Meet Melina Sempill Watts, the author of Tree, the story of two centuries of California history told through the life of Tree, a live oak who witnesses neighboring animals and plants and human settlers, from the Chumash to contemporary residents. Aaron Mair, president of the Sierra Club, calls it a "bold dive into the imagined interior realm of plants and animals and the people who love them. You'll read it again and again." The story of Tree allows the reader to enter the daily drama of the natural world and to discover, in an intimate way, the ways in which humans have upset the balance of nature.
Melina Sempill Watts' writing has appeared in Sierra Magazine, Earth Island Journal, and Sunset Magazine. She is an environmental and media consultant who has worked as a watershed coordinator. Watts graduated from UCLA with a degree in history. She has three children and lives in California.