Michelle Isenhoff

Meet Michelle

Hello! I’m Michelle. You’ve found the tiny corner of the web where I feature books–the many titles I’ve reviewed as well as the ones I write.

I’m a former elementary teacher, former homeschool mom of three adult kids, and lifelong writer. In 2010, I teamed up with editor extraordinaire Amy Nemecek (Baker Publishing Group) and self-published my first children’s title. After writing seven more, I forayed into the adult market with a Civil War trilogy followed by a 5-book sci-fi series. Currently, I’m writing a historical saga set in the 1920’s, though family dynamics and the upheaval caused by Covid policies (yes, even years later) has upended my efforts several times. But enough of formalities; here’s the fun version of my bio:

MICHELLE ISENHOFF writes for tweens, teens, and kids as old as 93. When she isn’t writing imaginary adventures, she’s probably off on a real one. She loves roller coasters, big dogs, high school football games, swimming in waves, strolling through old graveyards, and wearing flip-flops all winter.  Once a distance runner, she swapped her trainers for a mountain bike and clocks over 1000 miles every summer. She now writes full time and feels like she’s on perpetual summer holiday.

I’m also a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. As such, I’ll never include profanity or objectionable content in books meant for children. Works intended for older readers are written with conscionable restraint. My fiction is non-religious, though I have written some religious plays and short stories under my nickname/pen name Shell Isenhoff.

In a genre dominated by traditional publishers, I’m thrilled to have received the following accolades:

  • Reader-nominated for a 2018 Cybils Award (Recompense)
  • Awarded Readers’ Favorite Five Star Seal, 2017 (Blood of Pioneers)
  • Awarded Readers’ Favorite Five Star Seal, 2016 (Song of the Mountain)
  • Reader-nominated for a 2016 Cybils Award (Blood Moon)
  • Awarded Readers’ Favorite Five Star Seal, 2016 (The Quill Pen)
  • Awarded Readers’ Favorite Five Star Seal, 2016 (The Candle Star)
  • Finalist for the 2015 Wishing Shelf Independent Book Award (Taylor Davis and the Flame of Findul)
  • Reader-nominated for a 2013 Cybils Award (Song of the Mountain)
  • Semi-finalist in the Kindle Book Review 2013 Book Awards (Song of the Mountain)
  • Librarian-nominated for the 2012 Great Michigan Read (Divided Decade Collection)
  • Teacher-nominated for the 2012 Maine Student Book Award (The Color of Freedom)

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