Michele is an award-winning writer, and a professionally trained ethicist, therapist, and mediator.
Her writing has appeared in The Boston Globe, The Daily News, Medium, and The Basement Series publications, Partners HealthCare journal, Living Well magazine, and Be Well and Life Without Baby blogs. Her non-fiction books include Stirred Not Shaken and Spirit Wellness. Her upcoming novel, Unfaced, won the 2015 Mystery Writers of America’s Helen McCloy Award for Mystery Writing.
A native Bostonian, Michele holds masters degrees in World Religion and Ethics, Comparative Culture and Conflict, and Psychology, via a consortium comprising Harvard University, Boston College, and Boston University, among others. She also studied Marriage and Family therapy at Antioch University, and has done further academic coursework in creative writing, criminal justice, and law.
Her fiction credits include the 2015 Mystery Writers of America’s Helen McCloy Award for Mystery Writing, a Quill Award for an international short story contest, first place for a First Chapters Contest, a Festival of the Arts Writer’s World Award for creative non-fiction, and the Doris Bell Scholarship for creative writing. She was also a resident at Lit Camp (2014), a juried writer’s conference and the joint venture between Litquake and the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto.
When Michele is not writing, she works helping individuals, couples, families, and groups to navigate change, transform conflict, and rebuild lives in the wake of crisis or transition (at Paxways.org). She also speaks on the subjects of trauma and transition, resilience, and wellness.
One unexpected claim to fame: she defeated the “widow-maker” twice in one week when she was 33-years old.
Michele lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is represented by Kimberley Cameron & Associates.