Michaele G. Ballard is a journalist who has worked with People magazine since 1999. She has written news and feature articles for a number of national and local publications including the San Francisco Examiner, San Francisco Business Journal, Charlotte Observer, Charlotte Business Journal, Ventures, North Carolina Focus, and Independent Filmmaker. She is the author of Beauty Sleep: A Glamorous Mother, a Woman from Her Past, and Her Mysterious Death. She studied English and Creative Writing at Memphis State University and Journalism at Marin Community College in Larkspur, California. She now lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.