I was born in Canada to a Chinese mother and Canadian father, but grew up in China. We moved from Shanghai to Hong Kong to Taipei to Beijing over thirteen odd years. I speak fluent Mandarin, but can't cook kung pao chicken to save my life. I live in Australia with my husband and two kids.




I write screenplays and narrative fiction, with a particular love for fantasy and historical fiction. I've written screenplays for James Franco, as well as a web series for Subway Sandwiches, which won a student Emmy. I'm currently writing two feature screenplays, as well as the next two novels in The Book of Theo series.




I've been a film/TV producer for fifteen years. Over that time, I've been lucky enough to produce a few award winning films and documentaries, many China focused. I also have an MFA from the Peter Stark Producing Program at the University of Southern California, which is a fancy way of saying I spent two years learning how to make movies. You can visit my IMDB page here.

Melanie Ansley fantasy fiction author