Melissa Lion is the author of two novels, Swollen and Upstream, both published by Random House. She blogs about her life as an SUV-driving, conventionally-grown food eating Californian living in Portland, Oregon at and tweets about being a bike-riding, canning, single mom as @melissalion.

Viva Las Vegas was Portland, Oregon’s most famous stripper. After breast cancer left her with a mastectomy, she went through a period of soul searching—then got back on stage.