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Michelle Shocklee is the author of several historical novels, including UNDER THE TULIP TREE, a Christy Awards & Selah Awards finalist. As a woman of mixed heritage--her father's family is Hispanic and her mother's roots go back to Germany--she has always celebrated diversity and feels it's important to see the world through the eyes of one another. Learning from the past and changing the future is why she writes historical fiction.

UNDER THE TULIP TREE is set in 1930s & 1860s Nashville and tells a story of unlikely friendship, reconciliation, and forgiveness. Based on extensive research into the Federal Writers' Project Slave Narratives of 1936, as well as the writings of Frederick Douglass and others, many scenes in UNDER THE TULIP TREE a
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Michelle Shocklee I love history! I find great inspiration in reading about the lives of people who have gone before us. I'm especially intrigued by the Civil War and p…moreI love history! I find great inspiration in reading about the lives of people who have gone before us. I'm especially intrigued by the Civil War and pioneer journeys. Old diaries and letters, and even census records are wonderful resources to fuel my imagination!

While researching The Planter's Daughter, I discovered an amazing book with true narratives of former Texas slaves. Many of the scenes, experiences, and even some of the names I use in The Planter's Daughter are based on true stories. (less)
Michelle Shocklee While I was researching slavery in Texas for my plantation novels, I discovered the slave narratives, a body of work compiled in the 1930s. During the…moreWhile I was researching slavery in Texas for my plantation novels, I discovered the slave narratives, a body of work compiled in the 1930s. During the Great Depression, millions of people were out of work, including writers. The government created jobs under the Works Progress Administration, which included the Federal Writers' Project. Under this project, unemployed writers were sent throughout the south to interview people who had been enslaved prior to the Civil War. These former slaves were well into their 80s, 90s, and 100s, and their stories needed to be captured and preserved for future generations before they were lost. Thanks to the FWP, over 2300 narratives, 500 photographs, and several priceless recording are now archived in the Library of Congress. Reading these word-for-word narratives not only changed me, but they inspired my novel UNDER THE TULIP TREE (releasing 9.8.20) which tells the story of a young white woman who takes a job with the FWP and meets a 101-year old black woman who's story is unforgettable. (less)
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During this week’s Crazy4Fiction Summer Book Bash, I’m taking visitors on a virtual visit to Nashville where Priscilla Nichols and Audrey Whitfield live in my new time-slip novel Count the Nights by Stars . Both Priscilla and Audrey want to host a summer book club in Nashville’s beautiful Centennial Park, and if you could meet these women in real l Read more of this blog post »
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Tennessee in 1897 was the place to be. The state was celebrating its centennial anniversary and everyone came to Nashville to celebrate at the exposition. Pri" Read more of this review »
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"Such a wonderful book! I listened to this book, and I think it added to my joy. This is another spilt timeline book that by Shocklee that is set in Nashville. Part of it involves the Tennessee Exposition in 1897, and part of it happened in 1961. The " Read more of this review »
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I'm getting excited about sharing this historical time-slip novel with you all. Lots of cool Nashville history is included--the 1897 Tennessee Centennial Exposition, the Maxwell House Hotel, 1960s Nashville, etc. There are also some really
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“Maybe confidence in oneself had nothing to do with what other folks thought or did. Maybe it was deep down inside you, just waiting to be let loose like a spring of water gushing to the surface.”
Michelle Shocklee, Under the Tulip Tree

“furrowed, and she leaned forward as though she’d seen him in the darkness. Jerking back behind the plant, he decided it wouldn’t be good to be found on the porch.”
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