If you’ve read my home page then you’ll know a little bit about my writing shyness, but not much else, which means I get to bore you with some more information about me. I’ve been informed, however, that it’s polite to have an ‘about me’ page, so here we are.
As you may have already guessed from the domain name I opted to use my own name for this website. It just seemed a little daft to try and get my name out as an author/editor and then hide behind an alternative name with a prettied up logo.
So I’m Michelle. I like in the United Kingdom and have been reading and writing forever. I have a vague recollection of writing a school story at around ten years of age. I was pretty obsessed with Enid Blyton’s St Clare’s and Mallory Towers and remember begging my parents to send me away to boarding school – sadly it never happened – so writing my own school stories seemed like a good way of dealing with that disappointment.
Fast forward six years and I wrote my second book, based on events around the council estate I grew up on. Now I still have that book, well really it’s three exercise books sellotaped together, and I always vowed to rewrite it, but time passed, and I’ve since fallen out with some of my ‘characters,’ so it would probably be best not to.
Which brings me to the present day. Getting a computer has to be about the best thing I could have done with regards to writing. It not only gave me the tools to write beyond the first chapter of a story, but opened my eyes to some amazing websites, forums and challenges, all of which helped me to develop as a writer.
I have five 75k+ novel drafts hidden away in the depths of my hard drive, and I certainly couldn’t have achieved that without the use of a computer, but along the way, I’ve also become a bit of a computer geek. Besides writing, I’m at my happiest pulling a desktop PC or laptop to pieces, purely to rebuild it. I’m also rather obsessed with new technology and software.
On the personal side of things, I am a mother. I have two children on the autistic spectrum, two dogs (one of whom is epileptic and has no hips), and a husband. One interesting fact (or not, depending on your engagement with me waffling on like this) is that one of my children is English, and the other is Scottish. The English one looks like me, and the Scottish one is a carbon copy of his father (who is also a Scot).
And…I think that’s about all I need to say on the subject of ‘me’ right now.