Melissa Wiley

is creating children's books and tidal learning adventures

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I'm setting out on a new creative adventure and I'm so excited to share sneak peeks of my works-in-progress! Join me in my studio for a look at what's happening in my sketchbook, notebook, Scrivener file, and embroidery hoop. Let's explore a creative practice together!

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About Melissa Wiley

I'm the author of more than a dozen books for kids, including The Nerviest Girl in the WorldThe Prairie ThiefFox and Crow Are Not Friends, the Inch and Roly series, and the Martha and Charlotte books. I also teach writing and literature courses, both locally and at Since January 2005, I've been blogging at Here in the Bonny Glen, a chronicle of my family's reading life, our Tidal Homeschooling experiences, and my many enthusiasms such as bee-and-butterfly gardening, learning to draw, fountain pens, and planners.


Curve ball after curve ball! What a year we've all add. I began my year with a diagnosis of skin cancer just after the holidays—a small patch of basal cell carcinoma on my nose. In February, I underwent Moh's surgery to remove the patch. Insurance covered it, but of course since a new year had ticked over, there was a new deductible to meet, and a hefty copay. What that means is that three years after this Patreon's genesis, it's still helping me pay medical bills! I'm so grateful for the support of all my patrons.

Life threw us for a loop in June 2017. We were in the middle of planning a move from San Diego to Portland, Oregon when I was surprised with a breast cancer diagnosis. The good news is, we caught it very early. We sped up our moving schedule, gave up Comic-Con, and got to Portland within a few weeks of diagnosis so that I could have surgery right away and do the rest of my treatment in one place. I was lucky: the early catch meant I was spared chemotherapy. I had surgery to remove the small tumor, and four weeks of radiation. I'm back to feeling like myself now and my recent scans looked good. Whew. 

Why Patreon?

I began this Patreon in August of 2017, the same week I started radiation treatments. Friends and readers had been encouraging me to launch one for quite some time. My blog archives are crammed with over twelve years' worth of book recommendations, educational resources, and discussions. Patreon provides an opportunity for me to put more time into my creative work and less into time-draining side-gigs like the pile of grantwriting assignments I took on to pay the bills during the long months (years) of work on my research-intensive historical fiction novels.

I'm so grateful for the support of friends and fans in this space. You're helping me pay off my medical bills, and that is huge! I'm grateful to have this corner of the internet where I can share a more intimate behind-the-scenes look at my writing life and our family learning adventures. Thank you so much for your support!

The bee illustrations on this page were created by artist Chris Gugliotti.

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