Michele Ivy Davis
Davis was born in Washington, D.C. and went to nine
different schools before she graduated from high school.
As the child of a Foreign Service Officer, she spent her
junior high years at a missionary-run boarding school in
south India, 400 miles from her home in Madras. When she
moved to Bombay, she rode a bus to an all-girl's school
located on the Arabian Sea in a former maharaja's palace.
Michele graduated from Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland. Her fellow students at Blair included actress Goldie Hawn, TV personality Connie Chung, political commentator/comedic actor Ben Stein, and Carl Bernstein of Watergate fame.
After getting her degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland, she worked in a variety of jobs ranging from making survey calls for Trendex (a marketing research company) to graphic layout and editing for several newspapers and printing companies. She also worked for the National Geographic Society and the American Red Cross. At different times she owned and managed a sandwich shop/pub, a computer advertising newsletter, and a desktop publishing and mailing services business.
Her writing has been published in several Chicken Soup for the Soul and Cup of Comfort books, as well as various magazines, from Home Life and Baby Talk to Mature Living. Her articles have also appeared in the Tampa Tribune, the St. Petersburg Times and the East Lake Eagle newspapers. Under the name Mickey Davis, and with writing partner, Jim Weiss, she has sold numerous articles and photographs to law enforcement, fire rescue, and EMS publications.
Michele's short stories, poetry, and photographs have received awards in writing and photography contests, and her novel, Evangeline Brown and the Cadillac Motel, was a finalist in the 2001 William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition. Published by Penguin Group USA, the novel was also the Grand Prize winner of the 2002 Ann Durell Fiction Contest, and was awarded the 2006 Swiss Prix Chronos for the German language edition.