Published Books

With so many genres of writing, I’m always finding new and exciting ideas. Below are a few of the books I’ve published.


Below the 45th Parallel

Chase the Northern Lights in your own backyard with a new guidebook! The title of the book is “Below the 45th Parallel: The Official Guide to Chasing the Aurora in the Great Lakes Region.”

Book Cover: Below the 45th Parallel

Find out what it takes to catch this rare natural phenomenon at locations near and below the 45th Parallel. This guide caters to beginners with real, useful advice for the chase. With sections devoted to many major topics, Melissa F. Kaelin describes what it takes to see the Aurora in the northern tier of the U.S. She uses a warm, conversational tone to offer her hard-earned advice, encouragement, and a friendly reality check about the challenges Aurora Chasers face every day. Her tips have helped hundreds of individuals to catch the beautiful Aurora Borealis for the first time.

The Founder of the Michigan Aurora Chasers, Melissa finds inspiration in sharing the experience of the Aurora’s dance with others. She aims to help more people find, understand, and celebrate the elusive Northern Lights — which continue to be a rare spectacle at lower latitudes.

Now available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble!


Social Gap Experiment Anthology

During the global pandemic of COVID-19, I had the honor of featuring authors and artists from the virtual creative community in a project I created called the Social Gap Experiment.

Book Cover: Social Gap Experiment Anthology

As we bridged the gap of social distancing using social media, I edited and published an anthology featuring more than 40 authors and artists, to raise funds for those suffering due to the pandemic. The Social Gap Experiment: An Anthology is now available on Amazon.

The anthology includes poetry, fiction, non-fiction, hip hop, art and photography, providing a moving collection of creative work from the creative community.

Hope in the Hoarfrost

The first book I published features a collection of poetry written over the course of 10 years, complimented by original photographs I’ve taken.

Book Cover: Hope in the Hoarfrost

Drawing from poetry in both rhyming and modern formats, I created a poetry chapbook with two sections, Modern Poetry and Earlier Poems. Hope in the Hoarfrost: A Poetry Collection was self-published in 2016.

The chapbook features full color photographs of nature, as well as an emotional collection of poems composed from 2005 to 2010.


Novels in the Works

As a career writer, my writing has been published in many newspapers, magazines, and literary journals. Now, my goal is to break into traditional publishing with fiction.

Learn more about my novels:

Other Projects

In 2021, I introduced a new concept for a nonfiction book that I could pitch to literary agents. Though this project is on hold, I am always considering new content for it.

  • Working Title: The Aurora Chaser Chronicles
    If you have an amazing story about your encounter with the Aurora, join the group to participate in the book and its journey: Facebook Group: Tell Your Aurora Story