Author’s Note: When I saw in a recent Wow! Women on Writing ezine of which I am an subscriber, that an Israeli author was being featured on a book tour, you KNOW I just had to jump on the opportunity because of my Israel connection and my memoir on serving in the Israel Defense Forces.
So I reached out and asked if I could feature Michelle Dim-St. Pierre for Giving Voice to My Story blog. It’s always interesting how another Israeli author relates to Israel in her writing and so, I’m excited to feature her content today. Welcome, Michelle!
When people read a book by their favorite author, they often marvel at how easy the story comes together; how well the story flows. After all, the great authors always make the process of “seeing” believable. You can taste the food the character eats; see the places they visit.
But as a writer, that storytelling process isn’t that easy. A writer has to determine what words to put down on paper to make the reader feel like they are there. They must determine what stories to share to bring a reader into their own reality.
In some ways it’s a process of becoming who your character is meant to be. And in some ways, it’s about having enough background to be authentic in what you write, painting a factual picture of what your character intends to do.
As I write about my characters, even though they are fictional, a piece of me rubs off in everything they do. I take personal experiences that were meaningful to me, and use them to inspire each character that I create.
As a nurse, I saw what transpired between the doctors, the nurses and the patients. My military service added more dimension. Living and traveling throughout Israel for most of my life has given me the unique familiarity of knowing the culture intimately. As a woman with foothold in both America and Israel, I understand the details well.
Is that why my characters exist in those intimate settings? Of course. They start out as an extension of me before taking on a life of their own. I give them the depth of my knowledge before letting them expresive themselves through my fingers and on to the page.
Are they me? Never. But do they express themselves with my voice, my training and my familiarities behind them? All the time. That’s what gives them life. That’s what gives them complexity. That’s entertainment. I hope you enjoy.
Michelle Dim-St. Pierre was born in Tel-Aviv, Israel, where she spent more than half of her life before relocating to the United StatesShe lived through four wars and served in the Israel Defense Forces for two years. Unlike her first year of service in an armored division in the Golan Heights, she spent her second year serving in the medical corps where she interacted directly with the injured soldiers of the Peace of Galilee war and their families. This interaction, along with the exposure to the hospital atmosphere, fascinated Michelle and further touched her heart.
After graduating from nursing school with a BS in Nursing in Tel-Aviv, she practiced internationally for 32 years in various positions in the surgical field and quickly advanced into health care administration. During her career she worked in the Operating Room, Recovery Room, and CCU—along with many other duties.
Writing was Michelle’s outlet at first, but it soon became her passion. Recently she left nursing and became a full-time writer. Her international background, along with her military and nursing experience is always at the tip of her pen. Her first novel, Pinnacle Lust, starts the Pinnacle trilogy.
Michelle is a world traveler who enjoys cooking epicurean food and creating original recipes.