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MICHELE YOUNG-STONE is the author of ABOVE US ONLY SKY (Simon & Schuster, 3-3-15) and THE HANDBOOK FOR LIGHTNING STRIKE SURVIVORS (Crown, 2010).

In addition to being a writer, Michele is a mom, wife, animal lover, Zumba-addict, crafter, Pinterest junkie, and bird watcher. Learn more about Michele and her new book, ABOVE US ONLY SKY, at www.micheleyoungstone.com

Sign up for her newsletter before Feb. 1, 2015, www.micheleyoungstone.com, for a chance to win a signed first edition copy of ABOVE US ONLY SKY before it hits bookstores. In February, three winners will be announced on her website. In order to win, you must reside in the continental United States.


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Michele Young-Stone I don't believe in it. I believe in frustration and self-doubt, things that can make me pause from sitting down to do the work, but I don't believe in…moreI don't believe in it. I believe in frustration and self-doubt, things that can make me pause from sitting down to do the work, but I don't believe in "writer's block". I try to remember what Hemingway said: I'm paraphrasing, but it's something like, Always make sure you stop writing while you still have something to say. Save something for the next day. I also get a lot of ideas in the shower or when I'm walking. Oftentimes if I'm not sure what to write, I'll realize that I need to do more research, and I'll go that route. (less)
Michele Young-Stone Seeing my book in a store, on a library shelf, in the hands of readers. There is nothing like it.
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Above Us Only Skyis the epic tale of two women separated by oceans, generations and war, but connected by something much greater—the gift of wings.In 1973, Prudence Eleanor is born with wings in Nashville, Tennessee. Considered a birth defect, her wings are excised shortly after her birth, leaving the ghost of them behind.

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The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: Damaged people inhabit this debut novel: people who have been struck by lightning as well as those who have lost loved ones from death, divorce, drinking, or duplicity. Young-Stone tells parallel stories that hurdle storm after storm headlong into one another... [She] is a very fine writer who has created a host of endearing losers—young, old, literate, and simple, all full of longing. What she does best is portray the incredulousness of the unlucky. (Apr.) Publisher's Weekly, 7 Dec. 2009
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“She'd been in love with the man, and love is a scary thing. If not reciprocated, it can turn a person into a monster.”
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“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”
Ernest Hemingway

“If you tell a beautiful woman that she is beautiful, what have you given her? It's no more than a fact and it has cost you nothing. But if you tell an ugly woman that she is beautiful, you offer her the great homage of corrupting the concept of beauty. To love a woman for her virtues is meaningless. She's earned it, it's a payment, not a gift. But to love her for her vices is a real gift, unearned and undeserved. To love her for her vices is to defile all virtue for her sake - and that is a real tribute of love, because you sacrifice your conscience, your reason, your integrity and your invaluable self-esteem.”
Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

“You cannot save people. You can only love them.”
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“Had I not created my whole world, I would certainly have died in other people’s. ”
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“Writing is like making love. Don't worry about the orgasm, just concentrate on the process.”
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