Melissa McKinnon

Melissa McKinnon is the pen name under which both Niki Beck and Robin Blanchard write mainly young adult and middle grade novels. Both Robin and Niki are in their mid-30s, forever stuck in the 1990s and early 2000s, and fancy themselves professional fangirls and shippers. They are also kill your darlings enthusiasts, unapologetic feminists, and never shy away from their fanfiction roots. 

Niki is a single mother of three kids, ranging in age from eye-rolling teenager to chubby-cheeked kindergartener. Each are gloriously neurologically atypical (read: dyslexic, ADHD, and austic) and always keep her on her toes. She’s currently in school to be a special education teacher and can usually be found cuddling with her laptop, writing in some quiet corner of the house. 

Robin, however, is a recovering academic with a master’s degree in English from Western Michigan University. While she has no children of her own, she regularly dotes over Niki’s like the fun and cool aunt she was always destined to be. She is the fluff to Niki’s angst and the Tina Fey to her Amy Poehler. 

They are both voracious readers, workaholics, and are easily susceptible to becoming obsessed with the newest Netflix, Prime, or Hulu original. Together they form one well-rounded novelist and screenwriter capable of anything, depending on their caffeine intake. 

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