Michelle (Gee) Schlicher ‘06

Class: 2005, journalism and mass communication

Then: Reporter at Ames Tribune, Intern at Southern Bride Magazine

Now: Author

“I didn’t know what I was getting myself into.”

Determined to follow her dreams of becoming the next J.K. Rowling, Michelle Schlicher, ’06, sat down in her workspace and began writing her first-ever novel, not knowing quite where it would take her.

Back in her undergrad days, Schlicher pursued her love of writing at the Ames Tribune, then set off to intern with Southern Bride Magazine in Memphis for a summer. Following her ISU graduation, Gee worked as a freelance writer and editor for the Meredith Corporation in Des Moines, and served as marketing manager for the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Wanting to get involved in her community and do something positive, Schlicher mentored a young girl from the age of 12 all the way to her high school graduation. After the close bond she developed with her, Schlicher wrote “The Blue Jay,” her first novel, self-published in 2015. Since then, she’s penned and published “Gracie’s Song”, “Come This Way” and “Me & Milo the Great.” The books dive into themes of family, friendship, coming of age and everything in between, drawing from every aspect of Schlicher’s life. No. 5 is in the works.

In the meantime, the stay-at-home-mom’s plans involve driving her daughters to volleyball camp, helping them learn to play the violin and cheering on her husband, Justin Schlicher, ’05, as he’s coaching his track and cross country teams in Ankeny.

“I don’t know how long it will go on for, but it seems to be working out,” said Schlicher. “You know, just until I start getting those movie offers.”

By Abby Patterson