Michelle was born and raised in a country town in Australia. She taught History at an all-girls school in Brisbane, before moving to England a decade ago to take up the thoroughly modern job of designing new schools. Michelle still loves anything old, and has compulsively collected ‘junk’, as her bemused family call it, since she was a girl. Her flat in London is crammed with fluffy 1950s ball gowns, daintily painted tea sets, and well-worn children’s toys. The stories she imagines behind each of her vintage treasures ultimately inspired her to fulfil a long-held ambition to write novels with an historic twist for young adults.
Michelle is currently working on her first novel, about a girl living in London who struggles to maintain a normal teenage life whilst coping with a synaesthesia-like condition that is triggered by old objects.