Ashton Shaw Melvin is a native of southern Indiana. He attended Indiana University, studying sociology and minors in psychology and human sexuality. While there, he was part of several organizations relating to issues of sexuality and gender.
One of these organizations was the Gay Lesbian Bisexual Speaker’s Bureau. This organization went into classrooms and residence halls to provide panel discussions on issues of sexual diversity. One group that was also close to Ashton’s heart was Raising Awareness of Interactions in Sexual Encounters (RAISE), which went into classrooms, fraternities, sororities, and residence halls to provide education on what consent was and how to use it for healthy and safe sexual encounters.
Ashton has had different jobs ranging from being an employment consultant for a local organization assisting those with developmental disabilities to an accountant for a credit union. Currently, he is a home health caregiver and a volunteer at a local hospital.
Ashton grew up in a small conservative town. He was raised in a Christian family and enjoyed attending church all through his school years. Growing up in a small town and predominantly Christian area has influenced Ashton and was an inspiration for his desire to write stories for young adults to see that though things may seem rough and confusing, they can get better and more clear over time. Ashton has always wanted to find a way to be able to help the youth and their families come to terms with and accept their sexuality or gender identity. He is hoping that through these stories, people will be able to have a better understanding of the struggles that some people face.