Good morning! It is our pleasure to welcome award-winning journalist and best-selling author Michelle Medlock Adams to the Inspired Prompt. Michelle has written over 80 books with close to 4 million books sold.
Good morning, Michelle.
Can you describe yourself in three words?
Michelle: Energetic. Driven. Loyal. (and if we added a fourth, a little crazy, lol! But, in a good way! I love to have fun and I’m a risk taker so that makes me a little crazy.)
Aren’t we all a little unique? 🙂
Someone offers you a fully-paid writing research trip to any place you desire to go. Where would it be and why?
Michelle: I’d LOVE to go to Ireland because I learned through my Ancestry DNA that I am about half Irish. I’d love to see “my homeland” so to speak. Plus, I hear it’s simply gorgeous. And, I am pretty sure with that lush land and gorgeous scenery, I would be able to hole up in some castle and write amazing stories.
It would be a beautiful place to visit. Last question…
If someone made a movie of your life, what would be the theme song?
Michelle: “You’re an Overcomer” by Mandisa. I taught Zumba to that song, and I love it! It speaks of staying in the fight ‘til the final round. And about not going under because God is holding you right now! That’s pretty much the story of my personal and professional life as a writer.
I’m a cancer survivor. I have been caregiver to my parents who are both in heaven now. I’ve stood by my youngest daughter as she fought through anorexia. I could pretty much wallpaper my entire office with past rejection letters but I just kept pressing on because I knew I was called…more than 80 books and thousands of articles later, I can say to others, “Stay the course! Stand your ground! Keep trying. If God has called you, He will equip you!” God has been faithful, and my greatest tests are my greatest testimonies. Yep, let’s go with “You’re An Overcomer.”
Great choice. And you are certainly an encourager. Thanks so much, Michelle, for dropping by!
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Michelle Medlock Adams is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author, earning top honors from the Associated Press, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Hoosier State Press Association.
Author of over 80 books with close to 4 million books sold, Michelle’s latest children’s book, My First Da of School (Worthy Kids) won the Selah Award for Best Children’s Book in 2018, her fourth Selah for Best Children’s Book since 2012. In fact, in 2014 Michelle’s board book God Knows You not only won the Selah for Best Children’s Book but also won the esteemed Book of the Year honor over all other Selah winners.
In addition, her children’s book, I Will Not Be Afraid (Concordia Publishing House) earned “The Gold” Enduring Light medal for best children’s book in the 2018 Illumination Awards.
Since graduating with a journalism degree from Indiana University, Michelle has written more than 1,500 articles for newspapers, magazines and websites; acted as a stringer for the Associated Press; written for a worldwide ministry; helped pen a New York Times Bestseller; hosted “Joy In Our Town” for the Trinity Broadcasting Network; and served as a blogger for Guideposts. Today, she is President of Platinum Literary Services—a premier full-service literary firm—and she serves as Chairman of the Serious Writer Board of Directors.
When not working on her own assignments, Michelle ghostwrites books for celebrities, politicians, and some of today’s most effective and popular ministers. Michelle is also a much sought-after teacher at writers’ conferences and universities around the nation. In fact, she has served as an adjunct professor three different years at Taylor University, teaching “Writing for Children.”
Michelle is married to her high school sweetheart, Jeff, and they have two daughters, Abby and Allyson, two sons-in-law, one grandson and another grandbaby on the way. She and Jeff share their home in Southern Indiana with a miniature dachshund, a rescue Shepherd/Collie mix, and two cats. When not writing or teaching writing, Michelle enjoys bass fishing and cheering on the Indiana University Basketball team, the Chicago Cubbies, and the LA Kings.