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- Pittsburgh Author -

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Hi! I’m Melody Heck Gatto.


I am the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Renegades Series.

I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and still reside in the Steel City with my husband, son, dog, and two cats. We are avid hockey fans and cheer on our Pittsburgh Penguins. Our one cat is even named FLEURY!

I am a Hallmark Channel junkie. I can’t get enough of those sappy, cliché movies. Especially Christmas ones! (or wedding, or Valentine’s Day, or autumn ones…so, yeah, ALL of them!)

I love my Starbucks. I love all coffee!

I hate to cook, but try my best in the kitchen when I have to (I'd much rather order a pizza, LOL).

I've seen every one of the Fast and Furious movies multiple times, because I love love love Paul Walker, he is the one person I would’ve loved to have been able to meet.

I am a General Hospital fan #GH #JaSam #CarSon You can find me in front of the tv at 2pm weekdays watching my peeps in Port Charles. I also follow Stone Cold and the Jackal - who knew Steve Burton was so funny?

Gilmore Girls is my newest guilty pleasure. I know I am late to the party, but I recently found it and am the newest mega-fan, lol. Oh, and I'm #TeamLogan all the way! #RoryAndLogan


I can't get enough NCIS, Blue Bloods, and Chicago PD...can we just talk about the hot cops Halstead and Ruzek?? **fans self** and Chicago Fire (hello, Severide, you hottie). I'm a Stella-ride fan.

Melody Heck Gatto photo at book signing

I’ve loved writing since I was small. In school I was the only kid excited about creative writing assignments, lol. I am lucky enough to have a wonderful husband who encourages my writing, so I get to stay home and do what I love!

I support Suicide Awareness and the #OutOfTheDarkness walks, so you might see the purple and teal colors on some of my pages. #YouAreEnough

One of my favorite tattoos says Never Let Anyone Dull Your Sparkle so I hashtag things #AlwaysSparkle because you should never be afraid to be YOU!

So, be sure to #AlwaysSparkle !!

My love for my Pens has inspired my stories and fuels my passion for writing. I've followed them since the early 90's when my neighbors turned me onto hockey.

My favorite player is Kris Letang (have you seen my tattoo?)

but I pretty much think my whole team rocks. I've been pretty lucky to have had met almost all of them. #BlackAndYellow

I always represent, lol.

photo Melody Heck Gatto

Melody's Renegades Series Est. 2014

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