Michele Author

Michele is an author, specialist memoir writer and professional biographer, with two of her own memoirs published (Uni of NSW Press & Coretext) and a number of private commissions (either written in her own name or as a ghost writer). When it comes to  life-story writing, Michele is highly skilled, knows how to write a book, and guides those she works with through the process.

Michele loves working with people from all walks of life, and organisations, helping them bring their stories to the page.  She really listens, collaborates closely with the story tellers and their vision, writing in their voice, their style, their tone.

Michele has worked with some of Australia’s top entrepreneurs who have been enriched by the process of working with Michele on their autobiographies, and delighted with the final product. Michele has also written family and community histories, and can offer advice on book publishing options.

If you’d like to discuss a project idea with Michele, please contact her via the contact page on this website.


Tracey Hughes. ‘From the outset, Michele was a pleasure to work with. She really captured the essence of my father. You get a true sense of him as a person and his personality by reading his biography. Michele genuinely loves what she does. This is evident not only by the finished product but the way she goes above and beyond throughout the lengthy process of writing a book. I highly recommend Michele. She did everything to ensure we were thrilled with the final result.’

Tony Schiavello, founder of Schiavello — a global organisation ranked as one of Australia’s top 100 private companies — comments, ‘For several months prior to publication (of my autobiography) I had the good fortune of working with author Michele Gierck, whose literary expertise, sound advice and sensitivity skilfully guided me and shaped the story, enhancing my voice on the page. For this I am most appreciative.’

Brendan O’Brien. ‘I’m very pleased with the book you wrote. (A memoir.) I think you’ve done an exceptional job, and I truly appreciate your patience… My sincere appreciation too for an outstanding result in gaining the goodwill and full cooperation of the once reluctant subject.


Michele’s writing career began when she was awarded a mentorship for emerging writers back in 2002. Her first book, 700 Days in El Salvador, published in 2006, is an autobiographical account of her journey from Australia to Central America. According to Jo Case, then Deputy Editor of Australian Book Review, 700 Days in El Salvador was one of the best books of 2006.

In April 2009, she was commissioned by publisher One Day Hill, to do a series of interviews and personal profiles for the book, Peter Kennedy The Man Who Threatened Rome. 

Her latest book, Fraying: Mum, memory loss, the medical maze and me was published by University of NSW Press.

And much to her delight, Michele has been collaborating with literacy and STEM teachers, and children, as she dives into a writing for children project –stories for impact.