Tuesday, May 7, 2019

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Cathartic Writing by Michelle Bellon @michellebellon #writing #guest

Cathartic Writing

By Michelle Bellon

Most authors will tell you that there are little pieces of themselves intertwined within the fabric of their writing and the plight of their characters. For many of us, it can even be healing as we explore thoughts, feelings, and fears through the experiences of our protagonists. I embrace this concept fully and utilize my writing not just as a means for tapping into the creative side of myself, but for that healing aspect as well.

Breathe In has been my most cathartic writing to date. It’s dark. It’s violent. It’s gritty. But it’s also witnessed the birth of a truly kick-ass female heroine.

I wrote it in the midst of my own brutal discovery-of-self journey. After 16 years of being in an abusive marriage, I grabbed my kids and my dog and finally walked out. In the middle of learning to be a single mother and throwing myself back into the workforce as a registered nurse, I met someone who I truly believed was my soulmate. It was a breath of fresh air and for two years we were together, but eventually that fell apart for many complicated reasons and I experienced a different, even more emotional heartache. Through that three year period, I struggled with so much PTSD from the abusive marriage, including watching the impact it left on my children. I struggled with the weight of being a single mother, financial strain, sick children, and then another failed relationship, all the while, still discovering my own inner strength and power. It was all so much, so pervasive, the only way I could really process it was to channel it into my writing. This is where Tessa Benson was born.

I could see her so perfectly. In the beginning, she is meek and mild, even a little pathetic, unable to find her inner voice. Then the unspeakable happens as she finds herself kidnapped and the victim of what is intended to be a snuff film. As she realizes this may be her final moments, she finds a strength and a will to survive that prove to be the only string of hope to whether she will live or die in that cabin in the woods.

About the Author

Michelle Bellon lives in the Pacific Northwest with her four children and boyfriend, Seth. She loves coffee and has an addiction to chapstick.
She works at a surgery center as a registered nurse and in her spare time writes novels. She writes in the genres of romance suspense, young adult, women’s fiction, and literary fiction. She has won four literary awards to include making finalist in the New Age category in the USA Book Awards for her latest release, The Fire Inside.  Her latest release is the contemporary romance, Restless.
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About the Book:

Title: Restless
Author: Michelle Bellon
Publisher: Booktrope Editions
Pages: 204
Genre:  Contemporary Romance

You grow up. You get married. You have a family. At least, that’s what Malea Winters believes she’s supposed to do. So why is it that every time she comes close to finding that happily ever after, she runs?

When she meets Garrett Taylor, she warns him that she’s not the marrying type because history has shown that long-term relationships are not her forte. She has a tendency to leave when things get too serious; the direct result of being raised by an emotionally detached mother and a stepdad with philandering ways. So she swore off men and surrounded herself with her best friends; three quirky, funny women who are facing challenges of their own.

But Garrett is everything she’s ever looked for; charming, successful, fun, and sexy. Despite her better judgment, his persistence pays off and she finds herself falling for him.

Learning how to love and be loved will be the hardest lesson she’s ever faced. The question is, will her relationships survive that lesson?



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