When Little Lamb Books began the search in 2016 for authors to add to our roster, we began praying daily that God would lead us to men and women that loved the Lord, understood our goals, believed in our mission, and worked hard to create amazing books for kids of all ages. We were told by more than a few industry colleagues that this task would be difficult, that there just weren’t enough authors creating the types of stories we wanted to produce.
Well, God has proven faithful, and He has brought us many truly phenomenal authors, both veterans and rookies, that are amazingly talented and truly dedicated to bringing stories to life for elementary, middle grade, and young adult readers.
This is especially true of our newest author…who is new to us, but not new to writing, winning awards, or speaking at writer’s conferences around the country. Would you please join me in warmly welcoming the most recent gold medal winner in the Enduring Light Children’s Books category of the 2018 Illumination Awards..Michelle Medlock Adams!
Michelle started her career as a newspaper reporter for a medium-sized daily in Southern Indiana. Then, five years later, she moved to Texas to take a feature writing position for a worldwide ministry magazine. While there, she fell in love with writing for children. Today, Michelle has written and published more than 80 books and is the president of Platinum Literary Services. She also has taught at more than 100 writers conferences and retreats and won over a dozen industry awards for both fiction and non-fiction.
I met Michelle at Write to Publish in Chicago last June. It was a divine appointment, and I’m so blessed by her joy and deep desire to write books that impact children in a positive way for Christ. I invite you to enjoy this interview with Michelle, pick up a
few all of her titles (or as many as you can carry) in bookstores across the country, and get to know more about her by visiting her website or joining her on Facebook or Instagram.
Where do you now call home? Southern Indiana
Tell us a little bit about your family. I am married to my high school sweetheart, Jeff, and we have two grown daughters, Abby and Ally, and two son-in-laws, Micah and Wesley. And, Abby and Micah gave us our first grandbaby this past August, Baby Bear. My parents, Walter and Marion Medlock, are both in heaven.
What are 1-2 things that inspire you? When I work on or near the beach, I am always more inspired. There’s just something about the sound of the ocean that inspires me. Also, spending time with my writing colleagues—the ones I brainstorm with—that always energizes and inspires me.
What are your favorite kids’ books (or authors)? The Secret Garden and pretty much any Dr. Seuss book. I also love Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends and Peanut Butter & Cupcake by Terry Border.
What is your life motto? Progress not perfection is something I always preach and hashtag. But, I also love the saying from Norman Vincent Peal that says, “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”.
You’re working on multiple projects for Little Lamb Books. What do you think would be the main message or theme of your book(s)? If we’re talking about C Is for Christmas–the message is that Christmas is about many things, but it’s truly about Jesus. If we’re talking about Power of the Press series—the main message, I think, is believing the best in others and trying to get along with others, no matter what.
What do you think makes a good story? I believe good stories are character-driven. If I am not totally loving the main character, it doesn’t matter how many twists or turns the story has, I won’t enjoy the book.
Do you have any quirky writing habits? I like to have 80s music or Sinatra playing while I write. Or sometimes, I’ll even have episodes of Seinfeld, Frasier, or The Office playing on the TV. And, I chew an insane amount of chewing gum when I’m writing on deadline.
What is your favorite Bible story? I love the story of Noah because the wind was at work the whole time they were on the boat, receding the waters, even though they couldn’t see that God was working. I often give a talk about this called, “The Wind is at Work.”
We are beyond blessed to have Michelle bring her experience and ideas to our Little Lamb Books family, and I am thrilled to not only bring you her Christmas picture book C is for Christmas this year, but also her brand new upper elementary series Power of the Press in 2019. Don’t forget to subscribe to Michelle’s blog, and also be sure to visit our website and subscribe to our reader newsletter for author updates, book release information (like Michelle’s), and new contests and giveaways!