Michelle lives in North Royalton, Ohio, just about half an hour from Lake Erie and Cleveland. She graduated from Northwestern College, Iowa, with a BA in theater/English, and from Regent University, Virginia, with an MA in communication (film/writing). She has over 40 short stories and poems to her credit in fan fiction -- Star Trek, Highlander, the Phoenix, Beauty & the Beast, Stingray, among others. Her first professional sale was also a first-place win in the Writers of the Future Contest, with the short story "Relay."
Michelle has written a number of series set in two different "Universes". To make it easier for you I have detailed the two universes that we sell below. There is the "Commonwealth" Universe which has most of her books and "The Hunt". Michelle has also written other books, some of which will be coming out at Writers Exchange in 2011.
"The Hunt" Universe
Who are the Hunt? Children sent from an endangered world in another universe/dimension of reality, to protect them from a despot who wants to command their Talents. Given into the keeping of the Hounds of Hamin, the members of the Hunt have been separated by time as well as distance. They know each other by the scars -- rows of teeth marks -- on their wrists. Some have been in our world for decades, others have only been here for a few years. They have to find each other -- and soon, before more enemies show up to destroy them -- and find a way back home to save their world.
The Hunt books to date are:
The "Commonwealth" Universe
Almost all of Michelle's Science Fiction Novels are set in the Commonwealth Universe. To help us all keep track of the underlying story of the universe, and where the stories come in, Michelle has made this synopsis of her universe for us....
Pre-History: The Downfall
Before the Commonwealth existed, there was an expanding, multi-galaxy civilization, referred to by its descendants/survivors simply as "First Civ" or "First Civilization". Due to the combined effects of a too-aggressive policy of expansion, civil unrest, the inequality and abuse of the classes, and the categorizing of augmented humans (genetic engineering run amok) as non-humans (and therefore a slave class), First Civ disintegrated. Or as the more blunt historians prefer to say, it self-destructed.
The period of darkness and barbarism that followed is referred to as the Downfall. Various groups of people fled First Civ, as they became endangered or more powerful people tried to have them classified as mutants or non-humans, and either sterilized or made into slaves. Among them were the Khybors, the ancestors of the Leapers.
Some groups of people managed to get hold of ships and flee to distant galaxies. Using sleeper ships, they could spend centuries in travel and no one would age. This caused problems later, when different waves of refugees landed on the same planet, and the newcomers came into conflict with those who had been there for centuries.
Books planned for this section of the timeline:
Khrystal Series/Birth of the Khybors:
Fang and Claw
The Diaspora/The Colonies:
Null and Void/Lost Souls
The Saddle and the Sleuth
The Pirate and the Professor
The planet Vidan, presumed to be the center of First Civ's government, degraded into a world filled with petty city-states, and battles fought with gunpowder and swords. Tales of traveling to the stars were considered fairy tales within only two generations of the onslaught of the Downfall. Colony worlds were abandoned to starve or die of mutated diseases. The genetically manipulated inhabitants abandoned there by their creators/masters were left to create their own way of life.
From the chaos on Vidan, a holy scholar named Kilvordi discovered the legacy of their ancestor's arrogance lived on. He and others he gathered around him were the Undying -- able to regenerate at an incredible speed. Long-lived, seemingly young forever, and impervious to all but the most devastating diseases -- only drastic injuries could kill them, such as corrosive poisons, bombs, or extensive dismemberment.
Kilvordi and his followers put their legacy to good use, taking great risks and devoting lifetimes to regain the lost knowledge and technology of First Civ. The Church supported his efforts and established the Order of Kilvordi -- known more simply as the Order. The members of the Order kept their gift a secret and spared no effort to find others like them. They sponsored and protected various groups in the newly emerging Commonwealth, when the fears of mutation appeared in the first few generations of starflight. When Spacers first appeared, the fear of mutations threatened their lives. The Order protected the Spacers and made it possible for them to explore their gifts without being either turned into a slave class or wiped out entirely.
Books planned for this section of the timeline:
Lin of Sunsinger
Phoenix Under Glass
Within a century, Vidan was again reaching out to the stars -- sadder and wiser, and cautious, unwilling to repeat the mistakes of the ancestors. The Commonwealth was born, reaching out to lost colonies and establishing new ones, rediscovering lost technology and how to navigate the starways. Many of the lost colonies had not only survived but thrived -- and they remembered their abandonment and the harsh generations of the Downfall. They refused to join the Commonwealth, and instead formed their own confederacy known as the Conclave. These independent planets and star systems formed a profit-based alliance where smugglers and robber barons and petty chieftains flourished.
The Commonwealth is a representational government, headed by the Commonwealth Council, which convenes on the asteroid-based complex, Centralis. The Commonwealth Upper University is also located on Centralis, and serves as the final word in scientific, medical, historical and legal matters.
The Commonwealth is protected and served by two military arms: the Fleet, which provides general transportation services, colonial support and emergency aid, as well as protection against rebels and invaders; and the Rangers, who specialize in planetary survey, pre-colonization analysis, military emergencies, disaster relief and more aggressive action against enemies of the Commonwealth in general.
Early in the fourth century of space flight, the Scout Corps formed, aided by the Spacers and Leapers, to provide faster aid to colonies on the edge of civilization. They have full authority to act as police force, judge and jury. Aided by the Order, they are the explorers and special forces unit of the Commonwealth.
2. Spacer's Creed
3. Dead World
4. The Lady and the Order
7. Leap Ships
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The Hunt Book 5: The Gathering
The storms are increasing.
The Hounds are on the move.
Gahlmorag approaches Earth.
The time has come for the Hunt to reunite--and return home.
Commonwealth Universe: Modern Era: Companion Story: Virtually Dead
For six hundred years, the Khybor scientists on Ayvystal slept, through the destruction of their civilization. Now the new civilization built on the ruins above them threatens their existence.
Caspya is their Sentinel, their guardian. She must make contact with the living, waking world above them, find allies, and recover their life tubes...
Future Magic Novella 2: North to the Sun, South to the Moon
Maia grew up in the Downbelow, a Borer, born to a life of labor so the arrogant Stocrats could live in luxury in the Above. She made friends with a Metalman, who taught her things that the people in the World had forgotten. But even those marvels paled in comparison to what she discovered when she entered the Virtual world and learned the danger that threatened them all.
The Hunt Book 4: Finders, Keepers
Iris Davenport hated the memories that came with world-shaking thunderstorms -- because she didn't want to remember she was a member of the Hunt. She was perfectly happy with her adopted parents, helping run the lodge on Smokeytop Mountain, exploring the mountainside, and doing search-and-rescue. The last thing she wanted was to face one of the Hunt and be reminded of the vows her parents had made
Commonwealth Universe: Modern Era: True Caderi
When her safe home on an agricultural planet is threatened by her enemy, Qinda and her husband know the only way to keep them all alive and safe is to split up, and hope to reach the Commonwealth where they can request sanctuary. But along the way, someone even more powerful finds Qinda's trail, and he has the law on his side when he takes her prisoner...
Commonwealth Universe: History: The Downfall: The Colonies: The Moonbirds
K'reeth and her sister, K'rin, were named for the moonbirds -- sister raptor birds who shared parenting duties, one the nurturer, the other the hunter and defender. Orphaned by catastrophe and adopted by the High Mistrada of the T'bredi scholars, they were teachers, entrusted with all the gathered wisdom of the Ayanlak.
Future Magic Novella 1: Seven Swanns
Struck mute by an alien plague that has killed most of her colony and mutated her seven brothers into swanns, Aileen seeks a cure. She is found by Regis, ruler of a colony that regressed into a feudal state generations ago.
The Hunt Book 3: Butterfly
Beth considers herself a geek, one of the invisible and awkward in her school, too smart for her own good, part of the Gifted and Talented program. During a summer internship at a government weather station, she notices strange weather patterns. The storms remind her of the ones when she was brought to Earth by the Hounds of Hamin.
The Hunt Book 1: Dawn Memories
Dawn has been alone for six years, growing up in an orphanage, waiting for her family to show up. Waiting for Stayn, her betrothed, her best friend. But a crime boss who thinks Dawn has information stolen from him might just stop her quest before it has a chance to start.
Commonwealth Universe: Prehistory: The Downfall: The Colonies: The Saddle and the Sleuth
On a remote colony world, the daughter of the Talon, the defender of the people, takes over her father's mask and identity. At the same time, an investigator comes to the colony in search of the Set'ri, to stop them from hastening the disintegration of the galactic civilization.
Can the two work together for the sake of the future, or will their necessary deceptions push them apart forever?
Commonwealth Universe: PreHistory: The Downfall: The Colonies: Wind Walker
Refugees from the Downfall Wars, separated by centuries of spaceflight, clash on a far distant world. Caught between them are Tayree -- native, Wind Walker, visionary, and a recent widow -- and Arin, a foundling raised by the invading Colonists.
Tayree's visions send her to find Arin, stolen from her tribe when he was an infant...
Commonwealth Universe: Modern Era: The Hoveni: Hoven Quest
Legend says the planet Gemar once belonged to the Hoveni, a race of shapeshifters. Hoveni and Humans lived together in peace until the Set'ri decided to exterminate anything that didn't meet their definition of what a Human should be.
Centuries later, descendants of the Set'ri throughout the Commonwealth still hunt the Hoven race.
Commonwealth Universe: Modern Era: The Hoveni: The Meruk Episodes VI - X
Meruk's quest to find other Hoveni continues as he heads out into the desert, following clues and legends of hiding places deep under the shifting sands. Meruk's quest to find other Hoveni continues as he heads out into the desert, following clues and legends of hiding places deep under the shifting sands.
The Hunt Book 2: Quartet
Cinden Lai is a firstborn, a member of the Hunt. She found sanctuary with a reclusive old woman when the Hounds of Hamin brought her to Earth, but now her dreams and the increasing storms make her think it is time to leave her safe haven and seek out members of the Hunt.
Commonwealth Universe: Modern Era: Sunsinger Chronicles Book 8: Aramar
A colony world lost during the Downfall, Aramar is in a strategic spot between the Commonwealth and Conclave. Both galactic civilizations want Aramar to join them.
Trouble is brewing, and the crew of "Sunsinger" is asked by the Commonwealth Council to go to Aramar and assist the Commonwealth's ambassadors. And help them escape if the trouble erupts into civil war.
Commonwealth Universe: Modern Era: Sunsinger Chronicles Book 7: Leap Ships
Commonwealth history says part of the reason for the Downfall was because some people were classed as mutants and made into slaves, and the slaves eventually rebelled.
Bain and Lin go on an exploring mission and meet Leapers - descendants of people who escaped from the abuse and slavery of First Civ.
Commonwealth Universe: Modern Era: Sunsinger Chronicles Book 5: Fever
Sunsinger's crew joins the Rangers on a mission of mercy where time is the enemy -- along with a plague created by the alien Mashrami. Bain and Lin help to deliver medicine to hopefully prevent and cure the plague. When they come to a planet where the colonists are uncooperative, they start to unearth secrets better left buried.
Commonwealth Universe: Modern Era: Sunsinger Chronicles Book 4: The Lady and the Order
Bain and Lin meet up with Sister High Scholar Marnya, a member of the Order of Kilvordi - the Church scholars and scientists who brought civilization back from the destruction of the Downfall and took Humans back into space. Marnya needs their help on a very important mission: She needs to travel in disguise, to see if the conditions on the colony worlds match the reports that she receives.
Commonwealth Universe: Modern Era: Sunsinger Chronicles Book 1: Sunsinger
Bain Kern wanted to crew a starship and explore the galaxies. But an orphan on a colony world in the path of an alien invasion had no real hope of his dreams ever coming true.
Then he met Captain Lin Fieran of "Sunsinger".
The other orphans stepped aboard to flee to safety, but Bain started on the adventure for the rest of his life.
Commonwealth Universe: Modern Era: Sunsinger Chronicles Book 2: Spacer's Creed
Bain's prayers were answered: Captain Lin Fieran wanted him to stay on Sunsinger and be her crew for another evacuation trip to Lenga. When they got there, everyone had already been evacuated, so they went to the next world in the path of the Mashrami invasion.
That's when things got complicated by pirates and by people who didn't want to leave their homes.
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