Hello there - welcome to my website.
I'm a pre-emerging, author-in-waiting (in other words, my novel is finished but undergoing reconstructive surgery, ie. editing!) 

My novel has been shortlisted for the 2017 Richell Prize for Emerging Authors which is a lovely nod to my writing from people who aren't related and/or don't rely on me for meals. The winner will be announced on 1 November 2017. I can't wait to meet the other four writers on the shortlist and the excellent people who run the prize.
You can follow the lottery that is my 'path to publication' right here on the website, as well as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Be warned, it's a path that could lead to the heights of book deal heaven, or straight to the virtual $1.99 bin of the Kindle book barn. Let's see shall we? Either way, it'll be fun (except when I'm crying into my cappuccino) and possibly educational for other would-be authors.
Make yourself a tea and have a browse through my site.
So far, you'll find a bit about me and a précis of my novel-in-waiting. On my blog, you'll not only get updates on where I'm up to with the novel, but also useful info on writing, links to excellent podcasts & articles and much more.


A little more detail . . .

Michelle Barraclough is a bookish sort of woman juggling life as a business owner, marketing consultant & mother who only recently figured out she should have been a writer all along.

She began her Arts degree with a major in literature, however an impassioned young man at a New Year's party in 1987 talked her into doing a business degree. Because she's easily persuaded and a Libran who finds it impossible to make decisions easily, she did both!

However, her devotion to reading and writing has remained strong.

For four years she wrote a blog Bumparella which followed her journey through the weird science of IVF and her subsequent pregnancy, as well as the comedic-tragic-dramatic performance of being a parent & partner.

Michelle is currently editing her first novel As I Am with the help of her clever mentoring lady friend Meredith Jaffé.

You can follow Michelle's Path to Publication right here on her website, as well as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Michelle and her husband John live on Sydney's northern beaches with two children under their roof and three grown-up ones nearby.

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