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Someday You’ll Write

by Ashley Stewart

By a circuitous route, Michelle Gable returned to her first love and became a nationally-recognized author, penning a quartet of juicy novels.

It can be difficult to define at what point contemporary fiction becomes historical fiction. Michelle Gable is a master of walking that line. Her first three novels, “A Paris Apartment,” “I’ll See You in Paris,” and “The Book of Summer” stand firmly in our modern day and reach into the past.

Her latest release, “The Summer I Met Jack,” does the opposite. Set in the 1950s, the story is about a Polish refugee, Alicia Darr, and her whirlwind romance with the fledgling congressman John F. Kennedy, “Jack,” and follows her through the following decade.

Michelle has been writing since she was a child.

“I was the kid that went to the library and checked out 10 books at a time,” she says.

A voracious reader, she began writing her own stories, but never really saw it as more than just a hobby.

“When I was 10, my parents gave me a copy of ‘Someday You’ll Write’ by Elizabeth Yates,” she says, “It inspired me to continue doing what I love.”

She attended The College of William and Mary in Virginia, majoring in accounting, of all things. As much as she loved writing, it didn’t pay the bills. After college, she moved to DC, then to San Diego and continued to work in finance.

She married, and after the birth of her first daughter, she decided to pitch her first manuscript to an agent. It didn’t sell, nor did the next three, but she didn’t let that stop her.

She finally struck gold with “A Paris Apartment.” It was released just a few weeks before her 40th birthday. When it was published, she couldn’t help but look back on her humble beginnings and the loving support of her parents.

“It was thirty years in the making,” she says, “I still have that copy of ‘Someday You’ll Write.’”

Michelle will be visiting the Plateau as a part of the Author Series at the libraries in Cashiers and Highlands. She will be at the Albert-Carlton Cashiers Community Library on May 24 at 3:00 P.M. She will also be the guest author at the “Books and Bites” Series at the Hudson Library in Highlands on May 25 at 12:30 P.M.

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