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. 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 encountered 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, however, I developed an interest in creating enigmatic characters who faced seemingly insurmountable life obstacles.
After attending novel writing courses, I wrote my first novel (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 acceptance and redemption. In 2019, my novel entry was a finalist in the She Writes Press (2019 Indie Publisher of the Year) and SparkPress Toward Equality in Publishing (STEP) competition that seeks to increase representation of BIPOC authors.
More recently, I'm exploring creative non-fiction and writing a collection of personal essays. I've also delved into genealogy, and I'm examining some of the more perplexing aspects of my heritage as I grapple with how I came to exist on this planet. Someday, I'll pen a full-fledge memoir. In the meantime, I'm gravitating toward shorter snippets in the form of personal essays.
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.