Who are we? Well, we are Kelly R. Backus (there on the left) and Melissa L. Long (on the right). We were both born and raised in Indiana and we met in college at Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis. We became best friends there and our friendship eventually lead to us writing a book together. Two heads are better than one, right?

By day, Kelly is a Special Events Manager. She’s also a pop-culture and music aficionado.

Melissa spends her days working with numbers (how did that happen?) and her nights with her two sons and her saintly husband.

“On the Edge of My World” was inspired by the life experiences of fellow students in high school and college. The story is intended to show young people that they are no alone and that it is not shameful to deal with the difficult issues of addiction, self-injury, depression and suicide. We want our readers to know there is hope you that they have fight left in them.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please reach out!
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
Crisis Text Line 741741 Text “Connect”
Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide Website


Photo Credit Katie Ryan 2017