Melissa was born in Melbourne, Australia and worked as an editor, high school teacher and a Middle Eastern tour guide before becoming an author. Her debut YA novel, Life in Outer Space, was the winner of the 2013 Ampersand Project and IBBY Australia's Ena Noel award. Melissa lives in Melbourne with her cheeky spoodle, Hugo.
"Cinnamon Girl is definitely unique in a lot of ways and didn't feel like generic YA. It was quirky and I had so much fun reading it. It's hilarious." A Word Shaker -- "I went from start to finish with a grin on my face when reading this." YA Midnight Reads -- Praise for Life in Outer Space: "I couldn't help but be reminded of John Green while reading Life in Outer Space with its nerdy boys, dream girl and lots of introspection. It was a thoroughly enjoyable read and I would give it to both teenage girls and boys who are looking for books with real-life drama." Bookseller & Publisher, Summer -- "Much like a John Hughes movie, this is a humorous, heartfelt and angst-y romance with the potential to break the gender barrier." Kirkus Reviews -- "It's a delicious read; humorous, well written, with strong and interesting characters and a fantastic storyline. This is an outstanding and highly entertaining debut novel about love. Melissa Keil has grasped the angst, confusion and doubt of teenagers perfectly and presented it with insight, intelligence and humour." Buzzwords