I’ve been writing for as long as I’ve been able to hold a pencil, although it has taken me a long time to figure out what kind of writing I really wanted to do. The list of different routes has including technical writing, academic stuff, poetry, blogging, and, finally, romantic comedy, which is where I feel at home (at last!).
In a former life, I earned a PhD in English and was on track to become a Professor, but one day, my husband brought home a novel by James Robertson. I held it in my hand and thought “There is no way I’m ever going to become a novelist if I keep doing what I’m doing.” I was splitting my time up between full-time work, our young son, and creative writing. Inevitably, the creative writing suffered. I decided to trade in a perfectly good job for an unsalaried vocation if it meant I might one day be able to call myself a novelist.
In 2012, I published a poetry collection, dear Hermes … and in 2015 my monograph Magazines, Travel, and Middlebrow Culture (co-authored with Faye Hammill) came out. I have been publishing short stories with My Weekly under my pen-name, Michelle Matthews, since 2017. I am currently at work on my first full-length novel (a romantic comedy) and I occasionally blog over at www.michellematthewswriter.com