Michelle Willard is something of an endangered species, a Middle Tennessee native.
Born in Nashville and raised in Rutherford County, Willard is an award-winning journalist who has worked for small local papers, The Daily News Journal in Murfreesboro and USA Today network in Tennessee.
She works as a freelance journalist, specializing in storytelling. She lives in Nashville with her wife and their two dogs and two cats. Like most other Southern ladies, she spends her spare time quilting, growing tomatoes and cooking. Her other interests include adult literacy, history and archaeology.