Melina Sempill Watts
Melina Sempill Watts is the author of novel "Tree," the story of 229 years in the life of a California live oak from the point of view of ... the tree. Last year, "Tree" won best new fiction at the Beverly Hills Book Award, while her first book event was on a panel at Los Angeles Times Book Festival.
Watts' writing has appeared in "Sierra Magazine," the "New York Times motherlode blog," "Earth Island Journal" and "Sunset Magazine, conservation venues like the "National Association of Conservation Districts blog," in local venues such as "Urban Coast: Journal of the Center for the Study of the Santa Monica Bay," the "Heal the Bay blog," "Malibu Times," "Malibu Surfside News," "Topanga Messenger," "Argonaut News" and elsewhere.
Watts began her career in Hollywood as a development executive, writing consultant and story analyst working for such luminaries Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy and Peter Horton and at Dreamworks. She has worked as a watershed coordinator, run a stable, shelved books at a library and created and ran Starfish Catering. Watts graduated from UCLA with a degree in history She is a media and environmental consultant in California.