I have had every job from an ice cream truck driver to chocolate factory worker to waiting tables in a Las Vegas casino.


I grew up in the Middle East (Abadan, Iran) and Spain (Fuengirola, Costa Del Sol) and finally ended up finishing High School in England (Weymouth, Dorset).  I emigrated to the United States in 1990, and returned to school at the ripe old age of 28, where I obtained a BA and then two MA degrees – all in New York, NY. (Hunter College, NYU and Columbia, respectively)

EDIT: January 2021: Just starting an online MS in Library Science. Super stoked to be back in an academic environment again!


I have traveled extensively, including a 3 month stay in India, but have settled in Las Vegas, NV of all places where I have been living for the last 12 years with my “baby” Persephone "Purr-sey" Mells (Alabama Worley Mells R.I.P 1996-2013). (Yes, I have been called the Crazy Cat Lady). This is further corroborated when, a month ago, June 28th 2016, I acquired 2 new kittens, Agamemnon (Aggie) and Clytemnestra (Cly). 2 holy terrors that I now love to death! UPDATE May 2017: Got a 3rd fur-baby. The runt of the family! Little Iphygenia (Iphy). Holy terror that is now Aggie's bestie :)

Since I have been in Las Vegas, just about everyone calls me Mells, which is short for Mellows, which is my full surname. I have been called Mells for so long now, it just felt right, when I decided to publish, to use that familiar nickname instead of the full surname.


Oh, and although I do share a love of Trance music and reality T.V. with Pierce, the main character from the Pierced Series,  I can’t cook to save my life!

Persephone (R.I.P 2016)

Cly (F) and Aggie (M) 2016
Persephone Mells
Persephone Mells
I put on the bedroom light to find this pile of cuteness. My sweet boy, Ags and his bestie, Iphy. 2020
Yes, 2020 was a rough year for all of us. I shaved my head twice as a result of some serious cabin fever!