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Michelle Paisley is not NEARLY as neurotic as her protagonist, Bridget Holiday. She does admit to sometimes obsessing on her weight, but that's where the similarities end. Besides, she is much better looking.


Background Information

When I was 13  years old, I had a huge crush on my eighth-grade English teacher, who ardently fueled my writing passions at an early age. Mr. F encouraged me to write a poem for some school contest, and I won first place. It was later published in Teen magazine, which instantly made me cool. From that point on I never stopped writing.

In college, I majored in English, of course, which didn't really qualify me to do anything after I graduated. I interned at Sacramento Magazine during the era of Melrose Place, and so I dressed like someone off that show, complete with padded shoulder pads in my suits, making me stand out among the jeans-clad crew, who must have had a good snicker behind my back.

I also interned at Methodist Hospital, doing PR for a very patient boss/mentor who gently went through sentence by sentence with a BLACK pen, showing me how to leave out the flowery stuff and stick with the facts. I will be forever grateful to him.

My first reporter job was at a dinky hometown paper called the Benicia Herald. I scored the highest on their copy editing test, so despite my lack of experience, I was in. The pay was horrible, and I think I was the only one there who didn't smoke and who therefore never got a break, but I thrived on it. Our computers were so old that I had to memorize code just to bold something, and we still cut and pasted the papers on a board with a razor blade.

I boldly called the 'big' paper for a job, and reached an empathetic ear of an editor who called in a favor from a friend at the Contra Costa Sun. I was such an eager beaver that soon I rose the ranks from the education reporter for Moraga to taking over as Features Editor from a woman who'd done the job for, like, a 100 years.

Two bleeding ulcers later, I decided to call it quits when I married (now divorced) a co-worker (never a good idea) and wanted babies. I did freelance work on the side, but dabbled in running a non-profit after school program, working at the YMCA as a Program Director, then owning a yoga studio and later a massage/yoga studio, all in an effort to try and RELAX.

My first book, "Yoga for a Broken Heart,' came out in 2007, about the same time I was going through the previously mentioned divorce, funny enough. It was a tough year, but I came through it all fairly unscathed and with new material from my angst.

Now I can honestly say I'm the happiest I've ever been in my life, with just the right balance of physical and mental work, with a great guy and two amazing kids and a (soon-to-be) bestselling novel ("All In Her Head") just out the door!

I am inspired by anyone who has the discipline and courage to write. Right now I'm reading Susan K. Perry books on "Writing in Flow" and "Loving in Flow", I just finished "the Shack", and I'm in the middle of "Pride and Prejudice" again. I'm ordering Jennifer Weiner's "Good in Bed" because I think she's hilarious and I hope I can give interviews half as riveting and real as hers.

I truly hope you give my books a read. I write because I have something to say, because I just can't help myself. Most of my messages are about loving yourself and finding peace as your prosperity and a lot of touchy-feely stuff like that, but I think I'm pretty grounded and funny while saying it.

 

 

Birth Place
Seattle, WA US
Accomplishments

B.A. English, California State University, Sacramento
Registered Yoga Teacher 500 hours-Yoga Alliance
Certified Massage Therapist

Additional Information

My new novel, "All In Her Head," was released June 1, 2011, and I have several book signings and a TV appearance scheduled already. Please check my website for a current list.

Favorite Links

My Website
My main site, with videos of past media appearances and workshops, articles, links to my blogs and Facebook, etc.

Publisher's Website
The place to order my books directly.

The Difference
I am a collaborator and local script development director for an international film and television project about people making a difference.






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