Hello and welcome to Penbitten! This is my online home, and I call it that because over the years I have collected so many Web sites, services, and such that it has become onerous and confusing. This is my hub, where you can find and visit any of those places – and more that aren’t already listed: Goodreads, Tumblr, LibraryThing, Flickr, and, of course, MyLeaky. Do you ever feel like the Internet has made hopeless ADD victims of us all?
Anyway, to business: I am Melissa Anelli, a freelance writer and reporter from the great city of New York. My first book is the New York Times bestseller Harry, A History: The true story of a boy wizard, his fans, and life inside the Harry Potter phenomenon, and though it has been out for years, I am just as thrilled to say that as I ever was. I manage the best Harry Potter Web site on the planet, The Leaky Cauldron. It has brought me so much friendship and joy, and has given me the tools to live a confident and happy life.
The name “penbitten” comes from an Edna St. Vincent Millay Poem that I absolutely love, which was introduced to me by my friend Megan:
Cruel of heart, lay down my song,
Your reading eyes have done me wrong,
Not for you was the pen bitten,
and the mind wrung, and the song written.
And that is about the extent to which I am knowledgeable about poetry.
The fabulous John Noe designed this site; the coffee cup (an item that this site would be completely inaccurate without) is at that particular angle as a little nod to my favorite author, whom I bet you are shocked to hear is J.K. Rowling.
And doesn’t Moochka look adorable?