Melinda Salisbury is a UK Young Adult author, originally from the midlands, now living on the south east coast of England.
Her first novel, THE SIN EATER’S DAUGHTER, published by Scholastic in 2015, was the bestselling UK YA Debut novel of 2015, and was nominated for multiple national and international awards. Rights have been sold in 17 countries to date. Her second novel, THE SLEEPING PRINCE was released in February 2016, with the third and final instalment of the series THE SCARECROW QUEEN to be published in March 2017. Television rights to the series have been sold to Little Island Productions.
As a child she genuinely thought Roald Dahl’s Matilda was her biography, Sadly she never manifested telekinetic powers.
She likes to travel, and have adventures. She also likes medieval castles, non-medieval aquariums, Richard III, and all things Scandinavian.
The Sin Eater’s Daughter
17-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she’s engaged to the prince, Twylla isn’t exactly a member of the court. She’s the executioner.
As the Goddess embodied, Twylla instantly kills anyone she touches. Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to Twylla’s fatal touch, avoids her company.
But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose easy smile belies his deadly swordsmanship. And unlike the others, he’s able to look past Twylla’s executioner robes and see the girl, not the Goddess.
However, the queen has a plan to destroy her enemies, a plan that requires a stomach-churning, unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon her duty in favor of a doomed love?
The Sleeping Prince
Ever since her brother Lief disappeared, Errin’s life has gone from bad to worse. Not only must she care for her sick mother, she has to scrape together rent money by selling illegal herbal cures. But none of that compares to the threat of the vengeful Sleeping Prince whom the Queen just awoke from his enchanted sleep. When her village is evacuated as part of the war against the Sleeping Prince, Errin is left desperate and homeless.
The only person she can turn to is the mysterious Silas, a young man who buys deadly poisons from Errin, but won’t reveal why he needs them. Silas promises to help Errin, but when he vanishes, Errin must journey across a kingdom on the brink of war to seek another way to save her mother and herself. But what she finds splits the world as she knows it apart, and with the Sleeping Prince drawing nearer, Errin must make a heartbreaking choice that could affect the whole kingdom.
The Scarecrow Queen
The final battle is coming… As the Sleeping Prince tightens his hold on Lormere and Tregellan, the net closes in on the ragged band of rebels trying desperately to defeat him. Twylla and Errin are separated, isolated, and running out of time. The final battle is coming, and Aurek will stop at nothing to keep the throne forever…
Pitch to Publishers & Festival Organisers
Melinda is an engaging, lively panellist, with a relaxed and open attitude. Confident on stage, whether in front of a crowd of 20 or 200, she enjoys appearing on panels with other authors, relishing the chance to listen to and talk to her peers about their work, and also one-on-one Q&A sessions with just a chairperson. She talks with passion and insightfulness about feminism in fantasy worlds, the use of fairy tales in writing, fantasy world building and development, and her own writing journey – discussing growing up on a housing estate in the midlands and how she ended up writing children’s books.
Awards & Prizes
The Sin Eater’s Daughter was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book of the Year, Older Readers category, The YA Book Prize, The Edgar Awards (USA) YA category, The North East Children’s Book Prize, and the Anthony Awards (USA) YA category. It was also nominated for the Branford Boase Award, and the Carnegie Medal.
Literary Festival Appearances
Melinda has appeared at Oxford Literary Festival, Hay Literary Festival, Edinburgh Book Festival, Greenwich Book Festival, Wigtown Book Festival, Bath’s Children’s Literature Festival, YALC (Young Adult Literary Convention), YA Shot, Young Adult Lit Weekender at the Southbank Centre, Bradford Literary Festival and Scottish Book Week.