Originally from Jamaica West Indies, author Michelle Lindo-Rice calls herself a lifelong learner. She has earned degrees from New York University, SUNY at Stony Brook, and Teachers College, Columbia University. When she moved to Florida, she enrolled in Argosy University where she completed her Education Specialist degree in Education Leadership. A pastor’s kid, Michelle upholds the faith, preaching, teaching and ministering through praise and worship. Michelle currently works as a Reading Specialist for exceptional student learners, and is the proud mother of two teenage sons. www.michellelindorice.com Her published works include, Sing a New Song (Feb. 2013); Walk a Straight Line (Jan. 2014); My Steps are Ordered (Aug. 2014)
Walk A Straight Line (January 2014)
Two friends. Two brothers. Two weddings. Too many secrets.
Colleen MacGregor rededicated her life to God when she met and married Terence Hayworth. However, her happily-ever-after will have to wait, because she has some serious dragons to slay to sustain her marriage and keep her friendship with Gina Price intact. After fifteen years of friendship, Colleen must now draw the line and stop telling Gina everything.
What did God do to her friend? Gina finds it hard to deal with Colleen’s new found faith. She thinks Colleen has become self-righteous, subjecting Gina to her holy tirades whenever the mood strikes. When Gina begins dating one brother, while simultaneously falling in love with another, boy, does she get an earful! Gina, however, is way too busy trying to sort her way through her own murky feelings to worry about her soul. Her heart wants what it wants.
Michelle Lindo-Rice explores the complicated world of female friendships. Can a friendship survive when one friend becomes saved?
1. Please tell us how you got started writing novels.
I read voraciously as a teen, and then I started writing songs, as I also love to sing. It was about twelve years ago, when I penned and self-published my first novel—a secular fiction entitled Keep the Knot Tight. I knew nothing about writing, and even less about editing, but I loved telling stories. I’d written short skits for church, so that was my first foray into writing, and then I gathered the courage to write novels. Once I began writing, I realized I was blessed to write characters that people loved, or loved to hate. I would have four novels written the best way I knew how, faced rejections, until God opened the door for me at the Faith & Fiction Retreat.
2. Why did you choose to write Christian fiction?
My first venture into writing wasn’t with Christian fiction, but I grew up in church and I have a strong spiritual faith. It took me years to realize that God had given me that gift, not for my own pleasure, but to use it to bring Him glory. It was a journey of self-discovery and building my relationship with Christ that I realized I was given the talent to draw others to Him. So, in other words, Christian fiction chose me, and it’s the best fit.
3. What message(s) would you like your readers to take away after having read your books?
I would like to introduce readers to relatable characters who face the same struggles they do, but they get through it because of Christ. They face real-life situations and are flawed, but they serve a perfect God. I would like readers to be drawn to read the Word of God and to improve their spiritual lives while being entertained. I hope readers will meet a God who is full of mercy, love, and compassion, and who forgives us of our sins. I would like them to see serving God is about having an abundant life filled with hope.
4. How do you come up with the title(s) for your book(s)? The titles of my books so far have been based on the central theme or issue in the book. With Walk a Straight Line, the title came from the fact that sometimes we are so sure of what we would do if placed in a situation—that is until we are actually in it. So many times we think we would walk a straight line, do the right thing, but life can get murky, and we will cross lines, unless we have God to constrain us.
5. What can readers expect next from you?
Walk a Straight Line is the first installment in what I call the “On the Right Path” series. Therefore, I’m currently working on the sequel, My Steps are Ordered, slated for release August 2014.
6. What final thoughts or words of inspiration would you like to share with readers?
I would like to leave a word of inspiration. Follow your heart and pursue your dreams, but make sure God is guiding you. Always know that He cares and that you can cast every single care upon Him because He’s strong enough to bear it. As I’ve now been added to the Urban Christian line, you can do the same by developing your craft, finding the right mentor/editor who will help you improve.
7. How do readers contact/connect with Michelle Lindo-Rice?
Readers can connect with me on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, or on my blog michellelindorice.blogspot.com. They can also reach me through my webpage at www.michellelindorice.com I love hearing from you!