Melissa Senate

The long bio

I'm the author of fourteen novels, including my debut, SEE JANE DATE (Harlequin 2001), which was made into a TV movie that is often on the Hallmark Channel or Lifetime; THE LOVE GODDESS' COOKING SCHOOL (Simon & Schuster 2010), an Indie Next List notable; and two YA novels, THEODORA TWIST (2006) and THE MOSTS (Random House 2010). What, you ask, have I written since? Two were published, in 2012 and 2013, by Simon and Schuster under a secret pseudonym, but I'll spill that secret if you email me to find out. In 2016, my new series Hurley's Homestyle Kitchen will be launched in Harlequin's Special Edition line (3 category romances) with 3 more to come in 2017 under the pen name Meg Maxwell. That's two pen names--one secret and one not! A highlight of this fun, maddening, wonderful, hair-pulling career is that my books have been published in over twenty-five countries, from Russia to China to France. Bucket list dream: to visit every one of those twenty-five-plus countries. First: Italy, where I've been three times and can't get enough of.

I've also ghostwritten eight novels, including one for a major celeb, but really can't say who (confidentiality contract insists) and several for New York Times bestsellers. My essays appear in It's A Wonderful Lie: The Truth About Life in Your Twenties and Everything I Wanted To Know About Being A Girl I Learned From Judy Blume, and I have short stories in American Girls About Town and Flirting With Pride & Prejudice: Fresh Perspectives on the Original Chick Lit Masterpiece.

From the late 80s until the year 2000, I was a fiction editor in New York City. I went from very young editorial assistant with 80s hair to senior editor with heels at Harlequin, where I worked for ten truly great years, then I spent two fun years at 17th Street Productions/Alloy Entertainment as a senior editor of teen fiction, including the Sweet Valley series, where twins Elizabeth and Jessica were in junior high, high school and college simultaneously. For the past fifteen years, I've been a freelance editor (for publishing houses, not individuals), a copywriter (if you wonder who wrote the back cover and flap copy of the book you read last night, it might have been me), ghostwriter, and author, and I love all four hats equally.

I live on the coast of Maine with my great teenager, our beagle and cat, and I'm now hard at work on my next novel, will be published in 2017, book 4 of the Hurley's Homestyle Kitchen series. Yes, I'm back to my romance roots and loving every minute of it. I'm writing sisters, family restaurant, food, dessert, very attractive, very intense, very interesting men (aka heroes), and how love sneaks in and changes everything.

Look for Hurley's Homestyle Kitchen trilogy in March, May, and November 2016. And the same months in 2017 for books 4-7!)

I'm represented by InkWell Management and my long-time (since 2003), beloved agent, Alexis Hurley.

Feel free to email me with any questions or comments at MelissaSenate @

(P.S. If my son looks a bit tired in this photo it's because he just finished an hour of geometry tutoring, then went over to the nap area.)