We are delighted to welcome Michelle S. Lowe, a new author with Anaiah, debuting her contemporary Christian Romance, The Maritime Cure!
Welcome, Michelle! Congratulations on your new release!
Thank you, I feel very blessed to be working with Anaiah Press.
Give us a quick one paragraph summary of your latest release.
Betrayed by someone she thought she could trust, Sage Patterson is forced to sell her late mother’s beloved beach cottage. She loads up her best friend, a loyal Belgian Mallinois, and heads to Ocean Isle Beach where she plans to pack up the remnants of a much happier past. Experiencing firsthand why her mother loved the tranquil surroundings of the friendly beach community, Sage and Molly find refuge each evening when watching a mysterious artist paint his beautiful watercolor by the ocean. But when the handsome real estate attorney who is overseeing the sale of the beach property crosses the line, trying to convince her to forgive her estranged father, Sage must face a painful reality, and the fact she risks losing more than her mother’s precious beach house.
Is this book part of a series, or a stand-alone?
The Maritime Cure is a stand-alone novella.
Tell us a little about yourself.
My husband and best friend of twenty years and I have one son and a very spoiled bluetick hound dog. I love spending time with my family, including my sister and my dad, my in-laws, and extended family. We eat together a lot! I am also a Registered Nurse and have been blessed with a wonderful nursing career. I have always loved to write too, and my mom, whom I miss dearly, was my biggest supporter. I still have a small tape recorder she gave me over thirty years ago when my son was small to record my story ideas.
What was your first encounter with the writing world?
Some years ago, I wrote a short story entitled Autumn Stroll about a girl and her older dog taking their last long walk together. The story won second place in a local writing contest and the group of seasoned writers who sponsored the contest were very kind and welcoming to me. I received a Christmas card from them a year later wishing me continued success with my writing!
Kara Leigh Miller, was my first contact in a publishing sense, and through the editing process, she has taught me a great deal about writing. I could never repay her and I am very thankful. Anaiah Press was the first place I submitted my novella.
What does your writing process look like?
I often scribble ideas, even outlines, for stories in spiral bound notebooks. I keep one in my kitchen, one in my car, etc. When time allows, I love to sit down at the computer in my kitchen with a cup of coffee and write until I’ve lost track of the time. Usually once I get started, I can’t stop.
What authors have inspired you to write?
I have read almost every book by Victoria Holt and Phyllis Whitney. I especially love the colorful, enticing settings for these books, and the writing styles of these two authors. I have my mom’s old hardbacks which, of course, are priceless to me.
What do you do when you experience writer’s block?
When I have writer’s block, I walk in our driveway which is surrounded by woods. Being out in the fresh air always helps to clear my thoughts and is where I feel most creative. I usually find inspiration in the beauty of nature which God has so freely provided us.
Is anything in your book based on real life experiences?
Sage’s mother passed away after a battle with Multiple Sclerosis. This is my experience as well. My sister and I had a wonderful, loving mom and I wrote this book in her memory.
Where can readers find you online?
Grab a copy of The Maritime Cure!
Forgiveness can heal even the deepest of wounds
About the Author
Michelle Smith Lowe lives in Asheboro, North Carolina with her husband of twenty years, Brian, and their son, Jake. She is the proud owner of a very spoiled bluetick hound dog. Michelle is a Registered Nurse as well as a Certified Multiple Sclerosis Nurse. She has always loved to write and wishes to thank God most of all for her ability to write fiction. Her hobbies include searching for Native American arrowheads on her property and cooking for her family.