Michelle Burford, a celebrity ghostwriter and story surgeon, grew up in Phoenix, AZ. Before she moved to New York, she sold stilettos during the night shift at Sears in Colorado’s Chapel Hill Mall. Eventually, she became the founding Senior Editor of O, The Oprah Magazine. She has helped to write several New York Times bestselling books, including memoirs for Cleveland kidnapping survivor Michelle Knight, Olympic gold medal gymnasts Simone Biles and Gabby Douglas, and double-amputee Dancing with the Stars contestant Amy Purdy. In addition, she has worked on the memoirs of six-time Grammy Award-winning singer Toni Braxton, Orange Is the New Black actress Diane Guerrero, and her latest, former Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown’s book Called to Rise.
Burford has a BA in English from Biola University, a master’s degree in educational psychology from Harvard University, and spent one insanely humid summer at the Columbia Publishing Course.