Power Munching: Michelle Ray

Ice. Rain. Cold. January is definitely the month for comfort food. Eating a hearty bowl of soup and some warm bread on a snowy winter evening is the next best thing to wrapping yourself up in your favorite comforter.


Are you feeling it? Well stop, because this post isn’t about feeling comfy. So,


“No soup for you!” (with a reverent nod to Seinfeld)

It is, however, still about food. I’m happy to introduce  you to our new feature Power Munching. No, it’s not the peckish sister to power shopping, which I have been known to do and quite well, thank you very much.


This is where we ask published authors to reveal their favorite  snack when in the crunch mode – what gives them the nourishment, energy and motivation to push through that wall and make it to the end.

Today we are joined by the lovely Michelle Ray, author of the YA novel FALLING FOR HAMLET. If you remember, Michelle has visited us before and shared a Random Pearl of wisdom and advice on what to do after that initial Light Bulb moment.

Good to see you, Michelle! Tell us, what’s your favorite stress-busting food when you have a looming deadline?

My choice is Nestle semi-sweet morsels. I get a handful and line them up. For each paragraph or page or, (when things are really going poorly) a full sentence that I don’t erase, I reward myself with one little morsel. Who needs a carrot and stick when one has chocolate?


Who indeed?

I honestly admire Michelle’s self-control. I’d find it hard not to scoop up the whole lot of ’em. I love the idea of rewarding yourself for the small victories. Sometimes the best way to bring down a wall is to chip away at it.

Pun intended.

Have an inspiring day, friends!

About Susan Mannix

Susan worked as a biomedical research editor for the Department of the Navy for fourteen years and has been a member of SCBWI since 2007. She writes young adult and middle grade novels. When she isn’t writing, she spends her time doing all things horses, including attending her teenaged daughters’ many competitions. Susan lives in Maryland on a small farm with her husband, two children, an adorable black lab, two cats, and three horses.
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