What it says on the tin really. I’m asking for funding. It’s that simple, I need help.
Name: D Michelle Gent – known by various friends, colleagues and acquaintances as Michelle, Shell, Mich, Chelle and universally – Trouble – No I don’t know why… that’s not true, I DO know why but I can’t help it, I promise.
I’m a writer, I have a few books out, all of which are Urban Fantasy/Horror. I have seven short stories written too, they are Young Adult Urban Fantasy and I’m getting good reviews all round for all of them. You can check the first of the short stories out for free if you like, here: Dusty the Demon Hunter
Family: Yes, a good, supportive and slightly unorthodox family that love and support me in everything I do.
Life: Ups and downs but more ups than downs, especially the last few years. Although a few of the downs have been cataclysmic and life-changing (not in a good way), we’ve got through relatively successfully.
Reason for this fundraising: There is no room for anything but the absolute truth in this, which is why I’m baring my soul and putting everything out there.
The reason I’m starting this fundraiser is because I’m scared. Actually, I’m not just scared, I’m absolutely bloody terrified. My husband is my life and soul, soul-mate, best friend, companion, rock and wind beneath my wings. Since we met when I was 16 and still at school, he’s been all I ever want and all I ever need.
Three years ago, he had a heart attack. He was underground at the time (he’s a coal miner) and he was alone. He managed to walk, stagger and struggle for almost half a mile to find others who could help stretcher him out of the pit (mine) and help make sure he didn’t die.
The phone call I received altered my life immeasurably. I could tell you how it cut my legs from under me, how it collapsed my world around me and everything else I felt, but I’m sure you can imagine the helplessness and utter despair I experienced when I was told he’d had a heart attack and was on his way in an ambulance to the hospital.
He spent three days there, being checked, observed and helped.
He's on medication for the rest of his life now.
I decided then that I would do whatever I could to make sure he never had to go underground again.
Well, it turns out I’ve not been able to pay off the mortgage, we still need his wage.
This year, the mine where he works has been in trouble, big trouble. It is closing next year and Trev will be out of work – which means more struggle and worry for us.
Rather than hoping that something will come along, I’m getting my head into gear and doing something about it right now.
I’m in the middle of a few projects, at least one of which will be finished by the end of the year. I have the 4th in the Urban Fantasy/Horror series started, mapped out in my head and rattling around in the background. There are a number of themes for the short stories running around, alongside a brand new Paranormal Detective type story. The last of the main projects is the more contemporary, almost true to life story about bikers, set in the 80s. I’m VERY excited about that one, I must admit.
This fundraising will enable me to concentrate more on the projects in my head.
Bear with me, you’ve read thus far:
The utterly unrealistic, pie-in-the-sky goal is to pay off the £90,000 ($153,000) mortgage before next summer.
The wouldn’t-it-be-wonderful, I’m-so-bloody-lucky goal is to raise a (FABULOUSLY) healthy year’s wage of £50,000 ($85,000).
The totally-awesome wage of £25,000 ($42,000) is the next goal.
£15,000 ($25,000) would ensure peace of mind until next summer, allowing me to work on my writing and get at least three of the full novels finished.
£10,000 ($17,000) would allow me to finish at least two of the novels.
If I raised £5,000 ($8,500) – which is a more realistic and attainable goal of course – I could concentrate on getting the 80s project out and give me time to work on other contingency plans for the summer when the pit (mine) eventually closes.
Of course, I’d be grateful for every penny and cent that came my way and I would show my gratitude in a number of ways, so I’m setting a goal for my fundraising of £2,500 ($4,250).
In return, there will be ebooks, printed books – including a full collection of all my works to date, signed paperbacks, hardbacks and limited editions, numbered hardback books. Along with various thank you pieces – bookmarks, postcards, posters, mentions on Twitter, mentions on Facebook, a character named after you, personal thank you in the form of a hand-written letter, PLUS each donator will be mentioned by name on my personal Blog and in a specially filmed Vlog.
Not only that, but my undying and unending gratitude for helping me to keep my family, my peace of mind and what’s left of my sanity intact.
I will also promise to answer every email, post and connection on Facebook and Twitter asking about the progress of ALL the projects.
If you can help, here's the link GoFundMe