MELLANIE is a native of Bayamon, Puerto Rico. She sashays through life carrying sand between her toes and humming salsa songs under her breath. A true believer in the power of composition, she can be found ogling at careful chosen words, really long books, cats (the belly-up kind), anything made of pumpkin, and the kind of photography that tells stories. Life's hard! She constantly battles with the incessant need to stand up and twirl. She also enjoys writing poetry and personal essays on her personal blog: colourmywords.typepad.com.