California girl with a southern accent, Melissa Ford Thornton was born in Redondo Beach, CA and earned her Master’s of Arts from the University of Alabama Huntsville. She is a storyteller, poet, music publicist and lyricist. Her work has been published by Silver Birch Press and regularly appears in Authentik Magazine.

Melissa is a frequent guest on WLRH Public Radio’s Sundial’s Writer’s Corner. She has performed her stories on stage at Arc Stories, Tenx9 Nashville Storytelling and tours as a professional storyteller with award-winning singer/songwriter Ricky j Taylor & The Storios!

Melissa and fellow Storio, Christy James are co-creators and co-hosts of Tree of Trust, a new podcast that focuses on mental wellness and hope. Her collection of prose and poetry: An Elegant Dispute of the Accidental will be published spring 2019.

Additionally, Melissa is a member of National Storytelling Network, Americana Music Association and Out Loud HSV spoken word community.

You can connect with her at or on Facebook: Melissa Ford Thornton – Writer & Storyteller.