The Bookshelf Odyssey Podcast

The Music We Make: An Interview with author Michelle Rene DeBellis

May 25, 2023 Art the Bookworm Season 3 Episode 64
The Bookshelf Odyssey Podcast
The Music We Make: An Interview with author Michelle Rene DeBellis
Show Notes

In today's episode I interviewed author Michelle Rene DeBellis, the author of the book "The Music We Make." We talk about her book, her writing journey, and how love, music, and family can guide us through pain. 

"She is proud to be the recipient of the following awards and nominations: Literary Titan's Book Award, The Kirkus Star/as well as being included in their "Best Indie Books of 2022", a nomination for the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, and the Pen/Hemingway debut novel award." 

"Surviving an accident that takes his mother’s life, twenty-two-year-old songwriter, Santiago DeAngelo is consumed by grief, guilt, and the opiates he is prescribed for his injuries. "Nearing rock bottom, he receives inspiration for a song from his late mother. As he struggles to write it, he falls in love with Kitty Holladay, a music producer who offers a rare shot at fame with a hidden agenda. Kitty seduces him into the fast-paced world of pop music where he records a hit album while fighting his opiate addiction to write the one song that will help him make peace with his mother’s death. "But when their relationship ends over the betrayal of that song, Santiago must decide the real value of his life in a moment that nearly ends it. "The Music We Make is a story of overcoming our pain to achieve our dreams." 

Find Michelle Online: 
Find out the story behind the song: Get the audio book: 

Time Stamps
 00:00 Introduction 
02:40 What are You reading and the joy of reading 
05:40 Michelle’s Journey to Publication 
10:24 What is it about storytelling that you love 
15:30 Discussing the Music We Make and relationships and overcoming pain and addictions 
19:52 How Does Music Tell a Story 
26:48 Writing Advice 
29:00 The Best and Most Difficult parts of writing 

Books Mentioned: 
Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus 
A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle 


There are 4 ways you can help support the channel!

-Like and subscribe!

-I'm now a affiliate - check out my shop and find your next great read!  

-Buy me a coffee:  

- My Amazon Wishlist: 


Find Me Online: 


Voxer: @artbookshelfodyssey  


Facebook Group Page: @thebookshelfodyssey 

Twitter: @odyssey_podcast

Instagram: @bookshelfodysseypodcast