Hi, I’m Michelle
I’m a journalist and reading enthusiast who helps creative people improve their technical writing skills so they can confidently develop a unique online voice.
When I’m not getting over-excited about Oxford Commas and subordinate clauses, you’ll find me binging true crime podcasts (I’ve also written my own) or with my head stuck in a book.
Come say hello, and find out more about me…
The Unfinished Bookshelf started as a place to discuss my latest reads. This platform gave me confidence as a shy university student, introducing me to so many new people and ideas.
After five years of non-stop action in the frenetic pace of a newsroom, I decided to step back from full-time work. I quit my job in May 2019, and moved with my partner to the UK.
It’s not exactly a gap year though, because I’m studying a Masters and working on starting a writing coaching business.
Remember how I said I loved chatting serial killers? Well, I am hooked on true crime podcasts. So hooked, in fact, that this year I wrote my own. If you were fascinated by Serial or Dirty John, you need to hear this forgotten story of one of Australia’s worst serial killers. Predator is on iTunes and Spotify, and you can read about why I had to write this story here.
That’s not my only podcast though. I get all chatty about books and entertainment with my best friend on our fortnightly literary podcast, Better Words, where we interview talented creative types.
In seven years of blogging and book reviewing, I have regularly worked with publishers and brands such as Allen & Unwin, the Centre for Youth Literature, Pan MacMillan, University of Queensland Press, Bloomsbury, and Text Publishing.
Have a look around The Unfinished Bookshelf and come chat to me on Twitter, Instagram or shoot me an email at email@example.com