Mel Darbon spent a large part of her childhood inventing stories to keep her autistic brother happy on car journeys. She won’t mention the time spent with him standing by level crossings waiting for the InterCity 125 to go past, as she wouldn’t want to be labelled a train spotter.  

Life took her in many different directions working as a theatre designer and freelance artist, as well as teaching young adults with learning disabilities and running creative workshops for teenage mums.

Mel now writes young adult novels and is passionate about giving a voice to those who otherwise might not be heard. Her first YA novel, Rosie Loves Jack launched in September 2018. Her second novel is due out at the end of 2019.

She moved to Bath in 2014 with her husband and their dog, Alfie.