Hi Michelle! How long have you been writing?
Michelle: Since I first discovered Crayolas and blank wall space. Professionally, though, for the past fifteen years.
Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?
Michelle: I adore history. Not that I’d want to go back and live when outhouses were your only choice, mind you. So in lieu of that, I decided to write about it instead.
What are some of the references you used while researching your book?
Michelle: My best reference is a man named Hugh Lambert. He’s one of the curators at the Cherokee Museum in South Carolina. It’s a small museum, but he’s a huge wealth of information.
As for book references, The Carolina Backcountry on the Eve of Revolution: The Journal and Writings of Charles Woodmason, was so valuable to me because it was written by a fellow at the time who was an itinerant reverend. He traveled the back country and wrote details in his journal, noting not only the flora and fauna but the people as well.
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
Michelle: Traveling to South Carolina and hiking the same area that my hero would’ve trekked. It’s gorgeous country, all lush and green.
What do your plans for future projects include?
Michelle: Currently I’m working on a 3 book Victorian Christmas series called Once Upon a Dickens Christmas. Here’s a blurb for the first book, 12 Days at Bleakly Manor. . .
Imprisoned unjustly, BENJAMIN LANE wants nothing more than freedom and a second chance to claim the woman he loves—but how can CLARA CHAPMAN possibly believe in the man who stole her family’s fortune and abandoned her at the altar? Brought together under mysterious circumstances for the Twelve Days of Christmas, each discovers that what they’ve been striving for isn’t what ultimately matters . . . and what matters most is love.
Thanks for taking time to drop by, Michelle!
The Captive Heart
On the run from a cruel British aristocratic employer, Eleanor Morgan escapes to America, the land of the free, for the opportunity to serve an upstanding Charles Town family. But freedom is hard to come by as an indentured servant, and downright impossible when she’s forced to agree to an even harsher contract—marriage to a man she’s never met.
Backwoodsman Samuel Heath doesn’t care what others think of him—but his young daughter’s upbringing matters very much. The life of a trapper in the Carolina back country is no life for a small girl, but neither is abandoning his child to another family. He decides it’s time to marry again, but that proves to be an impossible task. Who wants to wed a murderer?
Both Samuel and Eleanor are survivors, facing down the threat of war, betrayal, and divided loyalties that could cost them everything, but this time they must face their biggest challenge ever . . . Love.
Michelle Griep’s been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. She is the author of historical romances: THE CAPTIVE HEART, BRENTWOOD’S WARD, A HEART DECEIVED, UNDERCURRENT and GALLIMORE, but also leaped the historical fence into the realm of contemporary with the zany romantic mystery OUT OF THE FRYING PAN. If you’d like to keep up with her escapades, find her at www.michellegriep.com or www.writerofftheleash.blogspot.com or stalk her onFacebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.