• Michele “Micki” Bare is the author of three early-reader chapter books, Thurston T. Turtle Moves to Hubbleville, Thurston T. Turtle and the Legend of the Lemonade and Thurston T. Turtle and the Precarious Puppy (2015, Jan-Carol Publishing). She was born in New Jersey and moved to North Carolina when she was 14. She is a graduate of N.C. State University. Micki spent 20 years in the early childhood field as a teacher, director and executive director. For 18 years, she also wrote a weekly, humorous lifestyles column. Her background includes 6 years in advertising before she took a hiatus to care for her mother. She then worked for a parenting magazine before taking on a part-time writing gig at the local newspaper. She currently serves as the director of marketing and community engagement and outreach for the Randolph County Partnership for Children. Her hobbies include gardening, cooking and hiking. She and her husband, who have three grown sons, reside in Asheboro, NC with two dogs and two cats.


  • Through writing, I endeavor to develop and nurture a love for reading and writing. With wholesome, relatable early reader chapter books and challenging middle grade low-fantasy novels, I hope to inspire children to be better, more compassionate, and more tolerant than the generations that came before them. I want to inspire young readers to unlock their own creativity and follow their dreams.