Born in Manchester, New Hampshire, Michelle grew up in Chester, with 14 acres of land to explore. Though material goods were sometimes in short supply, Michelle always felt loved, supported and secure with her parents. Michelle’s mom was always involved in her and her sister’s lives as she was and still is an accountant who works out of the house. Though now retired, Michelle’s dad worked his way up the ranks at a nearby county jail from correctional officer until he was superintendent.
Growing up in a small elementary school with a class of 43, Michelle had known since kindergarten, was a challenge. As a young teen Michelle felt that she had a hard time finding out who she really was. Girls she had been friends with up until about sixth grade suddenly became different. New children had moved into town and changed the whole schematics of their grade. As Michelle says, “That's when it was decided who was cool and who was not, and I guess I didn't make the ‘cool’ list. I think that's why I teach middle school now, so I can help young teens find their way.” High School was an altogether different experience for Michelle. She had friends in every group: jocks, preppies, druggies, rich kids, and poor kids. “I really don't know how I balanced all my fun going out with friends, boyfriends, working, and making honor roll, but I really liked the person I had become junior and senior years.”
Michelle always wanted to be a teacher and used to set up her dolls and teddy bears as if in a classroom. She gave them tests and corrected them with a red pen.
As a teen, she wrote a lot of poetry and kept a daily diary. Writing always came easy for Michelle. She read Sidney Sheldon’s Master of the Game in 8th grade and she was hooked on the plot twists. It was then she dreamed of writing her own stories.
Life in the Fast Lane (2004) and Another Life in the Fast Lane (2005) are Michelle’s first two books. For her third book Michelle was inspired by her own experiences with ghosts and has tied some of that experience into Angel of Mercy (2007). Michelle wrote another ghost story about her other ghostly encounters as well, Voices from Beyond (2011). Days of Destruction, the third novel in the Fast Lane Series, was recently published in 2013. She is currently working on two other manuscripts as well.
Michelle has been married for 17 years to Rod who works for the Geek Squad. Her daughters are Mariah, 15; Sarah, 14; Hannah, 10; and Rebekah, 8. The McCorkle family currently lives in Hooksett, New Hampshire, where life can be pretty hectic. In addition to being a mother, Michelle teaches 7th grade English, runs a home-based candle business, and graduated from New England College with a Master's of Education in Literacy and Language Arts in 2010. Michelle dreams of more quiet time when she can continue to spin her stories.
Pitch Points for Angel of Mercy
1. Through the main character Abbey, teens learn how to deal with grief over the loss of a parent.
2. Abbey shows how to overcome fear of the unknown and stand up for herself.
3. The growth of Abbey through accepting psychic phenomena and asking questions about her confusion can assist other teens undergoing similar extraordinary experiences.
4. Mrs. McCorkle offers the experience of a guardian angel as an acceptable and wondrous phenomenon, something to joyfully anticipate.
5. Through her perseverance and her grandmother’s guidance, Abbey accomplishes one of her dreams to ride a horse well.
6. Learning about “real love” from a guardian or parent can be confusing for teens. The unfolding of the story demonstrates the discovery, acceptance, and transformation of that love by all the characters in the book.