Melody Heck Gatto was born, raised, and still resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – City of champions and home of the Three Rivers. She loves hockey, tattoos, flip flops, cupcakes, and pizza. Melody is mom to a son, and three fur babies – two cats and a dog.
Melody likes to write happily ever afters, fan-girl style. Fan-girls dream of meeting their fave player, falling head over heels in love, and riding off into the sunset together. (Right?) Doesn’t mean that fan-girls don’t also love the on ice action, they just appreciate a pretty face.
Melody loves making the game part of her overall story. She loves the whole experience of being at a NHL game, the noise, the food, the sound of the skates on the ice. She hopes even if you’ve never set foot in a hockey rink, you will feel as if you had while reading her books.
Her Renegades hockey series is based in Pittsburgh, but was inspired by various players as well as non hockey guys. Her Renegades players aren’t all rough and gruff, because not all hockey players are goons. She’s been lucky enough to meet a few real-life hockey players and they are awesome, down-to-Earth guys. So, she likes to show a gentle and caring side along with the rough and tough – Alphas that know how to sweep a girl off of her feet!