Child of God. Single Mother. Author.
Michelle Lindo-Rice is an award winning, bestselling author who enjoys crafting fiction centered about the four "F" words: Faith, Friendship, Family and Forgiveness. Her debut novel, Sing A New Song was a Black Expressions Bestseller and Editor's Choice Feature Selection. She is the 2015 winner of the Black Writers And Book Clubs Rocks Female Author of the Year Award.
My Steps Are Ordered, the second book in the "On the Right Path" series made the AALBC bestseller lists on May/June 2014 and August/September 2014. My Steps Are Ordered was also #1 in UBAWA's 2014 Top 100 list. The Fall of the Prodigal made Black Christian Reads National Bestsellers Fiction Top Ten List several times in 2015.
Michelle was honored to a nominee for Christian Fiction Author of the Year with AAMBC Book Club in 2014 and with Building Relationships Around Books (BRAB) Bookclub. Her "Able to Love" Series was nominated for Swirl Awards in the areas of best Interracial Series and Best Cover in 2015. Silent Praise was also selected as a USA Today Must-Read HEA romance in April 2015. Michelle was also a proud nominee in 2016 for an AALS Christian Fiction Award for Tell Me Lies.
Originally from Jamaica West Indies, she sees herself as a lifelong learner. She has earned degrees from New York University, SUNY at Stony Brook, Teachers College Columbia University and Argosy University. A pastor’s kid, Michelle uphold the faith, preaching, teaching, and ministering through praise and worship.
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 an educator and mother of two, 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 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 showed 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 have worked with diverse students of all ages, 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.
I would like to leave with a few verses from the King James Version that I hope inspire you, as they have done for me.
Matthew 6:33: “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.”
Psalms 37:4: “Delight thyself also in the Lord and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”
Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
Romans 8:28: “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.”