M. B. Weston:
Author / Speaker
M. B. Weston is an award-winning fantasy, young adult, steampunk, and paranormal author. Her fantasy series about guardian angel warfare and treason, has been referred to as “…filling a big part of the void that will be left by the final Harry Potter,” by award-winning author, Vincent O’Neil. Weston’s writing attracts both fantasy and non-fantasy readers, and her audience ranges from upper-elementary students to adults. The Elysian Chronicles is being adapted into a graphic novel, and her newest book, The Sword of the Vanir (working title), is due out in Fall 2013.
Weston’s first paranormal thriller, Unleashed (working title), is slated for release in Summer 2013. Also in Winter 2013, two of her short stories will be featured in both a paranormal and a Steam Punk anthology.
A gifted orator, Weston has been invited as a guest speaker to numerous writing and science fiction/fantasy panels at conventions across the US, including DragonCon, BabelCon, NecronomiCon, and ImagiCon. She has served on panels with such authors as Sherrilyn Kenyon, J. F. Lewis, Todd McCaffrey, and Jonathan Maberry. Weston has spoken to thousands of students and adults about the craft of writing and has been invited as the keynote speaker at youth camps and at several schools throughout the US.
What Teachers, Authors, and Media Specialists Are Saying About M. B. Weston
- “Michelle Weston’s ‘Show Don’t Tell’ writing workshop was both practical and engaging. She openly shared how she revised her work to have more sensory details and assessed the students’ prior knowledge so that she could meet them on common ground. What impressed me the most was how passionate she was about her craft. My students learned so much from their session with Ms. Weston–I only wish we had more time with her.”–Jennifer Dosher, Eighth Grade English Teacher, Carrollwood Day School, Tampa, Florida
- “What a wonderful job M.B. Weston did speaking to my class about “Writing for the FCAT.” It amazed me at how much the student’s scores shot up! She not only kept their attention the entire time, but the students were engaged and eager to participate.”–Matthew Johnson, History teacher, Brandon High School
- “Michelle Weston is a brilliant analyst of what makes ‘fantasy’ tick, not just as a critic, but as an author and teacher as well. Very well organized, and excellent content.”–Jeremiah Healy, author of TURNABOUT and THE ONLY GOOD LAWYER
- “Michelle brings a tremendous energy to her presentations, and I think that is the most important thing a speaker can have. I believe that if the audience’s attention starts to wander, it’s the speaker’s fault, but she was in no danger of losing either of her audiences at her workshops.”–Vincent O’Neil, author of MURDER IN EXILE and REDUCED CIRCUMSTANCES.
- “Michelle Weston spoke to my AP Literature class with great wit and knowledge. She gave the students a realistic view of the writing process as well as what is involved with achieving publication. It was an incredible opportunity for my students to interact with a published writer who could answer their questions based on firsthand experience. This was definitely not something they could learn from a book. I hope Michelle will come to speak to my classes again in the future. She was both entertaining and informative. It was an excellent educational experience for my students.”–Pam Grabczynkski, AP English, Barron Collier High School, Naples, FL
- “Michelle’s insightful presentation had the students spellbound and eager to know more about the world of fantasy fiction. More talented professionals like Michelle are exactly what our classrooms need.”–Richard McCarthy, AP English, Barron Collier High School, Naples, FL
- “Author Michelle Weston is a dynamic orator and a richly, descriptive writer. Michelle has a fantastic gift for engaging youth and relating to them. My middle school classes were delighted to listen to Michelle as she shared tips on effective writing, and discussed the novel she recently completed. My students are eagerly awaiting the publishing of her story. ‘Ms. Motic, will Mrs. Weston come visit us again?’ was one of the ringing questions in my classrooms. Needless to say, Michelle has greatly inspired all of us with her enthusiasm, transparency, and dedication to writing.”–Dragica Motic, 6th Grade Language Arts, First Baptist Academy, Naples, FL
- “My 5th grade class got a “special” treat in April by listening to Michelle Weston talking about the trials and tribulations of writing a novel for publication. She captivated my class with the same ease orally that her novel A Prophecy Forgotten did with her magnificent use of descriptive language. To her credit, I feel she opened doors in the minds of my children that they didn’t even know existed. She has the knack of making 90 minutes seem like 90 seconds!”–Leon Tavares, 5th Grade Teacher, Corkscrew Elementary School, Naples, FL
- “Michelle’s energy and enthusiasm kept my 7th grade students attentive all day long!”–Julie Bernstein, 7th Grade Language Arts teacher, East Naples Middle School
- “I thoroughly enjoyed Michelle’s presentation. I felt that she connected very well with the students and encouraged their creativity through her example.”–Anne VanDevere, 8th Grade Language Arts, East Naples Middle School
- “Michelle offered a lively and an enthusiastic approach to the world of literature to our students at East Naples Middle School. Many of my students did not realize the process was so arduous. In fact, one of my gifted students remarked that “Mrs. Weston is as determined to succeed as we are. She never gave up even when she received those rejection letters from the publishers. That is a great lesson for everyone. Believing in oneself is the key to success!”–Pam Prochaska, 8th Grade Language Arts, East Naples Middle School
- “Michelle Weston was in my classroom & was absolutely fabulous!!!!! The kids really enjoyed her talk & although before she arrived I asked them to please be polite no matter what, they were totally enthralled with her presentation.”–Ms. Bernard, Varsity Lakes Middle School
…and students say….
- “I thought it was really great to hear about how to send in the book ideas. I want to write stories and this makes me think it is possible” Erin, grade 8
- “I felt like I could just share my stories with her and she would really be interested in them. It was great that a real author would come to talk to just us.” Kathryn, grade 6
- “The best was the chapters she let us read. They are really good. I want to buy the book.” Sebastian, grade 7
- “I like this kind of stuff.” Matthew, grade 5
- “It was really neat that she came to talk with us. I learned a lot.” Andrew, grade 5