Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Born to Write by Michele Young-Stone (Our Newest Girlfriend!)

Not “Born to Run”, like Bruce Springsteen, but “Born to Write”

People often ask, “When did you know that you wanted to be a writer?”

Answer: “I was Born to Write. As soon as I learned the alphabet, I was writing stories.” I’d sit alone in my dad’s smoky den, making up fairytale stories, imagining myself part of this other shinier world.

I was a fat kid with bushy hair and buckteeth. I was always apologizing and worried about what everyone else thought. I was klutzy, having trouble walking ten feet without falling down. (

I now see this same trait in my own son, but at least he can run fast. I could never do that either.)

I’m all grown up now. Hallelujah! But that little fat kid who sat alone and wrote princess stories is still a part of me. She always will be. I invent worlds, and I’m still prone to favor happy endings.

Most recently, I signed a two-book deal with Simon and Schuster, and my debut novel, The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors, was chosen as a Target Book Club/Emerging Author pick for the summer.

I always “believed” that I would be published, but with every rejection (and there were thousands), I questioned my talent. The one thing that kept me going was (and is) I WAS BORN TO IT. There was something in me—for as long as I can remember—that compelled me to put stories to paper, and there was a desire and need to share those stories. “Can I read you something?” This was and still is something I say/ask on a pretty regular basis.

I’m amazed every day that I get paid to do what I love. I get to share my stories with the world. My book has an actual Library of Congress ISBN #. It totally blows my mind. I am humbled and grateful. A day never passes where I don’t think, “Wow! My dream came true.” Thanks for reading!!!!!!!

Publisher’s Weekly named The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors as one of the top ten debuts of 2010.

Young-Stone has written an exceptionally rich and sure-handed debut, full of complex characters, brilliantly described. . . . Her style certainly has an electric immediacy." The Boston Globe

Visit Michele at http://micheleyoung-stone.com


  1. Hi Michele, glad you're here! Your book sounds great--can't wait to read it.

  2. Welcome Michele--this is wonderful news about your new book and your deal! I've always been the kind of person who has to thrash around a while before I find what I'm supposed to be doing. So envious of your clarity:). Wish you all the best!

  3. Michele's book is fabulous! I just recommended it to the woman who coordinates one of the most entertaining book clubs in my area. She LOVED the premise!

  4. Welcome, Michele! So happy you're with us.

  5. A big welcome to you, Michele and continued success with your book!

  6. Thanks, ladies!!!!! I'm thrilled to be here!!!!!!!

  7. So great to have you here, Michele! Your book sounds wonderful; I can't wait to recommend it to my friends.

  8. Welcome, Michele! I think you'll find yourself comfortably surrounded by plenty of fellow Born-To-Writers in this group! :-)

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