Bitting grew up in Pacific Palisades, studied theater at the University of California, Berkeley, and pursued careers in dance and culinary arts before turning her focus to writing in 2001. She received an MFA in writing and poetry from Pacific University, Oregon, in 2009. Michelle holds an MFA in creative writing from Pacific University, Oregon. She is a Ph.D. candidate in mythological studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Michelle is the Poet Laureate of Pacific Palisades and has won multiple grants from the Optimists Club and Poets & Writers Magazine for her teaching work in Los Angeles. A mother of two, she is married to the actor Phil Abrams.