Born in the early 1980s, Michelle Diana Lowe grew up relatively poor, within inner-city London. As a kid, she always had a love of words and stories. Michelle was a lonely and somewhat friendless child, but surrounded herself with books for comfort. The local library and classic novels were her best friends, her escapism from a world that did not quite understand her.
Being severely bullied at primary school and experiencing family problems aged nine, Michelle dug deep, and found that, tapping into her passion for words and writing, really helped to repair her soul and aided the healing process. Barely ten years old and a voracious reader – reading Judy Blume novels such as – Deenie, Blubber, Tiger Eyes and Are You There God It’s Me Margaret? Michelle decided to pen her very first novel, which was around 30,000 words in length. The deep satisfaction she had when finishing it, told her that she needed, not just wanted, to be a writer.
In her late teens and early 20s, Michelle studied English Literature with Philosophy at Roehampton University. Whilst doing her Bachelor of Arts degree, she felt inspired by bestselling novelists, Toni Morrison and Zadie Smith. Lowe absorbed and was mesmerised by, their stories and experiences. As her writing style developed, the positive influences of Toni and Zadie, helped infuse culture and society into her creative work. After graduating from university with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature with Philosophy, Lowe started working as a Children’s Centre Administrator in East London.
Making an appearance on British Chatshow The Chrissy B Show and gaining features in The Voice Newspaper and The Newham Recorder, helped to make her more visible as a author. It was in January 2015 that her first career break came. Michelle was signed by US Publisher UrbanEdge for her debut novel UnShatter Me. Shocked but thrilled, she acknowledged that she’d fulfilled her dream of becoming a published author. UnShatter Me was published by UrbanEdge Publishing in August 2015. Lowe is the first, and only, UK author to be published by this American company.
In August 2016, Michelle was nominated for her first ever indie award – the SIBA Award (Summer Indie Book Award) in the New Adult Fiction Category for her debut novel UnShatter Me.
Lowe was signed by Creativia Publishing for her second novel Broken Roots. She feels privileged to be a part of The Creativia family. As an author with urban foundations, Michelle feels that she has a commitment to bring more diversity into all her books and into the publishing industry. In her writing, Michelle also has a desire to raise awareness of issues around young mental health and children’s welfare, and strives to help make a difference in people’s lives.
Most recently, Michelle reached the final in Read Free.ly’s Award – 50 Best Indie Books of 2016. Finishing the competiton at number 31, Michelle’s second novel Broken is officially one of the best indie books of 2016.