New YA novel, Keep Sweet, due from Simon and Schuster March 2010!

The new Martika Gálvez Mysteries site has gone live! You can check out photos and bios of your favorite characters and even send them an e- mail message! Learn more about the Maya civilization, keep in touch with the upcoming Martika Gálvez Mystery books. On the Projects page you'll find writing and art projects and all the info to get your work published online in the Jaguar E-zine! go to

Michele has been appearing as the Governor of California in the ABC series, Brothers and Sisters. Look for MIchele in a recurring role on HBO’s Big Love, as reporter Sheila White.

Workshops/School Visits/Conferences
Michele completed a successful youth writing workshop at El Centro Del Pueblo in the Echo Park area of Los Angeles. El Centro serves at risk youth by providing athletics, tutoring and other programs to help kids stay off the streets and start building a brighter future. Michele's workshop culminated with the Young Writers Workshop LIteray Journal, a collection of writing by the young participants. The downlaod will be available soon, check back to read the work of these talented young writers in the first installment of the Voices of The City Project.

Michele is launching the LifeWrite Workshop Series, offering writing and creativity workshops for youth and adults.

Michele was the keynote speaker at the California Writing Project annual meeting as part of the CATE (California Association of Teachers of Engish) Conference.

Keynote Speaker at Walk in My Shoes Conference at Cal State Fullerton, two workshop/discussion groups with teens to promote inter-ethnic communication and the arts.

Michele's new Americana band, Johnny Cat, is putting together its first CD , My Father's Daughter and will be out gigging later this year. Check back for club dates!

Michele and bassist/vocalist.songwriter Bill Cinque have launched Five Steps Ahead Music, a publishing company designed to help get music by indie artists placed in TV and film.

The upcoming documentary, Border Echoes, features Michele’s song Ciudad Juarez. Look for it in festivals around the country and on PBS.
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