I am a children’s author, biomedical engineer, scientist, mom, and member of SCBWI. My short story, “Magnolia Fall,” is published in the 14th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition Collection. Contact me at michelle (at) michellekarene (dot) com.
In June of 2013, I discovered the joy of writing stories. A book lover at heart, I had always enjoyed curling up with a good novel and getting lost in another world where I could cheer for the hero, cry for a lost true love, or believe that I was a princess. I loved imagining that I could travel through time or that I could defy the impossible.
I was a reader, not a writer! (Or, at least, not a fiction writer). As a biomedical engineer and scientist, I wrote and edited technical manuals and scientific papers. I wrote about what I could see moving through the microscope lens and not about what I could see swirling in my imagination. However, on June 3, I attempted to put those jumbled, whimsical thoughts into words. Watching my thoughts transform into stories sparked a new love within me. I have since been unable to rest my typing fingers.
A Tennessee native, I spent my youth swimming, biking, running, climbing, and venturing to the unknown spaces of my neighborhood with my two brothers and sister. In middle school, I discovered track and the exhilaration of jumping (and falling). I competed in high jump throughout high school and college.
After graduating, summa cum laude, with a degree in Engineering Science & Mechanics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, I retired my jumping feet. Always intrigued with both medicine and how things worked, I began a career as a scientist. I completed my doctorate in Biomedical Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. My research has been presented at scientific conferences and symposiums both nationally and internationally. I have fifteen articles published in various scientific journals. Today, I currently work for a biotechnology company helping to develop new products to enhance scientific research capabilities.
My heart, however, resides at home in North Carolina with my husband and three daughters. Their joyful and compassionate spirits inspire me daily with new thoughts and ideas for my next writing adventure.
I am blessed to share these thoughts and inspirations with you.
Contact me at michelle (at) michellekarene (dot) com.
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