Dare I be so bold as to call myself an author? Being that I’m one of those freaks who attended poetry workshops instead of summer camp during my formative years, yes, I will. While other teens busied themselves throwing parties when their parents weren’t home, I was the nerd holed up in my room with pen and paper.
And a princess–No, I’m not currently on medication for delusions of grandeur. I am a daughter of a King. Seriously. I take the Bible as inspired truth and that’s what it says (Romans 8:16, 17). [from MichelleGriep.com]
Michelle, welcome back to the Writing Prompts blog. Tell us a little about yourself and your background.
Michelle: I’m a reformed chocoholic who lives with my husband, psychotic dog, and the last of my birdie’s that hasn’t yet flown the nest. I teach at a local high school homeschool co-op once a week, three classes: civics, creative writing, and U.S. History & Literature. Way back when dinosaurs roamed the face of the earth and I worked full-time outside the home, I was a typesetter. Yeah. Those jobs pretty much don’t exist anymore. Good thing I took up writing, eh?
Right. I remember that one. But for those who are too young to remember–here’s the definition: “the process of setting material in type or into a form to be used in printing; also : the process of producing graphic matter (as through a computer system).” [Webster’s Online Dictionary]
What genre are your books? What draws you to this genre?
Michelle: I write historical romance with a healthy dose of action and adventure tossed in. Why? Because those are my favorite sorts to read!
Do you work to an outline or prefer to see where an idea takes you?
Michelle: When I first started writing, I totally winged it, not knowing where the story would go or how it would end. That’s a great way to write . . . if you don’t have a deadline! Now that I have contracts lined up in a row, I need to create an outline for each story just to save time and keep on track.
That’s good advice, too, for those who may be working under the same time constraints.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
Michelle: It depends on the day. Sometimes it’s hard to “feel” creative, but yet I still need to create words that will grab people by the throat. I wouldn’t call that writer’s block, per se, but more like sluggish writer syndrome. Hey, there’s a blog post, hmm?
Oh yes, I’m a little too familiar with sluggish writer syndrome.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
What a wonderful dream! Well, I love the cover of this book (see below). And I’m very curious about Bleakly Manor. I have to confess, I picked up a copy of your book, Captive Heart in our local Lifeway, and I had to be dragged out of the store. The story captured me from the start. Big fan, here! So, I’m definitely going to take a look at this one.
Readers, you can find Michelle’s books on Amazon for easy purchase, or you can find them in stores. Here’s the link to her Amazon author page: Michelle Griep on Amazon
Thanks so much for being our guest for a Saturday Interview. I hope you’ll stop back in next year, or any time you have a new book out.
When CLARA CHAPMAN receives an intriguing invitation to spend Christmas at an English manor home, she is hesitant yet compelled to attend—for if she remains the duration of the twelve-day celebration, she is promised a sum of one thousand pounds. That’s enough money to bring her brother back from America and reinstate their stolen family fortune. But is she walking into danger? It appears so, especially when she comes face to face with one of the other guests—her former fiancé, BENJAMIN LANE.
Imprisoned unjustly, Ben wants revenge on whoever stole his honor. When he’s given the chance to gain his freedom, he jumps at it—and is faced with the anger of the woman he stood up at the altar.
Brought together under mysterious circumstances for the Twelve Days of Christmas, Clara and Ben discover that what they’ve been striving for isn’t what ultimately matters. What matters most is what Christmas is all about . . . love.
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