Memoir writer, feature writer and blogger.
I am a published memoir writer, feature writer and blogger living in Cape Town, South Africa with my four kids, three dogs, cat and two birds. Diagnosed with a deteriorating eye disease leading to blindness called Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), I am an ambassador for the vision impaired through writing and public speaking.
I write to share my own personal stories and the stories of other’s who capture my interest. I’ve always had a desire to tell stories, and believe that by sharing our inner world and telling our stories, we can educate, inspire and build a rapport with each other.
My journey started in England at the Coventry Centre for Performing Arts in 1989, studying drama and classical singing. At 21 I wrote my first play, which I performed a few years later while carrying my eldest son, and soon after became a full-time mother and home educator.
In 2011 my book, “I left my husband for the au pair”, was published; a multi-layered family story that charts my coming out journey.
I hope my stories provide you with entertainment, connection and inspiration.
Books and Publications
I left my husband for the au pair
I left my husband for the au pair is the fascinating autobiographical account of a British wife and mother whose life is turned upside down when she meets and falls in love with her au pair after an adventurous move to South Africa. Returning to her roots was always part of the plan but Michele never anticipated what might happen when she got there.
Michele Macfarlane was born in South Africa in 1968 and moved to the UK when she was 14 years old. This memoir delves into the issues that are faced during the process of ‘coming out’ and explores the emotional landscape of lesbian women as they explore and come to terms with, their sexuality.
“The Au Pair is a wonderful reminder that any girl can be a lesbian. As a big supporter of lesbians on my radio show, Michele thought I should read her book. I’m glad I did. I found this story exciting, honest and engaging.”
“A refreshingly honest book, I couldn’t put it down. I can’t wait for the next one. I highly recommend this book.”
“I haven’t read such a refreshingly honest book in a very long time and will recommend it to anybody who struggles with their sexuality. In fact, I have given the book to one of my friends whose daughter has just come out and she couldn’t thank me enough. The sincerity and self-reflection of this book should be applauded.”
“Great writing style & the book kept me engaged from start to end. A very honest, emotional and frank account of Michele’s transition from a straight to a gay relationship, while still trying to keep friends and family happy.”