Michelle Jester lives in Greenwell Springs, Louisiana with her husband, high school sweetheart and retired Army Master Sergeant. Together they have a son and daughter.
She is a hopeless romantic and has been writing poems and stories for as long as she can remember. One of her prize possessions is a bracelet with only a yellow, Rubber Duckie charm on it; which she wears every day to remind her to enjoy the fun and happy things of life!
Describe your desk
Years ago, I was passing through a local antique village when I saw the desk sitting close to the road outside of a little shop. It was leaning to one side, nearly falling apart and I immediately fell in love with it! I knew my husband could restore it properly, so I turned around to purchase it. When I went pay the store owner, she said nobody wanted "that old thing" and she was putting it by the road to be picked up for the dump. I gave her a hundred dollars for it and asked that she please hold it for me until i could return with a truck that afternoon. My husband did restore it and today it is a beautiful, antique, mahogany executive desk. I’ll keep it for my lifetime!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
When I first sent query letters I told myself I didn't really need to publish. I have been writing for myself for many years without the intent to publish, so I felt there was no loss if no one showed any interest. Writing is simply a love of mine and also, along with photography, a creative outlet. However, after I started getting interest, it built my excitement. Unfortunately, one publisher suggested that I take out some of the "God content", another asked if I could eliminate some of the "intense subject matter". I truly felt without those two elements I wouldn't have a book. One day, my husband said, “The best chance your book has, is to be what it is.” I knew he was right, I wouldn't have been happy with the book if it were no longer the one I wrote. So, I took a leap of faith a little over year ago on June 19, 2016, and started the journey to self-publish my first novel, The Funeral Flower. I am incredibly happy I did!