About my blog: Writing Straight is from the maxim: God writes straight with crooked lines. Crooked Lines is the title of my first novel. Through life’s crooked lines and learning curves, people are the dots that connect. This website is about connecting with each other to inspire and share about life and writing.

About Holly Michael: I’m a kaleidoscope, twisted and turned by the hand of God through a beautiful life of writing, traveling, and other incredible opportunities. Was a regular freelance ghostwriter and online editor for Guideposts for Teens/Sweet 16 Magazine, creator/editor of a magazine for Wal-Mart Corp., journalist, newspaper features writer, published in a variety of national magazines and local newspapers, script writing/editing for a financial corporation, book reviewer, and now writing fiction and nonfiction, blogging, and editor of Koinonia Magazine. I’m the wife of Rt. Rev. Leo Michael, an Anglican Bishop in the Holy Catholic Church-Anglican Rite. Mom to three wonderful grown kids: My sweet Betsy girl and my two boys: Jake Byrne (former NFL player) and Nick Byrne (Ragin Cajuns). I’ve been blessed to be able to travel extensively across the United States and internationally to India, England, Scotland, France, and Canada. My first novel, Crooked Lines, was published in 2014. My second book-nonfiction-Tsunami 2004 – Still Wading Through Waves of Hope was published on the ten year anniversary of the 2004 Tsunami. Plan to have at least two more books published in 2016. Updates to come!

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  1. Sandra Bartlett said:

    Awesome blog!!!

  2. It’s so funny that we connected because of photography since it sounds like we have a pretty similar writing background. Looking forward to hearing more about your books!

  3. Sharon R Hoover said:

    Great blog! I love your wide range of topics to read. I look forward to following your writing. Thanks also for visiting my blog. 🙂

  4. Bryan Brooks said:

    Hey Holly! Thanks for the follow on techsabbathhabit.com! Great blog/website you have here! Just a heads up that I am in the process of migrating techsabbathhabit.com over to bryansbrooks.com in the near future, so feel free to follow me there.


  5. Hey Holly!
    I created a page on Radius Of A Square. it’s called “How Life Works?”
    Feel free to drop by anytime and post your views 🙂

  6. Hi Holly,

    I saw you had followed my blog and wanted to check yours out. Cannot wait when I have more time to come back and read. This is really a great blog and thanks for following mine. God Bless, SR

  7. See good comes out of everything bad:>)) I got to meet you and see your great blog! That post really hit a nerve in me. I really do not care what anyone is myself. I do not agree with hurting people, and that really hurt me. Had been following their blog, praying they would get the baby, and then that post!!! Being a convert I see both sides, but I do not agree with this tearing down thing. I love Mother Mary also. God Bless, SR

  8. HOlly,

    Can you please go and look in your followers and see what address it is giving you for me. For some reason in my users profile it changed back to my old blog address I have since updated to http://bearingheavycrosses.wordpress.com That is the address that should be showing. Thanks and God Bless, SR Oh by the way have you picked up your Beautiful Blogger Award. I forgot the exact title but it is in my recent post. God Bless, SR

  9. I am really enjoying your blog. I always leave feeling happier, better informed, or just entertained. It’s a genuine pleasure to have met you. I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. If you choose to read and repost the award, please follow this link: http://jimlwright.wordpress.com/2012/05/25/one-lovely-blog-award/

  10. Thanks so much for checking on it for me. You are welcome and well deserved! God Bless, SR

  11. I’m so glad you came by my blog and liked my post. It helped me find you and I love your blog. I find it entertaining and very interesting. I look forward to following your post (O and congrats on all your well-deserved awards)! 😀

  12. Holly, thanks for finding and following my blog, I love connecting with fellow writers and am really happy to have found your awesome blog in return! Look forward to reading more of your posts. 🙂

  13. Hello Holly,
    I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. Details are on my latest post:

  14. Hi Holly, I’ve nominated you for the Reader Appreciation Award – go check it out! http://poetaofficium.wordpress.com/2012/06/10/a-couple-of-blog-awards/

  15. Hi Holly,
    Thanks for following the Jotter’s Joint. I love the image of God writing with crooked lines. Can’t wait for your book.

  16. I wanted to let you know I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award and you can pick it up! God Bless, SR

  17. Thanks for checking out my blog Holly; and congratulations on the book! I am in the process of having my first book published too. Amazing process. All the best.

    • Let me know when it’s published and I can promote it for you on my site!

      • Thanks… ditto. 🙂

      • And, I see that you mention India being your spiritual home. My husband is from India and we’ve visited there several times. I have some India photos and blog posts on my blog. Ok, I’ll be quiet now.

      • I’ve been twice now and have traveled quite a bit there. Love it! Plan to take my 15 year old there in a year and a half. We had planned to go next spring, but are thinking of waiting another year, so that he can concentrate on school. I never get tired of talking about India, but haven’t written about it yet… too deep and special. I have a couple of pieces on the line though. 😉 Thanks for checking out my info.

  18. Thank you for following stopping by and following my blog. I look forward to reading your posts. Congratulations on the book! Is it available on Kindle?

  19. Thanks for following. I am so pleased to be followed by a writer, an editor, a journalist and many more. But most of all, to be followed by someone who speaks of God, someone who helps others to be connected with their Creator and with other people. Keep on inspiring your readers. I shall be following you

  20. Hi Holly,
    Thanks for finding me. I will look forward to catching up on your posts. I am aspiring to become published some day and am loving the journey.

  21. Hi Holly! Thanks for stopping by & following my blog 🙂 Your blog is very inspiring & I look forward to reading more!

  22. Great blog, continue please.

  23. Thanks for the follow, Holly. I’m eager to sit down and meander through your blog posts with something chocolately! 😉

  24. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Yes, lots of sheep in Scotland. You’ve got a fellow Episcopalian here in St. Louis. Glad to meet you.

  25. Kindly check my latest post. You have just received 2 awards. Have a good weekend

  26. Hey Holly, Just stopped by to say hello! Needed a break from writing. Hope all is well with you and yours. Best and blessings, T.M. Gaouette

  27. Hey there! Thanks for stopping by my blog and thanks for the follow! I’ve got a million things stealing my time this week, but I promise I’ll be back to check your blog out next week, deal? Thanks again! 🙂

  28. Hello Holly! I look forward to really diving into your blog. Also, thank you for following my blog at Faith1st Ministry. I hope it has and will continue to be a major blessing in your life. May God richly bless you as you continue to write and blog. Please continue with us on this journey and remember to have Faith 1st. — Sebastian

  29. Daniela said:

    Hi Holly,

    Thank you very much for visiting and following my blog. I love your blog too, and I see that you are an accomplished author.

  30. Hey, Holly! 🙂 I nominated you for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award!


  31. Daniela said:

    This is just to let you know that I have nominated you for the beautiful blogger award. If you chose to participate, (I understand completely if you do not wish to), please pick the award and rules from here: http://wp.me/p2v1s2-ph
    Best of Luck!

  32. Holly: Thanks for the follow. I appreciate you reading. You’ve got some great experiences and credentials. Looks as though we have been on, and are on, similar paths. Keep up the good work. – steve

  33. Wanted to make sure you saw this: http://wp.me/p2bjEC-yS

  34. Thank you very much for your interest in my new photography blog and for the follow. Apologies for taking so long to return the complement. I lose track of who I’ve replied to and who I still need to respond to. I need to be better organised in future. Thank you, also, for sharing your inspirational experiences. Blessings from Lizzie Joy

  35. I am enjoying your articles and photographs very much. I have nominated you for two awards – Very Inspiring Blogger Award and Thought Provoking Blog Award. If you wish to accept them, please visit my site for details Have a lovely day. Blessings from Lizzie Joy

  36. Hey Holly, I’ve nominated you for the super sweet blogger award. Check it out here: http://allthingsboys.wordpress.com/2012/08/28/the-super-sweet-blogging-award/

  37. Eng. Hasan Al-Bahkali said:

    Nice blog

  38. Hi Holly, and thank you for the offer to help with the Catharsis release. I’ll be releasing CATHARSIS, Legend of the Lemurians (Earth Keepers Chronicles: Book 1), on 9/13, and would certainly appreciate your mentions/tweets about that.

    I will have a blog post about the release and about the Catharsis Reader Appreciation Promo, starting 9/13.

    If you read this type of stories (it’s YA dystopian/visionary fantasy), I am presently sending out ARC’s to my reviewers, and I’d certainly be honored it you were one of my first reviewers. But no pressure whatsoever.
    If you’d like that, I can send you ARC for your consideration.

    Please let me know here or by Twitter DM.

    Thanks so much and cheers!

    Congrats on your new awards! You deserve them 🙂


    • Thanks Lada, haven’t had time to collect the new awards yet, but I will. Please send the ARC and I’ll see what I can do. It’s a bit crazy now, but I’ll try to read it and review it also

      • Thanks so much, Holly. I really appreciate it, but no pressure whatsoever. 🙂 I see what you mean about it ‘being a bit crazy.” Same here. 🙂

        I don’t seem to have your email. Could you send it to me in a Twitter DM, or if it’s more convenient – via my website private contact form: http://www.ladaray.com/contact.html

        Warm regards,

  39. Good to see you Michael, inspiring and en lighting the spirits. Lets share some the purest.

  40. I’m awarding you the Blog of the year award 2012. See, http://allthingsboys.wordpress.com/2012/11/24/rendered-speechless/

  41. Thanks for the follow at Lyn Leahz. God bless you! Love your site too! You might like my other site, http://PromiseBook.net (inspirational) and I also have a news website, http://VineofLife.wordpress.com Warning though..we have been putting out a lot of news at the vine…there’s been so much happening! 😉

  42. Well thank you, Holly. Glad u liked them. I appreciate it. The news site (VOL) might get overwhelming right now from time to time…as so many things are happening that pertain to prophecy. It’s one thing after another this year, that’s for sure! Thnx, and again, God bless you always!

  43. You’re welcome. Here lately, I’ve been doing some reblogs from it on lyn leahz to circulate it more because it’s fairly new. I invited a few other bloggers as authors. I’ve got a pro life woman (major activist in the State of Ohio), one who does Christian persecution and the Body of Christ, and one who helps out with prophecy news. I just post a little bit of everything!

  44. And thank u! ♥♥♥♥

  45. sharpword said:

    lol wow! 🙂

  46. Thank you for following my blog. Be Blessed!

  47. Hey Holly! I’ve awarded you the Bog of the Year 2012 award! Check it out here: http://allthingsboys.wordpress.com/2012/12/15/second-star-from-the-right/

  48. Thank you for following littlemisswordy and welcome! 🙂

  49. Awesome Blog..i like your blog and happy to follow you!! have a nice day and god bless you!!

  50. Thanks for following my blog! I am honoured . . .

    Happy New Year!

  51. Hello Holly Michael,

    I hope it is not too late to wish you a wonderful New Year. May 2013 bring you more happiness, love, and success, especially with your publishing endeavors. Also, I would like to thank you because you continue following my blog. I hope my blog posts do not disappoint and that your visits in there have been a joyful ride.

    Thank you again, many blessings and much love to you. 🙂

    Subhan Zein

  52. Hi Holly, thanks for dropping by and liking “Thunder” 🙂
    Oh, I’ve been meaning to say for sometime now how much I like your header picture. What is waiting around that bend? So mysterious and inviting.

  53. God bless Kerala and all the Christians in India.

  54. Hi Holly! I hope you are feeling better. I so enjoy your blog and your wonderful faith, so I’ve nominated you for the Reality Blog Award. I hope that more people will find your blog from the link on mine so they can enjoy it too. You can check out the award at http://elizabethrosemysteries.com/awards/. Thanks for all your wonderful posts!!

  55. A nice clean website, Holly.

  56. Hi Holly, I have nominated you for the Super Sweet Blogger Award – please see my http://theencouragingscribe.wordpress.com/2013/05/20/sunday-morning-sunshine/ post for details.

  57. Ajaytao2010 said:

    Nice reading about you

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Be in touch. Browse through the category sections, I feel you may find something of your interest.

  58. Hi Holly, thanks for visiting my site and for the follow. 🙂 I look forward to getting to know more about your site. God bless you!

  59. Thanks so much for following Lessons by Heart. After reading your bio, I’m very honored! I look forward to reading more from your blog. 🙂

    Praising Jesus who makes my crooked places straight; my rough places smooth!

  60. Love the name of your blog and the reason behind it from the maxim. I think I heard it before, but now I will remember it! Love it! God writes straight with crooked lines. So true! If I my memory was better I would quote some lines from C.S. Lewis similar to what you quoted. 🙂 You look too young to have adult children! Congrats! 🙂

  61. Hi Holly,
    Thanks for viewing our Ray of Hope Ministries Bible Studyweb site,(rohmbible,wordpress.com. You might also want to vew or other web site , Today’s Enlightenment) rohmnj.wordpress.com. We look forward to reading your posts.
    Grace and peace, Patty Perez and Ray Gough

  62. Hi Holly! Thank you for the follow and appreciating my blog. I am going to check out your site now 🙂

  63. Thanks for the “follow” Holly. It’s good to be connected with a credible writer like yourself. Peace and blessings – DEREK MAUL

  64. I saw that you work for Guideposts…do you happen to know Ptolemy Tompkins? I know it’s a long shot, but I thought I’d ask.

  65. Hi Holly! I just love the premise for your book! Just read the blurb – and am TOTALLY intrigued. As a “thriver” of an unequally yoked marriage, spiritual mismatch (even if it’s not in the romantic sense) gets me every time. Have you ever read The Secret Diary of Elisabeth Leseur?

  66. Thank you for liking my latest blog post from another crooked person who God is straightening out.

  67. Dear Holly Michael,

    You WON a copy of Jerusha Agen’s e-book “A Ruby Christmas” via a book giveaway contest on my blog, “God is Love”! Here’s the link, http://capturingtheidea.blogspot.com/2014/10/author-interview-jerusha-agen.html

    You did not leave your e-mail address which is why I am reaching out to you here on your blog so that you can reach out to me and I can connect you with Jerusha so you can claim your prize! 🙂

    Please e-mail me directly via alexis@alexisagoring.com ASAP.

    God bless you! 🙂



  68. Hi Holly, Thanks for the follow, following you back. God bless, Jo

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