After the Santa Barbara Tea Fire destroyed her house in 2008, Melissa recovered her son’s two fully intact piggy banks amidst the ruins, and a friend encouraged her to self-publish a children's book she was working on at the time of the fire. That experience and her background as a writer, coupled with her propensity for finding coins during trail runs, encouraged her to found the publishing house Lucky Penny Publications (LPP) in 2010.

LPP houses two imprints—Lucky Penny Press which feature picture and middle grade books for children, and Silver Dollar Press which focuses on nonfiction, memoir, and autobiographies. Both publish eBooks, print-on-demand soft and hardcover books, and eBooks with audio and language translations. Most recently, LPP began publishing books about national parks as a way to inspire families to visit the national parks and foster an appreciation for the wonders of nature and environmental conservation in children.

Believing in the healing power of nature and nurturing the creative spirit, Melissa is currently finalizing her memoir Finding Feathers, an inspirational book about a woman’s self-discovery while running adventures in unusual places.

Lucky Penny Publications

Inspiring. Nature-oriented. Educational.