I cannot believe summer is over, fall is here, and the holidays have begun! I am not simply thankful because it is the Thanksgiving holiday. I am truly thankful, during every step of this journey, for you. I will continue to be genuinely grateful for all of your support.
It is a solitary experience writing a book. However, it is far from a solitary endeavor. No matter how spectacularly magical a novel is, if no one knows about it, it can only go so far.
In a few short months, you have helped Essie's Roses become a #2 Amazon Kindle bestselling novel in its respective categories in Literary & Historical fiction. It has even garnered a few awards!
I am forever grateful you chose to stand behind this novel and go the extra mile by leaving your reviews, sharing my book news, and telling your friends. It has made a difference for this debut author, and I hope Essie's Roses continues to have a chance at finding new readers and opportunities.
Thank you for saying yes to Essie's Roses, and sharing its story of love and freedom. You didn’t know me, Essie, Evie, Miss Katie, or Delly, but you welcomed us into your hearts. You are not just readers or encouraging fans (as some of you like to tell me)–you are friends, and I’m thankful you took my heart that is this story and cared for it so. That Essie’s Roses inspired you enough to be overjoyed and go beyond reading a book by sharing its message. I am sincerely grateful.
Michelle Muriel is the award-winning, bestselling author of ESSIE'S ROSES. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts, magna cum laude, and after graduating, she worked as a professional actress, a member of Actors’ Equity and The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists for almost twenty years, doing theater, voice-over, and commercial work. She is also a songwriter and musician. Michelle lives in St. Louis, Missouri with her husband and two quirky Border collies. She first developed ESSIE'S ROSES as a screenplay. This is her debut novel. She is currently at work on her second.