We’re a mother-daughter team with a vision. We love cryptids, we love creation, and we love telling stories. We believe every creature has been created with a purpose, even the ones in our minds. Tammy is the writer (writing as T. S. Mart), also known as Mom. Mel (also known as Melcabre) is the lameness detector, folklore expert, and illustrator. Together, we’ve plotted and written three novels we call the Belied Outcast Legends. Now, that we’ve written them, we’re looking to publish. And write more.
Along with these Romance Sci fi/Fantasy stories, we’re building a legendary world–on this website–intent on sharing our love for creatures and creation. Mel is currently working on a 48 page graphic novella. It’s set in 18th century France and features a cursed, misunderstood cryptid.
Tammy just finished a novella about sixteen-year-old Lola who, five years ago, gave up trying to fit in after her best-friend, Chase, told the world she talked to an imaginary friend. She tried to explain the fairy was real, but no one believed her. Now, Chase wants to be her friend again. Yeah, right. She’s not that naive. But it’s obvious something happened to bring about a change, and she’s curious…
Book four is on hold while Tammy and Mel work on a contracted book for Indiana University Press. A resource for fans–skeptic and believer–this book will be a one stop shop book about Bigfoot, complete with tons of Mel Ayers art work. We’re very excited about this project!
On a more personal note Mel is a graduate of Suzhou Singapore International School. She spent her last two years of high school living in China. She does not speak Mandarin, but she loves dumplings, milk tea, midnight ebike rides through the city, and the French boy she graduated high school with. She also loves to garden, play with her cat, and collect skulls. You can view her artwork on Instagram @Melcabre2.
Tammy is a Licensed Social Worker and previous mental health counselor. She’s published in both short fiction and non-fiction. You can read some of her previously published stuff here. She enjoys reading, gardening, traveling, and visiting with family–especially her three grown kids.
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