Currently, Melissa is working on two spec projects: a limited series and a young adult novel.