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Michelle Muriel

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St. Louis, The United States


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Michelle Muriel is the award-winning, bestselling author of ESSIE'S ROSES. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts, magna cum laude, and after graduating, she worked as a professional actress, a member of Actors’ Equity and The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists for almost twenty years, doing theater, voice-over, and commercial work. She is also a songwriter and musician. Michelle lives in Missouri with her husband and two quirky Border collies. She first developed Essie’s Roses as a screenplay. This is her debut novel. She is currently at work on her next book.

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You can learn more about me at http://www.michellemuriel.com

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Michelle Muriel Thanks for the great question! I set the work aside and work on something else. Fortunately, I never have a shortage of ideas, scenes, or dialogue,…moreThanks for the great question! I set the work aside and work on something else. Fortunately, I never have a shortage of ideas, scenes, or dialogue, but I have to focus to keep a certain through-line for the story. I’m such a dedicated person when I write, I have to discipline myself to take breaks and step away when the story gets cloudy and I start to get in the way. I think it’s even more difficult when you write historical fiction because of the months/years of research you do. It’s not easy cutting scenes you have worked so hard on, especially one that involved much research. So while I don’t usually have writer’s block, I often have too many scenes and have to step back and be honest if they are necessary.(less)
Michelle Muriel Thank you for taking the time to ask me this question.I love meeting new people and hearing what readers have to say about the story. Writing is such…moreThank you for taking the time to ask me this question.I love meeting new people and hearing what readers have to say about the story. Writing is such a solitary process, so at this stage it is exciting when you see people are enjoying your book and connecting with you. I’m always amazed how stories come. How pages get filled. How characters magically appear on the page. How they speak. And the stories they tell. I love being surprised by the direction a story takes. I love when the characters teach me something.

In my blog post, “From the Author,” I share an experience I had while doing research for Essie’s Roses in Richmond, Virginia. It encompasses why I love writing. You hope to have fun, entertain your readers, but to me, it’s always about learning… learning about history, myself, and others. And it’s special when something unexpectedly touches your life and changes you forever.(less)
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I’ll have loads of news in 2019 about my new novel set in 19th-century Paris, a release date, and an update on an Essie’s Roses sequel! Please keep up with me on Facebook Goodreads, or via my newsletter for news about my new book, giveaways and more. Sign up on my website at: www.michellemuriel.com (at the side... Read more of this blog post »
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“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”
Harriet Tubman
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“You are stronger than you think. I have weathered many storms, tragedies, and heartaches in my life–and here I am still standing. Here you are still standing. Joy is right around the corner you just have to change your focus and look for it. And that can be rough. Rough roads can be unbearable, but you can walk them. Sometimes when you come to the end of yourself–give yourself a chance to dig in deeper. Look for the good, and you’ll find strength you never knew you had.”
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“The only way your dream will never come true is if you choose not to listen to it.”
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“You cannot change a man . . . you can only change yourself.”
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“Essie Mae, close your eyes. Listen. Breathe. The quiet is where dreams are born.”
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“Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.”
Dr. Seuss

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
Oscar Wilde

“A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in--what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.”
Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“Everyone has a gift for something, even if it is the gift of being a good friend.”
Marian Anderson

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