Michelle lives in Boca Raton, Florida, where she is writing more novels for young adults. She loves reading, spending time with family and friends, traveling the world, shopping, Disney fairy tales, Broadway musicals, and loves talking with fans on Facebook (/MichelleMadow), Twitter (@MichelleMadow), and Instagram (@MichelleMadow). Visit her website, www.michellemadow.com, for extras about her books!
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I cannot imagine a time when reading and writing haven’t been a part of my life.
I’ve been a constant reader since pre-school, and literally cannot imagine my life without books in it. In second grade, I started writing more for fun when my teacher had us do “free write Fridays” in our journals every Friday morning. I would write twelve page adventure stories and insist on sharing them with the class. At the end of the school year, that teacher wrote a nice comment to every student. Her comment to me was: “I can’t wait to have you sign one of your novels to me one day.”
As the years went on, I continued to write for fun, but never showed my writing to anyone. I certainly never considered it as a possible career choice. Wanting to be an author seemed as crazy as wanting to be a rock star or a movie star! I tried to take the practical path, but writing always called to me. So in my junior year of college, I signed up for an Intro to Creative Writing Class.
The first homework assignment for that class was to write either a short story, poem, or first chapter of a novel, and read it out loud to everyone. I wrote the first chapter of a book about a modern day teenage girl who was reincarnated from 1815, England … but doesn’t realize it until her soul mate from her past life transfers into her high school and triggers her memories to gradually return. I was terrified to turn the chapter in to my class, because I had never shared my book ideas with everyone. But much to my surprise, my teacher and classmates loved the first chapter so much that they said they needed to know what was going to happen next, and encouraged me to continue writing the book!
I finished the draft of that book, Remembrance, by the end of my junior year, and later self-published it as the first part of my Transcend Time Saga.
Since that day in class, I’ve been constantly working on writing, editing, publishing, or doing something to take action to propel my writing career forward. At one point, I drove across the country for two and a half months, speaking at multiple high schools a week to encourage students to read and write, while spreading word about my books.
In the year following my college graduation, I wrote the first draft of The Secret Diamond Sisters — a book about three sisters from a poor town who find out they’re the long lost heiresses of a Las Vegas billionaire casino owner. This story was inspired by multiple trips to Las Vegas that I’ve taken throughout my life, specifically by my favorite hotel in Las Vegas, called the Wynn. I was walking around the Wynn and thought, “What would it be like to live here?” Since I can’t live there, I decided to write a book about it! The book was also inspired by books like Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars, although I put a different spin on the typical “high life” book by having it be from the points of views of sisters who didn’t grow up in such luxury.
The Secret Diamond Sisters is now the first in a trilogy published by Harlequin Teen. Being able to walk into bookstores and see my books on the shelves has been a dream come true. The second part of the trilogy, Diamonds in the Rough, released in November 2014. At that book release event, my second grade teacher — the one who couldn’t wait to have me sign a book I’d written to her — attended, and yes, I did sign the book for her! The final part of the trilogy, Diamonds are Forever, comes out in November 2015.
This has been a fantastic journey, and I’m so grateful to all the readers who have shared it with me. I have lots more books to come, and can’t wait to see what’s in store for the future.