Interview with author Michelle Lindo-Rice

Today, I’m interviewing Michelle Lindo-Rice, author of Christian fiction books Sing a New Song and Walk a Straight Line.MISH 2

Me: Hi, Michelle. I’m really looking forward to learning more about you and your books. Firstly, can you tell me a little about yourself and your family?

Michelle: Hi, Alison. I am originally from Jamaica, West Indies. I migrated to New York when I was 11 years old and I lived there for most of my life. I migrated to Florida and have lived here ever since. My family is crazy and close-knit—it seems to go hand in hand—but I wouldn’t trade any of them. They were the reason I moved to Florida. We all seem to follow each other eventually. When I am not writing, I’m a full-time educator and a single mother of two teenage sons. So, yes, I am a chauffeur as well.

Me: A woman of many talents! So, how did you get into writing?

Michelle: It’s going to sound dramatic, but I think I was born to write. I love writing songs and I loved, loved, loved to read. Now that I’m a little older and wiser, I can give all the credit to the Holy Spirit for leading and directing my path. Writing is a passion and I’m glad for the opportunity to share my gift with others.

Me: How wonderful! There are several aspiring authors who follow my blog. Can you tell us, what is the best thing about being an author?

Michelle: Hands down it is the interaction with readers. Having someone really care about the characters and be invested in what happens to them is priceless. I get to entertain but uplift others at the same time.

Me: What about on the flip-side? What is the most difficult thing about being an author?

Michelle: Time management. Juggling all the different facets of my life to make sure nothing is neglected for too long. Sometimes, I disappear in my own world, in my ‘bubble’, my ‘haze’, and when I come to, there is laundry and dirty dishes piled up… how did that happen??

Me: Haha, I’m sure most authors could relate to that struggle 🙂 You have just published a brand new novel, Walk a Straight Line. Can you give us a summary?

Michelle: Walk a Straight Line is a tale of 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.

Me: It sounds full of drama. I’m curious to know how it ends. What kind of readers do you think would enjoy your books?

Michelle: I think readers who love strong characters and intriguing plots will love my writing. I think there is something there for everyone. It’s clean and engaging.

Me: Now, a couple of more personal questions. If you had $5 to spend on only yourself, what would you buy?

Michelle: I would buy a book.

Me: I should have guessed that based on your earlier answer 🙂 Finally, a common question I ask in my author interviews (maybe I’ll put together a book of these quotes some day), what advice would you give to your teenage self?

Michelle: I would tell my teenage self to lighten up and enjoy life. I was way too serious as a teen. Now, I can laugh at myself, though I admit, I’m corny 🙂

Me: Thanks so much for sharing with us today, Michelle.

Michelle: Thanks, Alison.  I truly enjoyed your questions. Blessings to you and I thank you for the opportunity.

Author bio:

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 an educator and is the proud mother of two teenage sons.

Her published books are:

Sing a New Song – as featured in Black Expressions Book Club

If you found out you were dying, would you suddenly confess all your past sins? Sing a New Song official cover

When former chart-topper Tiffany Knightly learns that she’s dying from cancer, she leaves behind her plush California lifestyle to return to Hempstead, New York, with Karlie, her reluctant teenaged daughter. Her fans think she has simply gone home to die, but Tiffany has another mission. She desperately wishes she could leave her past in the past, but in order to secure her daughter’s future, she must tear open past wounds.
Life wasn’t always easy for Tiffany. With a stepfather who abused her and a mother who didn’t believe her, she acted out by becoming promiscuous. Fifteen years later, she’s back to reveal to her ex-husband that he might not be Karlie’s biological father. In fact, there are four men who could have fathered Karlie – four that she’s willing to acknowledge, anyway.
As Tiffany reveals her truth and searches for Karlie’s father, she reconnects with old friends and old lovers. Some reunions are happy, but some innocent lives are torn apart, leaving Tiffany to wonder if she’s doing the right thing. Through it all, she will have to learn to rely on the healing power of God’s unfathomable love.

Purchase Sing a New Song on Amazon – click here

Walk a Straight Line

Two friends. Two brothers. Two weddings. Too many secrets.            WALK-A-STRAIGHT-LINE-COVER

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?

Purchase Walk a Straight Line on Amazon – click here

Join Michelle’s mailing list, or read a sample chapter for her books, at http://www.michellelindorice.com

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