Melissa Gay is a Nashville-based illustrator of books and games, whose greatest inspirations are science and folklore. Her lifelong art quest is to create a satisfying visual balance between precise detail and hazy obscurity. Her award-winning Imaginative Realist works have been featured in ImagineFX Magazine, io9, tor.com, and several of the Infected By Art anthologies. Her passion projects include acrylic space paintings, and the Birdwhisperer Project, which she co-founded with Amanda Makepeace. Besides making art, she is never happier than when hiking, climbing on rocks, or staring into the night sky. She can whistle a passable screech owl call.