Melissa Cantor is senior editor of MIAMI Modern Luxury magazine. Her small and relatively new magazine offers readers lifestyle, design, and fashion features and is growing in circulation. Her career as a magazine writer and editor evolved in a conventional manner. An award-winning fiction writer, she came to the United States from Honduras in Central America She earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Miami in 2003 and, at the same time, interned at the edgy fashion magazine Zink and eventually became its editor. Cantor did not wish to leave South Florida when the magazine relocated to New York City, so she went back to school to earn a master of fine arts degree in creative writing. Not long after finishing the degree, she became part of a team of three persons that launched and edited a real estate trade magazine published every two weeks, Miami Agent. Cantor eventually left Miami Agent and became senior editor of the monthly Palm Beach Illustrated magazine. During her time at the highend readership magazine, she wrote regular art and design columns, contributed to several front-and back-of-the-book sections, and wrote features about Palm Beach’s elite lifestyles, high society, and celebrity-level residents.