Melissa Monks is a student of English, Anthropology, and history, specializing in folklore and mythology. She has published short fiction in Quantum Fairy Tales, The Literary Hatchet, and The Molotov Cocktail. She is also an organic gardener, raising much her family’s food in her own backyard. As an animal advocate, she has fostered and weaned many kittens and has experience with other domesticated and exotic pets as well. In high school she volunteered at the Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she gained experience with many small mammals, birds, and reptiles.