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Michelle Shocklee is the author of several historical novels. Her work has been included in numerous Chicken Soup for the Soul books, magazines, and blogs. 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.

Her NEW time-slip novel, UNDER THE TULIP TREE, set in 1930s & 1860s Nashville, is a story of unlikely friendship, reconciliation, and forgiveness. It is based on the Federal Writers' Project Slave Narratives of 1936. After reading over 100 slave narratives, Michelle wanted to tell THAT story.
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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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"This was a very good book. I like how “present” day was in the 1930’s and hearing Frankie’s heartbreaking story (slavery) as the alternate storyline. I really love how the author weaved in God; doubts, trust, forgiveness. Sure there are a few loose e" Read more of this review »
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