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Melissa Grzanka

Author - Official Site 

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Books By Series

Five Book Series

Myatheira Origins

Work in Progress

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Four Book Series

Myatheira Journals

Work in Progress



Cover Art Photography & Design


Keith Heptinstall

The Myatheira Chronicles Cover Models 


Volume One: Michaela Miller

Volume Two: Blake Blamalam

Volume Three: Kari Kitts

Volume Four: Shannon Doheny

Volume Five:  Elodie Vincent


Volume Four Costume Design: Cristen Golias

Volume Five Costume Design: Keith Heptinstall

Omen of Shadows Cover Models

Volume One: Lena Bradford

Volume Two: Courtney Brown

Volume Three: Lena Bradford & Courtney Brown

Volume Four: Lena Bradford & Courtney Brown

All other artistic contributors are credited by their works on the associated websites


Melissa (Collins) Grzanka was born and raised in Michigan, where she still currently resides with her husband.  Writing has always been one of her passions, having dabbled in the art as far back as she can remember.  Her work tends to incorporate her other passions, the most notable being her love of the martial arts.  Melissa has been training for more than two decades, having achieved her fourth degree black belt in the Korean style of Tang Soo Do, as well as her brown sash in Praying Mantis Kung fu.  As a dedicated martial artist and three time world champion through the World Karate and Kickboxing Union (formerly part of the WKA), Melissa believes it is important to present strong, relatable heroines within her story.


Aside from writing and training, Melissa developed a love for travel during her time competing with the USA World Team.  Since retiring from competition, she now enjoys embarking on adventures with her husband to see the world and expand her imagination.

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In 2008 and again in 2016, Melissa underwent open-heart surgery to repair her mitral valve.  As with most things, Melissa admits that she drew from her experience and has incorporated it into characters and events within her novels.  She expresses how doing so allows her to feel closer to the characters, as well as the story, by putting a little piece of her into each of her works.  In December of 2017, Melissa suffered a bacterial blood infection that affected her mitral valve in the form of infective endocarditis, resulting in a need for emergency open-heart surgery.  The surgery was successful, and Melissa has once again been able to return to her writing as of February, 2018.

Melissa is active on social media and can be found on facebook at, or you can follow her on Twitter at always welcomes questions and conversation from readers. 


News & Events

Upcoming Events

May 2022

Author Appearance & Book Signing

Not yet confirmed.

July 2022

Author Appearance & Book Signing

Melissa Grzanka will be at the Once Upon A Book Author Signing in Frankenmuth, Michigan!  The event will be at the Bavarian Inn Lodge, located at 1 Covered Bridge Lane in Frankemnuth.  Print copies of Volumes one thru four of The Myatheira Chronicles will be available for sale at a discounted price, which will include a personalized autograph signing.  Purchase is not necessary for autographs, however.  Melissa will be available for photographs and signings from 10:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m. during General Admission hours.  Come out July 23rd to show your support.  

Past Events

22-25 Aug., 2019

Author Appearance & Book Signing - Wizard World Comic Con/Chicago, Illinois

16-18 Aug., 2019

Author Appearance & Book Signing - Michigan Comic Con/Detroit, Michigan

20 July, 2019

Author Appearance & Book Signing - Once Upon a Book/Frankenmuth, Michigan

17-19 May, 2019

Author Appearance & Book Signing - Motor City Comic Con/Novi, Michigan

17-19 Aug., 2018

Author Appearance & Book Signing - Michigan Comic Con/Detroit, Michigan

7-10 June, 2018

Author Appearance & Book Signing - Curwood Festival/Owosso, Michigan

18-20 May, 2018

Author Appearance & Book Signing - Motor City Comic Con/Novi, Michigan

2-4 June, 2017

Author Appearance & Book Signing - Curwood Festival/Owosso, Michigan

10 July, 2016

Myatheira Chronicles Second Edition Re-release - Complete

1 May, 2016

Myatheira Chronicles Second Edition Re-release - Initiated.  Author name adjusted from Melissa Collins to Melissa Grzanka.  See note Below:

Special Note:

The Myatheira Chroncles series underwent a process to re-release the first four volumes under the author name of Melissa Grzanka.  The series was originally published under the author's maiden name, Melissa Collins; however, due to complications and confusion with works by another author of the same name, it was decided to change the books to reflect the author's married name.  

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