Melanie was born in England but her parents moved to Jersey, the largest of the Channel Islands situated off the coast of France. The Channel Islands have a rich historical heritage and Sir Amyas Paulet – one of Mary Queen of Scots keepers, and Sir Walter Raleigh were both Governors of the Island.
Educated first at the Jersey College for Girls, Melanie then completed a secretarial course at the local secretarial college. In her late 40s Melanie managed to fulfil her ambition to complete a degree by studying part-time for a Bachelor’s degree in the History of Art Architecture & Design at Kingston University and then went on to the University of Kent at Canterbury to study full-time for a taught Master of Arts degree in Medieval & Tudor Studies.
As a result of Melanie’s researches for her Master’s dissertation she came across some images in our National Archives, Kew, London that intrigued her. She was looking for images that might have been drawn or painted by Levina Teerlinc and now believes that she stumbled on a source of evidence for political comment that is not often seen and even more rarely discussed.
The Truth of the Line, tells the story of Nicholas Hilliard and his relationship with Elizabeth, Virgin Queen of England and her various courtiers, and investigates Melanie’s intriguing discovery in a fast paced novel format.