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 Mel A or Melcabre) is the lameness detector, folklore expert, and illustrator. Together, we’ve plotted and written three novels and a novella we call the Belied Outcast Legends.
We’re also working on a couple non-fiction books that will be published by Indiana University Press next year.
On the fiction side, as she gets time, Mel chips away at a 48 page graphic serial comic set in 17th century France which features a cursed, misunderstood cryptid.
Tammy dreams about working on book four of the Belied Outcast Legends. The non-fiction deals came in right after the book was plotted, so it’s on hold for the time being.
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 and just married. She also loves to garden, play with her cat, and collect skulls. You can view her artwork here.
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 stuff here. She enjoys reading, gardening, traveling, and visiting with family–especially her three grown kids.
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