Born and raised in South Africa, Michelle received a B.A. at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein. She has lived in London, New York, and the Midwest and holds an MFA in Fiction Writing from Columbia College Chicago. She is currently a doctoral candidate in creative writing at Ohio University. Her writing has appeared in LitHub, The Copperfield Review, Arcturus, and others. Her first novel, The Monster’s Daughter,  published by Melville House and Audible, is an American Booksellers Association Debut Voices pick, and was awarded a 2016 FAW literary prize.