I have been writing since I was a teen, mostly poetry, and I also have some completed rough drafts of adult and children's fiction. I Co-Edit a local free children's magazine called "Whimsy," and am currently working on my third middle grade novel. My poetry is mainly ekphrastic, but I also write free form, too. I suffer from fibromyalgia and chronic pain, so if I am slow in reading your work, read it sporadically, or disappear for awhile, this will be why. It's not because I choose for it to be that way. I don't really like adding that and giving it any space in my bio, but I don't want the people who I read and who read me to get the wrong impression :) Blessings to you all~~ Michelle~~
My major writing influences are:
Novelists/adult: Oscar Wilde, Dostoevsky, Thomas Hardy, Nick Hornby, Joanne Harris, Mil Millington, Katie Fforde, the Brontes, Jane Austen, George Eliot, Georg Sand, Wilkie Collins, Daphne DuMaurier, Richard Llewellyn, Gwyn Thomas, Rebecca Shaw, Josephine Cox, Helen Fielding, Phil Rickman, Gordon Houghton, Simon Maginn, Bernard Taylor, Stephen King, Poe, Salinger, WIlla Cather, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Henry James.
Poets: Wilfred Owen, Christina Rossetti, Lord Byron, Shelley, Auden, Neruda, Edna St Vincent Millay, Elizabeth Barrett-Browning, Dylan Thomas, RS Thomas, Dorothy Parker, Langston Hughes, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Anna Akhmatova, Maria Tsvetaeva.
Childrens: Jack Gantos, Dick King-Smith, CS Lewis, Malachy Doyle, Roddy Doyle, Angela Johnson, Jacqueline Woodson, Walter Dean Myers, Louisa May Alcott, Mo Willems, Roald Dahl, Lois Lowry, Chris Van Allsburg, Joan Walsh Anglund, Mercer Mayer, Richard Scarry, Beatrix Potter, Dr. Suess, Shel Silverstein.
Music: Two of my biggest writing influences ever- Jamey Johnson and Manic Street Preachers.
Artists: Lord Leighton, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, James Tissot, Burne-Jones, Millais, Monet, Manet, Morisot, Courbet, Friedrich, Delacroix, Fern Isabel Coppedge, WInslow Homer, Childe Hassam, Benson, Magritte, Caillebotte, Degas, Alison Jay, James Ransome, Eloise Wilkin, Garth Williams, Jane Dyer.
Religious: St Therese of Lisieux, St. John of the Cross, St Bernadette, St Dymphna, St Matthew, St Catherine of Siena, St Francis, St Anthony, Father Adolpho, Monsignor Martin, Father Robert, Father Anthony Mary, Father Mark Mary, Father Joseph Mary, Padre Pio, Lee Strobel, John Pridmore, Sister Mary Martin Jennings.
Film Stars: Cary Grant, Lon Chaney, Gary Cooper, James Cagney, John Garfield, George Brent,Vincent D'Onofrio, Franchot Tone, Robert Montgomery, Leslie Howard, Spencer Tracy, William Powell, Lionel Barrymore, Charlie Chaplin,Willie Best, Norma Shearer, Merle Oberon, Joan Crawford, Mae West, Jean Harlow, Mary Astor, Joan Blondell, Irene Dunne, Patsy Kelly, Butterfly McQueen, Greer Garson, Rosalind Russell, Jane Russell, Hedy Lamarr, Barbara Stanwyck.
Heroes: My Mom, my brother, Eric Mead, St Therese of Lisieux, Bob Geldof, Thich Nhat Hanh, Booker T. Washington, Madame CJ Walker.