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DSC_1170-1a writer, physician, and free spirit living with my family outside of Montreal, Canada.

My latest Hope Sze medical mystery, Terminally Ill, hailed as “entertaining and insightful” by Publishers Weekly, got two thumbs up from Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine: “Narrating in a sprightly style while sharing some of the nitty-gritty of a resident’s job, Hope Sze is an utterly likeable character.”

Terminally Ill hit the Kobo Top 50 eBook list after I appeared on CBC Radio’s Ontario Morning.

My short stories and poems have been published in the Aurora-award winning anthology The Dragon and the Stars, Indian Country Noir, Bewere the Night,  Nature, and many other fine venues.

My brand new website now lives at It’s fabulous, responsive, but undergoing some growing pains. This link should work.


“One of the more impressive entries is Melissa Yi’s moving “Indian Time,” about Mohawk Fred Redish’s painful attempts to visit his young sons under the care of his white mother-in-law.”  —Publishers Weekly

“a fresh use of language to spin a storyline that is at once universally familiar and intriguingly original.”  —Brian Agincourt Massey, judge of the 2008 InnermoonLit Award for Best First Chapter of a Novel

CompellingMixing mysteryin withsheer humanity and splendid characterization, Yuan-Innes’s story is adelight.”–Alicia Curtis, A&E Editor, The Stormy Petrel, Atlanta, Georgia

“Delivers a Bradburyian shocker”–Paul Di Filippo, Asimov’s

“A strong but opaque piececompellingly rendered”–Jay Lake, Tangent Online

Very fine workYuan-Innes deftly negotiates the creepyaspects, the affectingaspects, and the funnyaspects of her tale, as complications result when other dead return with other diseases to battle. The ending is quite moving.”Rich Horton

Some serious awesome going on.”–Jeff Soesbe, author of “Apologies All Around”

very compelling…I’ve never read a book with so much wall-to-wall sex”  –Christina Dudley, author of _Mourning Becomes Cassandra_, about my latest book THE LIST

All quotes used with permission.


Winner, 2011 Aurora Award for Best English Related Work: The Dragon and the Stars, edited by Derwin Mak and Eric Choi, DAW; features my story, “Dancers With Red Shoes.”

“Indian Time” named one of the best short mysteries of 2010 by

Cornwall Public Library’s Annual Writing Contest in Partnership with Cornwall and Region Writer’s Society

  • Poetry, Second Place & Fiction Honourable Mention 2014
  • Fiction, Second Place 2010
  • Best Fiction 2008
  • Best Children’s Literature 2008
  • Honourable Mention, Best Children’s Literature 2009

SD&G Writes Creative Writing contest, 2nd Prize, 2010

InnermoonLit Award for Best First Chapter of a Novel 2008, The Popcorn Girl Meets Darwin Jones

Writers of the Future, 2nd Place

Year’s Best Science Fiction, Honorable Mentions

  • “Iron Monk”
  • “Growing Up Sam”
  • “Waiting for Jenny Rex”

Winner, McMaster University “Unearthly Love Affair” writing contest

CBC Radio Noon Romance-Writing Contest, runner-up

[i] Author photo by Jordan Matter