Melinda J. Combs is a non-fiction and fiction writer living in Huntington Beach, California. Her essays have appeared in Cat Women: Female Writers on their Feline Friends; Women’s Best Friend: Women Writers on the Dogs in Their Lives; and Far From Home: Father-Daughter Travel Anthology — all published by Seal Press. Recently, Barely South Review published her creative nonfiction piece about an interaction with a white witch. Her fiction has been picked up by Fearsome Fascinations 2009 Anthology, A Cappella Zoo, Salome Magazine, .ISM Quarterly, Cleansheets.com, and other journals. With a grant from the SURDNA foundation, Melinda spent a month writing at Vermont Studio Center in 2011. The business memoir, In Service To the Mouse: My Unexpected Journey to Becoming Disneyland's First President, that she co-authored with Jack Lindquist about his 38 years working for The Disney Company is available now.
In addition, she's currently working on her own memoir about family, guns, and big-game hunting.
Melinda earned her M.A. and M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Chapman University, where she teaches in between writing projects. She also teaches at Orange County High School of the Arts in Santa Ana. There, she listens to her students argue about the merits of magical realism or debate the Oxford comma. Her previous life experiences include waitressing at a chateau in the Champagne region of France and volunteering at an orphanage in Fiji. And when Melinda’s not being entertained by her students or struggling to write the perfect sentence, she practices yoga, attempts surfing, and travels to faraway places.