After taking a break to have two children and publish a series of books in different genres, Michele is back writing literary fiction across a variety of age groups. Now represented by Sophie Hamley from Cameron's Management in Australia her work has recently been longlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Award. Previously her short stories and a novel have been shortlisted and nominated for a range of awards including the Aeon International Short Story Competition (UK), the Fish Short story Competition (Ireland), the Sir Julius Vogel Award (NZ) and the Ashton Wylie Unpublished Manuscript Award (NZ). She is also part of the children's writing FABO team, check out their interactive writing for kids at fabostory

About Michele

Michele was born in the mid 1970s amid a burgeoning sprawl of vineyards and new retirement homes. Despite training in law (or perhaps because of it) she has been a dancer, choreographer, producer, marketer, publicist and all round arty type in various countries for most of her life.

Michele has travelled extensively, working on projects in Bosnia, India, Scotland, England, Brazil and New Zealand.

She has worked with a large range of dance companies and productions such as: Okareka Dance Company, Rifleman Productions, Touch Compass, Atamira Dance Collective, The Body Cartography Project(US), The Elements (UK), Alyx Duncan, Vospertron, The Montana Wearable Art Awards, and Trash to Fashion.

After many years in the performing arts she moved sideways to concentrate on writing, completing a Masters in Creative Writing at Auckland University (NZ) in 2006. She now has work published in a range of mediums – radio, literary journals, travel magazines, live shows, children’s short stories, and books. Click here to view Michele's Writing Portfolio.

Her first novel was received to critical acclaim (read the reviews here) and was one of The NZ Listener’s best books of 2009. That year Michele was also awarded the prestigious Robert Burns Fellowship which she undertook in 2010 in Dunedin.