Michelle spent her early childhood years living in the suburb of Redcliffe near the domestic airport in Perth Western Australia. At age nine Michelle her parents and three sisters moved out to an old vineyard in the Swan Valley. When her parents marriage ended her father moved out and their mother and her sisters moved to Bassendean. Leaving school at fifteen meant a return to study in later life. In her mid thirties and with two young children and part time work Michelle completed her mature age entry for university. Once graduating from Edith Cowan University with a Bachelor of Social Science (Children Studies) Michelle enrolled directly into a Bachelor of Social Work at the University of WA. On completion Michelle commenced work as a Social Worker in 2001 and remains in that profession fifteen years later. Michelle completed further study when offered sponsorship for a Graduate Certificate in Child Protection Practice. Michelle knows that one person can only do so much but writes 'Burning the Vines' in the hope of creating awareness of the impact violence has on families in general and children in particular.