Friday, October 18, 2013

How I Became a Published Author with Urban Books

My Testimony
I have always written songs and stories, but my journey towards becoming a published Christian fiction writer took time. I accepted Christ in my life at sixteen years old, but as a teacher, and mother of two teenaged sons, I had learned how to compartmentalize my life. Though I preached, sang with the praise and worship team, taught and expounded on God’s word, I viewed my writing as ‘my’ thing. It was my pleasurable past time, but God had other plans. He saw a different purpose for my secret passion!
It took twelve years and a lot of trials and errors, before I blossomed spiritually and I truly realized that God needed to lead and preside over every area of my life. God needed my hands and my creativity to bring Him glory and to be a tool for his ministry.  I attended my first ever writer’s retreat, the Faith and Fiction retreat in July 2011 where following much fasting and prayer, I pitched Sing a New Song. God granted me favor, as I was the sole recipient of a two-book deal with Urban Books for that year.
I have earned several degrees in Education, and currently work as a reading specialist for special education students, which is really rewarding. But using my talents for God has been priceless. His Word has been a light unto my feet and a lamp unto my path. Where He leads me, I will follow.
Now, I'm pleased to introduce you to my second novel, Walk A Straight Line, coming out Dec. 31st, 2013

 Walk A Straight Line (December 31, 2013) 

Two friends. Two brothers. Two weddings. Too many secrets.           
Colleen MacGregor rededicated her life to God when she met and married Terence Hayworth. However, her happily-ever-after will have to wait, because she has some serious dragons to slay to sustain her marriage and keep her friendship with Gina Price intact. After fifteen years of friendship, Colleen must now draw the line and stop telling Gina everything.
          What did God do to her friend? Gina finds it hard to deal with Colleen’s newfound faith. She thinks Colleen has become self-righteous, subjecting Gina to her holy tirades whenever the mood strikes. When Gina begins dating one brother, while simultaneously falling in love with another, boy, does she get an earful! Gina, however, is way too busy trying to sort her way through her own murky feelings to worry about her soul. Her heart wants what it wants.
          Michelle Lindo-Rice explores the complicated world of female friendships. Can a friendship survive when one friend becomes saved?
About Me

Originally from Jamaica West Indies, Michelle Lindo-Rice calls herself a lifelong learner. She has earned degrees from New York University, SUNY at Stony Brook, and Teachers College, Columbia University. When she moved to Florida, she enrolled in Argosy University where she completed her Education Specialist degree in Education Leadership. A pastor’s kid, Michelle upholds the faith, preaching, teaching and ministering through praise and worship. From a young teen, Michelle discovered a passion for reading and writing and feels blessed to  use her talents to bring God glory. Michelle currently works as a Reading Specialist for exceptional student learners, and is the proud mother of two teenaged sons.