Melissa Nathan was born in 1968 in Hertfordshire and went on to study Communications at the Polytechnic of Wales in Pontypridd. Though she acted in plays throughout college, she decided to take a post graduate course in journalism, then went on to work as a writer, sub-editor, and commissioning editor for women’s magazines. Melissa Nathan continued on writing novels, and published five titles: Pride, Prejudice, and Jasmine Field, Persuading Annie, The Nanny, The Waitress, and The Learning Curve.
Melissa Nathan was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001 while working on Persuading Annie. Initial cancer treatments went well, and in 2003 Nathan gave birth to her first child, son Sam. Unfortunately, the cancer returning shortly after the birth of Sam, and had spread to her liver and bones. Melissa Nathan passed away in April 2006 at the age of 37.