And so much more.
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But first, meet Michelle!
Why did you decide to become a writer?
While my friends were playing football and tag at recess in elementary school, I was curled up under a tree with my notebook and pencil, jotting down silly poems. I’ve always loved to write.
I became the editor of my elementary school newspaper, “The Panther Paw” in 6th grade, and that’s when I began really taking writing seriously.
I think I realized it was something I was truly good at and enjoyed, and I wanted to explore it with more passion at that point.
I graduated with a journalism degree from Indiana University in 1991, and I’ve been “a professional writer” ever since.
What has been one of the most surprising parts of your writing journey?
Surprising parts of the journey?
I think that I’ve been able to make a living at this crazy writing gig.
When I was a senior in high school, my guidance counselor tried to talk me out of majoring in anything having to do with writing.
I remember her saying, “Sure you’re a good writer, but only 2 percent of writers actually can make a living at it, so…do you have a backup plan?”
I remember thinking, “Do I really need a backup plan before I even go for my dreams?”
I was just sassy enough to go for it—without a backup plan—and things have worked out quite nicely.
I love what I do, and I know I’m blessed that I get to write for a living. I never take that blessing for granted, which is why I teach at so many conferences. It’s my way of giving back to an industry that’s been good to me.
Plus, I promised God in 2000 if He ever allowed me to be successful in this writing world, I’d encourage other writers. I’ve been doing that ever since.
What’s one of the funniest experiences you’ve had as a writer?
I once had to write a story about a pet potty belly pig named Petunia—totally serious.
I was a news reporter for a daily newspaper in Southern IN and that was my assignment, so I had to get “up close and personal” with a pig. Very funny!
Also, in more recent years, I was doing a book signing at ICRS, signing my latest children’s picture book, “Memories of the Manger” (Ideals Children’s Books). Anyway, after my signing, my mom and my sister and I went to lunch in downtown Atlanta, near the venue.
The whole meal, I noticed this group of women sitting at a nearby table staring at me. They would stare and whisper and even point.
I was becoming totally paranoid, wondering if I had spinach in my teeth, you know? When all of a sudden, one of the women left the table and inched toward me, ever so cautiously.
She said with a trembling voice, “Your book totally changed my life…would you be willing to sign it for me?”
I remember thinking, “Well my Christmas picture book is pretty fun, but I can’t imagine it being life-changing for an adult, but who knows?”
I said, “Sure,” and reached for her book…which happened to be authored by Beth Moore.
I’d been told I favored her before, but apparently, I was her twin that particular day with my hair up.
I knew this woman would die a million times when I revealed I wasn’t Beth Moore, but I couldn’t sign Beth’s name.
So, I handed her a copy of “Memories of the Manger” that I had in my purse, signed it, and whispered, “I’m not Beth, but that book of hers changed my life, too. She’s a dandy. Here’s a copy of my latest. I hope you enjoy it.”
She turned three shades of red and hurriedly left the restaurant.
Want to learn more from Michelle?
Come to the Serious Writer Tour Stop in Lexington, SC on May 26, 2018 and meet Michelle, Steven, and Bethany (who we’ll feature next!)
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