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What I am:

Fierce, loyal, loving, artistic, thoughtful, frugal, bitchy, helpful, bold, protective, crazy, strong, down-to-earth, truthful, colorful, married, confident, maternal, and…

 

 

What I am not:

Preachy, fru-fru, girly, delicate, emotional, confused, two-faced, fancy, sneaky, a thief, thin, dishonest, single, shy, and…

 

 

This list is not complete. Because I’m not complete. I’m always evolving.

Gypsy soul Michelle Pendergrass uses her artistic wiring to encourage and challenge the friends and strangers who cross her paths. A roving creative, she captures the pain and beauty of life as an author, editor, foodie, mixed media artist, and photographer. Her life is marked by God, but Michelle is not the stereotypical “Christian.” She loves Jesus but she drinks a little. Her story has rough edges, but she has been sharpened on the stones of her past, and God continues to shape her and use her. Through her journey as a wife, mother, teacher, and mentor, she is learning grace. And while grace is a fruit that has been hard-won in her life, she is grateful for it. Most days.

Through her writing and editing life, Michelle has been able to speak and participate in panels at the Mo*Con, The Festival of Faith & Writing, Icon, and Context conferences. She has also been growing as a visual artist through Visual Prayer, painting, mixed media, and photography. One incredible highlight has been the opportunity to apprentice under artist Justin Vining. Michelle also serves as the Editor-In-Chief of The Midnight Diner, a non-profit quarterly publication that juxtaposes a faithful worldview with the unlikely partner of speculative fiction—horror, detective, sci-fi, and paranormal stories.

More and more each day, photography is becoming part of her life’s mission. When Michelle’s mom died in 2010, she realized too late that she didn’t have many pictures with her mother. Her mom didn’t like herself in pictures, so she avoided them at all costs. Around that time, Michelle discovered that she has a gift for capturing people’s beauty, even those who don’t believe they can take a good picture. These days she offers family sessions (as well as graduation, maternity, etc.) for an affordable cost so that people will have pictures to cherish for years to come.

Michelle fell in love with a cowboy while they sat in a traffic jam, and together they have a son, who is wise beyond his years. She has the privilege of being step-mom to two beautiful kids who have grown into amazing adults, one who just graduated college and the other who gave her a son-in-law and two grandsons.

She’s a homeschooling, horror writing, wine-loving, organic-canning, facebook-debating, tell-it-like-it-is kind of person who frequently argues with God. She’s not afraid to admit that she loves The Real Housewife of New Jersey. And Orange County. Actually, she’s not afraid to admit much. She’s downright proud to announce her love for Sons of Anarachy. As a kid, her superpower of choice would’ve been invisibility, but these days she just is who she is, and it doesn’t matter who can see her. She’s an introvert, but she’d still love to connect with you.

 

Updated at 12:08pm on May 22, 2013