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I am a novelist writing young-adult (YA) science fiction, actively writing and seeking representation for my completed works. My most recent heroine, Meia Turego, fights with a team of colonists on a distant planet to protect her people from a new threat, one that neutralizes many of their technological advantages… including Meia’s own “advantage” of assisted vision (Fighting Blind, completed on 12/8/16). I am also the author of Fugitive Star, a completed YA space opera trilogy whose heroine fights with both swords and starfighters.

For five years from 2010 to 2015, I sweated through a Ph. D. in asteroid orbital dynamics in Tucson at the University of Arizona. If this sort of thing thrills you, feel free to visit my planetary science website here. If you have a lot of time and a sincere affection for inner main belt asteroids, you can even download a PDF of my dissertation, “Asteroid Dynamics in the Inner Main Belt.”

Or instead, if you prefer dissertations condensed into one page and written in Dr. Seuss’s anapestic tetrameter, read my Dissertation Summary Poem here.

If you like the poem, check out the rest of my blog posts for The Post Calvin, a community of thirty Calvin College alumni bloggers under age thirty. They’re great, if you like discussions on science and faith (especially the Ken Ham vs. Bill Nye “debate“), a bloody break-in, a plea for pseudoscience to eat cilantro, and futuristic flash fiction. If you don’t… well… there’s always the photos of my cute babies.

Speaking of cute babies, I’ve been blessed in the past few years with two wonderful children who should really be getting out of the house and making their own way in the world, so I’m currently seeking representation. Oh, and my two boys are cute too. Here’s the proof:


Connect with me on Twitter! @melissa_haegert


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