Melissa Heckscher is a freelance writer and columnist living in Los Angeles. She is the author of nine books, including “The Pregnancy Test” (Quirk Books, 2011), “BE HAPPY THAT… This Book Isn’t Coated in Poison” (Random House, 2009), and “DIS-MISSALS: Do-It-Yourself Rejection Letters for Any Occasion” (Random House, 2008). She currently works as a freelance writer for Red Tricycle and is also writing a series of children’s books.

She began her career long, long ago as an editorial assistant at the Times Picayune in New Orleans and went on to work as a staff writer for The Monterey County Herald, AOL’s Digital City, New York 1 News, and the Los Angeles Newspaper Group. She has also written for Maxim Magazine Online, LA.com, The New York Sun, and the Associated Press.

She lives in Manhattan Beach with her husband and three kids. She has no pets, but someday… when the dust settles… she wants this dog:

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