Welcome to my author's biography page! After learning a little about me here, I hope you also visit my blog page, Michelle's Musings. Topics there range from current events to the writing process. For now, I'm posting on the 15th of each month.
I've been writing since my teens; however, after entering the new pre-med tract at Mills College in Oakland, CA, I pursued a career in medicine. In my medical training and practice, I was exposed to a variety of emotionally charged circumstances that resonated with me long after those situations were resolved. That exposure, along with my upbringing by a family member tormented with mental illness, planted seeds for complex characters and storylines rich with mystery, conflict, and turmoil.
While I enjoyed the detective-like nature of medicine, writing entries in a patient chart wasn't nearly as stimulating as creating suspense, tension, and intrigue on a blank sheet of paper. After I reduced my work schedule, I continued to promote wellness and disease prevention by writing health-related articles and other human-interest pieces for consumer magazines.
Along the way, I developed an interest in creating enigmatic characters who faced seemingly insurmountable life obstacles. After attending novel writing courses, writers' conferences, and joining writers' organizations, I wrote my first novel titled Hide and Seek, a magical realism story about a troubled twelve-year-old girl's newfound ability to communicate with spirits and her quest for redemption after the death of her younger brother.
More recently, I'm exploring creative non-fiction and have pursued writing a collection of personal essays that incorporate my lifelong experience with racism, today's climate of race awareness (or lack thereof), and their correlation with my recently uncovered ancestral lineage. I plan to examine the enigmatic aspects of my heritage (which is comprised of a myriad of unique characters) as I grapple with how I came to exist on this planet.
My writing society memberships include The Authors Guild; The National League of American Pen Women, Inc.; San Diego Writers, Ink, and the Central Coast Writers (CCW) Branch of the California Writers Club (www.centralcoastwriters.org). I have a longstanding member profile column that I write for Scribbles, CCW's monthly newsletter.
I'm currently revising Hide and Seek and will eventually post a novel excerpt that I hope you will enjoy reading. Someday, I'll also pen a full-fledge memoir—though, in the meantime, I'm gravitating toward shorter snippets in the form of personal essays.