About Me

Unofficially…

My parents say I started reading at age two. In school, I used to read books under my desk and dream that someday someone would be reading my book under a desk–okay, maybe you shouldn’t actually do that. Although I guess it turned out okay since I was valedictorian of my high school…

After earning an English degree at Baylor University (Sic ’Em, Bears!), I worked as a PR manager for ten years. I met amazing people and promoted a lot of fantastic projects and events before returning to my lifelong dream of writing novels. My debut YA novel, Your Life Has Been Delayed, will be published by Bloomsbury YA in August 2021.

When I’m not writing or hanging out with my amazing husband, son and daughter, I’m probably reading. Or baking (usually something chocolate). Maybe cross-stitching or watching romantic comedies. I also play the violin in a community orchestra, volunteer at my kids’ schools, and sing along to my very eclectic playlist.

Officially…

Michelle I. Mason is the author of Your Life Has Been Delayed, forthcoming from Bloomsbury in August 2021, as well as a second untitled young adult novel in 2022. Michelle spent ten years as a PR manager promoting everything from forklift rodeos to Hotel Olympics before deciding she’d rather focus on made-up stories. When she isn’t writing, she’s probably reading, watching too much TV, cross-stitching, baking amazing brownies, or playing the violin. Michelle lives in St. Louis with her husband, two kids, a dog, and two cats.

Firsts & Favorites

First Kiss: Sorry, I only write about fictional first kisses ☺.

Favorite Book: Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

Favorite Movie: Nope. Can’t choose. I need categories.

First Plane Ride: 10 years old. A tiny plane touring the Grand Canyon. I don’t think they allow those anymore… 🤔

Favorite Holiday: Thanksgiving. Sometimes it’s my birthday!

Favorite City: Paris

First Broken Bone: Foot, 2019. Note to self: Watch for steps.

Favorite TV Show: Buffy the Vampire Slayer–and because I know someone will ask: Angel. Always.

Favorite Dessert: My mom’s chocolate pie

First Job: Babysitting, but if you don’t want to count that: McDonald’s order taker

Favorite Game: Scrabble. Except no one in my family will ever play with me, so… Pinochle.

Favorite Drink: Dr. Pepper

First Blind Date: Prom! Neither of us had dates to our proms, so our best friends set us up. End of story.

Favorite Musical: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Favorite Artist: Renoir

First Car: 1988 Acura Legend, earned in a deal made with my parents freshman year that they’d buy me a car if I earned valedictorian. They never said it would be new ☺.

Photo by Greg Mason