About Michelle Ule

Michelle Ule

A New York Times best selling writer, Michelle  Ule  lives in northern California.

A native of San Pedro, California, she has a degree in English Literature from the University of California, Los Angeles.  She marched in the clarinet section of the band and worked as a reporter and city editor for the UCLA Daily Bruin.

As a writer, Michelle’s interested in how people live through difficulties with their spiritual life intact. She focuses on how to live a hope-full life within the context of a hostile society. She’s curious about the why and how, and likes to add an ironic twist to her stories.

She’s focused the last four years on writing and researching World War I and Oswald and Biddy Chambers. Her biography of Mrs. Oswald Chambers will release in October, 2017 from Baker Books.

A retired Navy wife, Michelle has a terrific husband, four brilliant children, two perfect daughter-in-laws and five adorable grandchildren.

A Bible study leader for more than 35 years, Michelle works part time at Books & Such Literary Agency. In her free time, she travels, writes and reads.

As a longtime amateur genealogists, she’s the self-published author of Pioneer Stock and other family biographies.

Michelle also has written an unpublished spiritual memoir, Loving God Without a Label. It’s the story of how she found God at work through thirteen moves, a variety of church, denomination and parachurch settings.


Michelle’s debut novella, The Dogtrot Christmas, appeared in Barbour Publishing’s A Log Cabin Christmas Collection in September 2011. The book made The New York Times fiction best seller extended list on October 2, 2011. It spent many months on the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) best seller’s list.

Her debut novel, Bridging Two Hearts, a Barbour/Harlequin’s Heartsong book, released in 2013.

An Inconvenient Gamble, a novella, was part of The Texas Brides Collection, released in 2013.

Barbour’s 2013 A Pioneer Christmas Collection, another ECPA bestseller, included her The Gold Rush Christmas.

Two related stories appeared in the ECPA best selling collections: The 12 Brides of Christmas and The 12 Brides of Summer, released in various formats in 2014, 2015 and 2016.


As well as writing, Michelle also speaks on Oswald Chambers, Biddy Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, Prayer, Devotions and Navy life. See her speaker page for further information.


While she attended church as a child, Michelle gave her heart to the Lord as a teenager at a Lutheran church that emphasized the need to study the Bible and allow the Holy Spirit to direct your steps.

Married to a naval officer following college graduation, she attended, worshipped and often taught women’s Bible studies at the following churches over the last 45 years:

Navy chapels in Orlando, FL; Mare Island, CA and Groton, CT.

Bel Air Presbyterian Church in Bel Air, CA.

Groton Bible Chapel and Ukiah Bible Church in Groton, CT and Ukiah, CA

Bishop Seabury Anglican Church, then in Groton, CT

Calvary Chapels in Monterey, CA; Silverdale, WA and Honolulu, HI

Trinity Lutheran Church in San Pedro, CA; Our Savior Lutheran Church (LCMS) in Aiea, HI and St. Mark Lutheran Church (LCMS) in Santa Rosa, CA


For more detailed information, please see the Media Kit page.

To contact Michelle, click here.

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  1. Becky

     /  December 5, 2010

    How fun! You have a blog! Congrats on the novella. That’s VERY exciting. I look forward to reading here…

  2. Just found your blog and am looking forward to reading more!

  3. Jean

     /  August 20, 2011

    Hello Michelle – I am fellow Gordon Setter owner (we actually have two). I found your blog while searching for Cushing Disease in Gordon Setters. We may be facing that diagnosis with our dear Alyxx. So great to read your blog to see how you and your dog have adjusted to her blindness. Is she receiving treatment for the Cushing Disease?

    Looking forward to reading more –

  4. Todd James

     /  September 11, 2011

    Hi MIchelle,
    Let a post on your John Wooden blog. Am a missionary in Dublin, Ireland, but was a basketball coach in California for 10 years before the Lord called us to Europe. Grew up in Redondo Beach and went to Whittier College before coaching. Have now lived in Ireland and done church planting the past 30 years. Have a small John Wooden connection that I mention on the blog.
    Won by One,
    Todd James
    Dublin, Ireland

  5. Jo Miller

     /  October 30, 2011

    how fun to actually see someone whose comments I have been reading on World mag blog. I have been lurking around there for several years, but mostly only read the rants and raves as our internet here is expensive. I am also from Northern California, Grass Valley. but I currently live in Papua New Guinea where I am a missionary school teacher. Missing the grandkids. Thanks for sharing the link to your blog.

    • Wow, Jo, thanks for stopping by. You’re the second missionary to Papua, NG, I’ve “spoken” to in three days–I sat next to a former one at a concert Thursday night. Small world!

  6. Hi Michelle,

    I found your blog via a google search, and read the February 24th post about souvenirs. My dad is a professional musician, as am I, and he started a tradition of bringing back gifts from the places he visited. I’m still eating the Cadbury’s Flakes he brought back from his last trip to Scotland.

    You said that you thought about buying a set of bagpipes. Would you like to learn to play? I teach professionally, via Skype. All you need to get started is a practice chanter, and I’ll throw in the first lesson for free.



    • How very generous, Sean! Unfortunately, I didn’t buy any and will be sticking with my clarinet playing! Enjoyed hearing them very much, especially at the Tattoo!

  7. Carolyn Simpson

     /  June 8, 2016

    Just found ;your blog by searching for Dodson genealogy who ended up in Tennessee. I’m doing this for a friend but I have Bibbs in my line from Virginia to Tennessee. Thanks for your blog.

  8. Michelle, Loved hearing about the charm bracelet and relationships with out siblings! God Bless Kim


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