Michele was born in Mesa, Arizona. She has 7 great-granddaughters, 11 grandchildren and 4 daughters. She has high hopes of filling their personal libraries with fun stories to last a lifetime. Having an active imagination as a child, Michele spent her childhood "pretending" with her best friend, playing cowboys and Indians, spies, dolls and anything else they could think of. Over the years, Michele doodled pictures and penned poetry for both adults and children, usually with some humor involved or a twist at the end. Michele discovered she also had a talent for music at the age of 12, and she spent much of her teenage years playing the violin and singing with a trio. The young trio found some popularity in their community and also performed on a local television show, competing in a talent competition up against none other than the now famous entertainer Wayne Newton, who was a young teenager himself at the time, singing locally with his brother, Jerry. Although writing is her current focus, Michele continues to sing whenever the opportunity arises and now enjoys the opportunity to direct her church choir as well. Michele retired in 2018 as a legal assistant after 40 years and spends much of her free time writing.
"Nighty-Night Poems" Super adorable book for my Grandkids. They also love her book, "If I Were A Mermaid."
"If I Were A Mermaid" Each page has delightful, charming characters so beautifully illustrated. The story is sweet, and what I liked best was the way it encourages a child's' creativity imagination! Darling book to add to your collection! I'm keeping one, and sending others to the grandchildren!
"If I Were A Mermaid" This book to so cute! I love the pictures and how the story rhymes! I personally know the author and she is awesome!! I have 5 girls and of course they all love mermaids!!
"If I Were A Mermaid" Adorable! Very cute book. Well written and illustrated. My grand daughters have this book at their other grandparents house and now at mine too. We all took turns reading it to each other when they last visited.
"Nighty-Night Poems" This is a sweet book to read to the Grandkids at night. Love this book and this author!
"If I Were A Mermaid" Quick easy read. Keeps kids attention with great illustrations and rhyming. We all love it and hope she comes out with more.
"If I Were A Mermaid" I bought a couple for my grand daughters and they absolutely loved it. Great illustrations and great story.
"If I Were A Mermaid" Excellent! An excellent addition to any mermaid's library!
"Cookies for Breakfast?" Michele! I just listened to your interview and it was great! I'm getting online and ordering books right now. Next meeting I'll bring them for your autograph. You read it so well. 😊 I was impressed when you talked about being accepted by a publisher with your first 2 books. I think that sparks confidence in people looking to buy books for their children." Well done! Jo Ellen
"If I Were A Mermaid" Great Children's Book. Loved the book! Great idea! My classroom will love it! ❤️❤️
"“What Do You Mean I’m a Frog?” is a lilypad-leaping tale of learning to accept oneself .. warts and all! I believe everyone’s had the same feelings as Freddy; dreaming of being someone else, of wanting to have or be something special. But, just like Freddy, we learn that what we are IS special and perfect. Perfectly illustrated and a clear story take this beyond typical children’s books. It’s best used as a read-to book in my view. Recommended."Official Review
"If I Were A Mermaid" Keeps little ones attention. Beautifully illustrated and written! Granddaughter loved the book!
"Cookies for Breakfast?" It is full of wonderful, colorful pictures that kids love! My granddaughter loved this book. She asked me to read it twice in a row.
"If I Were A Mermaid" Get this book like now! My daughter's absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this book! I highly recommend it. 5 stars!!!
"Trymbl: The Secret of the Golden Amulet" This is a great book for young teens. My granddaughter started reading it and loves it. I love this author for children's books!
"Cookies for Breakfast?" is loads of fun, even for an adult! I must admit to thinking those were “happy cookies” Bernie ate (if you know what I mean.) The most important element I find in Michele’s books for children is these aren’t your “See Dick and Jane” books. The style is very mature, it doesn’t talk down to children; the grammar includes much more complex sentences and words than books typical for the genre. This really means these books seem to be written for reading and reacting WITH your children. This, to me, is very important. The plot itself … well, I don’t want to give it away, let me just hint … The 9th season of Dallas.Official Review:
Cason fostered a love for writing and drawing at a very early age. Between Mickey Mouse Golden Books, and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, he gained a sense for the rhythm of a story and the impact of illustrations. It wasn’t until he began attending high school that he truly developed a motivation to write and illustrate professionally. He went on to be published multiple times in his school magazines, with both his short stories and his artwork. His story Secrets of the Grand Canyon was selected as a winner in the local Centennial Voices 2012 magazine. Pursuing degrees in creative writing and graphic design, he began experimenting with digital and charcoal art in addition to his initial pen and pencil sketches. This led him to obtain a job working as a graphic designer for an online company that developed website banners, logos, and podcast covers for various online businesses. Cason is currently attending ASU, continuing his major in creative writing and graphic design.
Raul Jimenez, co-creator of Chicano Jr., is a writer from Tampico Tamaulipas, Mexico. He is in his early 30's and writes often about Mexico. For the parents interested in Mexican culture, you can find his book on Mexican Slang "Mexislang" (=18) on Amazon or Audible, as well as "The Gringo Guide to Moving to Mexico," a guide with all the necessary information for living in Mexico.
Heidi is grateful to devote most of her life to mothering five energetic children. After marrying her wonderful husband, Garry, she graduated from Brigham Young University, where she studied and worked in the health science field. Heidi accompanies a women's singing group and plays volleyball for fun. She recently summited Pikes Peak, the 14-er closest to her home in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Heidi and Garry also run a non-profit organization called For the Love that supports foster children in their city.