Michelle Nelson-Schmidt is an author, illustrator, public speaker, mother, sister, daughter, and wife. She loves dogs, the beach, and a really great Boston Cream doughnut from time to time. But most of all she loves living life enthusiastically and exuberantly while making a whole lot of mistakes along the way.
I live in Perdido Key, Florida. I moved here with my husband after twenty-one years living in Georgia after my children went to college and moved out of the house. Living at the beach was a lifelong dream of mine. I made it! Yippee! Perdido Key is a tiny strip of land that connects Florida to Alabama. I’m so far west I’m in the central time zone. That confuses people. I’m still getting used to it.
I have the great privilege of being an author and illustrator. After about ten years eeking my way towards that goal while working full-time as a mother and graphic designer with a painting side gig, I’m finally a full time author and illustrator with six published books and four more on the way. Sometimes I need to pinch myself when I realize that this is actually my life. I write and illustrate books for kids. Wow! THIS IS MY LIFE! I travel to schools all over the United States reading my books, talking about my journey and encouraging them to follow their dreams – through hard work and perseverance.
I love that I get to show my children and all the children I meet that life is what you make it—and that persistence and hard work will overcome almost any obstacle.
When I’m not traveling, I’m busy having fun with the love of my life—my husband Kevin, and our three crazy dogs, Piggy Pie, Otto Von Schmidt, and Cornflake.
Meet The Characters
Let me introduce you to some of my best friends in the whole, wide world! Just because I made them up, doesn’t mean they aren’t real friends. I hope many more friends continue to show up in my imagination to tell me their stories – because I sure love sharing their stories with you.
My favorite ginger-haired boy! He finds his courage to try new things, even if he’s still a bit scared, with the help of his little green friend, The Whatif Monster.
THE WHATIF MONSTER
Ah, my favorite monster ever! The Whatif Monster loves to worry and would be happy to take your worries for you so that you can concentrate on all the good and wonderful ‘what ifs’ in life instead! Make friends with him and watch your life TRANSFORM.
My favorite ginger-haired girl! Cordelia knows how to fly. Get to know her and I bet she’s show you that you can fly too.
Someone had to teach Cordelia how to fly. Who better to do it than a magical blue whale?
Sometimes people don’t get us. Sometimes people don’t understand who we really are. Bob gets it. And I promise, he gets you too-exactly how you are.
My favorite goal-oriented dog! Dog is looking for her best friend and will stop at nothing until she reaches her goal. She unexpectedly gets some help from a little Mouse.
Mouse is that person who always shows up to help – simply because they can. They don’t help for the accolades or the glory. They help because it is just who they are. I think people like Mouse are the real life super heroes in this world.