Melinda Salisbury writes slow books with unlikeable female characters, and where nothing much happens. She does not write nice stories for nice people.

She is a four-time Carnegie nominated author, whose first novel The Sin Eater's Daughter was the bestselling UKYA debut of 2015. Her other books include the sequels to The Sin Eater's Daughter: The Sleeping Prince, and The Scarecrow Queen; the State of Sorrow duology; Scottish folk-horror novel Hold Back The Tide; Persephone origin story, Her Dark Wings; and in non-fiction, The Way Back Almanac.

Melinda has been shortlisted for numerous awards, including the Waterstones Children's Book Prize, YA Book Prize, and the Branford Boase Award, and Hold Back the Tide was a YALSA 2022 pick. Her books have been published in 15 countries to date. She lives on the East Sussex coast and is an enthusiastic photographer, cook, and reader.

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