In 1992, Michelle opened her own photography company in Virginia where she lived with her husband and son. A little over five years later, after selling her company name to Lifetime Movie Network and acquiring her second counseling certification, her and her husband returned to Louisiana to be near both of their families.
Early in her marketing and advertising career, and with no experience in publishing, she was handpicked to work under a major publisher in the Baton Rouge and New Orleans areas. To this day she accredits that publisher for her start in the field and considers it one of her most enriching career moves. Michelle went on to work with Clear Channel Communications (iHeart Radio) in the Baton Rouge Market which helped her better understand the non-printed aspect of marketing and advertising. After moving on from Clear Channel she opened her own public relations and advertising firm while she attended classes for Graphic Design and Paralegal Studies.
Over the years Michelle has devoted many hours toward nonprofit work and in 2007 received the Louisiana Distinguished Civilian Service Medal for her dedication. In addition, she has won several national awards for her photography.
Michelle runs several personal & professional blogsand newsletters. She is the author of novels that fall into the coming of age, new adult, contemporary romance, social issues, and women’s Lit categories. Michelle’s titles includeThe Funeral Flower, Love, Cutter,and Two Thousand Lines. She is also releasing a series of children's books,Hollows on the Bayou. One of those books, Grasshopper Eye and the Lost Vial is featured in one of her novels. Michelle launched Rope Swing Publishing in early 2018 and Modern Grace Magazine, a Louisiana Lifestyle magazine focused on positivity and uplifting content. The magazine has over forty regular contributors and an extended reach of over 265,000.