Melanie Pyke Hertzog grew up in Oswego, N.Y. and summered as a child in the 1000 Islands with her family. She earned undergraduate degrees in Art/Social Work and Forest Technology, and completed her Master's Degree in Social Work in 1985. Melanie has worked for over 30 years with children, adults and families in the Binghamton area mental health clinics. In her free time, she writes, paints and has won awards for her photography. In addition to college studies in writing, Melanie has worked on writing technique through workshops, self-study and writer's groups. She will soon retire to the 1000 Islands to pursue her writing and art full time.