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, where topics 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, but I also loved math and science. Unsure of where my future would take me, I attended Mills College in Oakland, CA and ended up enrolling into a new pre-med program. After being admitted to medical school, I found myself interacting with humans in a variety of emotionally charged circumstances throughout my years of training as well as in my medical practice. That exposure, along with my upbringing by a family member tormented with mental illness, planted seeds inside my inquisitive mind for complex characters and storylines rich with mystery, conflict, and turmoil.
While I enjoyed the detective-like nature of practicing medicine, I was intrigued by the complicated nature of human behavior. Always the curious type, I wanted to further explore the intricacies of the human spirit and became fascinated with the extraordinary. After I reduced my work schedule, I continued my passion of promoting wellness and disease prevention by writing health-related articles and other human-interest pieces for consumer magazines. Along the way, however, I was drawn to creating suspense, tension, and intrigue on a blank sheet of paper. I had an interest in fictional, enigmatic characters who face seemingly insurmountable life obstacles.
I eventually enrolled in novel writing courses and attempted to write my first novel. After several iterations and revisions, in 2019, I submitted a sample of Hide and Seek to 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. It's a story about a troubled twelve-year-old girl's newfound ability to communicate with spirits and her quest for acceptance and redemption. I was honored to be recognized as a top-10 finalist!
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, and my opinion pieces have appeared in The San Diego Union-Tribune.
My medical credentials include: M.D. completed at the University of Southern California School of Medicine; internship and residency in Internal Medicine completed at Highland General Hospital in Oakland, CA; medical licensure in good standing in the states of California, Arizona, and Hawaii; certification in the specialty of Internal Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine; longstanding member of the American College of Physicians.