Melissa Senate

The long bio

I'm the author of 16 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 miniseries Hurley's Homestyle Kitchen was launched in Harlequin's Special Edition line under the pen name Meg Maxwell. That's two pen names--one secret and one not. A highlight of this 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 many 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 17 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 2018, book 1 of my new miniseries for Harlequin Special Edition, which will be pubbed under my real name. Yes, I'm back to my romance roots and loving every minute of it.

My Harlequin Special Edition romances under the name Meg Maxwell are: A COWBOY IN THE KITCHEN, THE DETECTIVE'S 8 LB, 10 OZ SURPRISE, THE COWBOY'S BIG FAMILY TREE, THE COOK'S SECRET INGREDIENT, CHARM SCHOOL FOR COWBOYS (5/17), MOMMY AND THE MAVERICK 8/17), and a November '17 Christmas-themed book that isn't titled yet. Except for MOMMY AND THE MAVERICk, which is part of the line's latest and long-running Montana Mavericks series, all are part of the Hurley's Homestyle Kitchen series. In 2018, a new miniseries will be published under my own name, starting with THE BABY SWITCH, about a single mother and a wealthy CEO who discover their babies were switched at birth six months ago...

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.)