About Me

Michelle Fairie Festival 2015

Michelle L. Whitney is a Maryland native and displaced Alaskan living on the outskirts of Baltimore City. As a survivor of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Michelle is no stranger to dealing with stress. During her years working in stressful, and sometimes toxic, environments, Michelle devised numerous ways to manage and release her stress.

Michelle was born a creative genius (really, I swear!). Okay, maybe not a genius, but definitely creative. She escaped a stressful 9-5 that was creative-adjacent, but lacked in actual creativity, to write her first nonfiction book, Stress Hacks: 166 Tips and Tricks to Free Yourself From Stress and Sleeplessness and Reclaim a Relaxed Life, which launches November 2015. She hopes that her experiences will help others struggling to survive the sometimes soul-crushing stress often inherent in modern life.

Michelle has also completed a rough draft of her first fiction novel, The Bitterness of Growing Things, which explores grief and the nature of solitude and celebrity. The novel is in the midst of extensive rewrites with publication planned for Spring 2016.

As a creative person, Michelle enjoys writing, photography, and helping other creatives through the stresses that block free expression of their gifts. When she’s not writing, she does her best to serve her home’s two feline rulers and entertain her inner child with play, wonder, and the wearing of tiny hats.

Michelle blogs about managing life’s stresses and living creatively at survivingacreativelife.com. You can find her on Twitter @StressHacksBook and visit her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SurvivingACreativeLife. She can be reached at survivingacreativelife@gmail.com.

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