I have a special guest vising with us today! Grab a hot drink and a chair and settle in for a fun interview. Allow me to introduce our Author guest, Michelle Griep.
I hear voices. Loud. Incessant. And very real. Which basically gives me two options: choke back massive amounts of Prozac or write fiction. I chose the latter. Way cheaper. I’ve been writing since I discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. I seek to glorify God in all that I write…except for that graffiti phase I went through as a teenager. Oops. Did I say that out loud?
Join us as we chat about Michelle’s latest released book, The Innkeeper’s Daughter. For those not familiar with this wonderful story, be sure to click here to read my review.
Dover, England, 1808: Officer Alexander Moore goes undercover as a gambling gentleman to expose a high-stakes plot against the king—and he’s a master of disguise, for Johanna Langley believes him to be quite the rogue. . .until she can no longer fight against his unrelenting charm.
All Johanna wants is to keep the family inn afloat, but when the rent and the hearth payment are due at the same time, where will she find the extra funds? If she doesn’t come up with the money, there will be nowhere to go other than the workhouse—where she’ll be separated from her ailing mother and ten-year-old brother.
Alex desperately wants to help Johanna, especially when she confides in him, but his mission—finding and bringing to justice a traitor to the crown—must come first, or they could all end up dead.
Welcome, Michelle! I’m so happy to have you here chatting with us today about The Innkeeper’s Daughter. Let’s start out with a few getting to know you questions, and then we’ll dive right into the book.
Q: Are you a coffee or tea drinker?
Michelle: Yes. Both. But I had to switch to decaf recently.
Trisha: I too enjoy both coffee and tea.
Q: What is your favorite dessert?
Michelle: Anything chocolate. Dark’s my favorite but I won’t snub milk.
Trisha: Yes! Love chocolate!
Q: What would be your dream vacation?
Michelle: England . . . which I happen to be going to in May! Woohoo! And my favorite place in all of England is Ironbridge. It’s like visiting the Shire.
Trisha: That’s wonderful! Do you have enough room for a stowaway?! I’m sure that you will have a marvelous time!
Q: If they were to make a movie of The Innkeepers Daughter, who would you choose to play the hero & heroine?
Michelle: Alexander Moore is Chris Hemsworth, and Johanna Langley is Rachel Weisz.
You can see their pictures plus the other characters at my Pinterest board: https://www.pinterest.com/michellegriep/the-innkeepers-daughter/
Trisha: I enjoy seeing all the wonderful pictures you collected for your inspiration board on Pinterest!
Q: Where did your inspiration for The Innkeepers Daughter come from?
Michelle: I visited Dover a few years back. Roaming the white cliffs and following old smuggler trails made me wonder what those smugglers might be like.
Trisha: I can almost picture you there!
Q: Did you have a favorite character while writing The Innkeepers Daughter?
Michelle: Lucius Nutbrown, hands down. Who wouldn’t want to talk only through a puppet?
Trisha: He was quite the unique character!
Q: Did anything surprise you during your research for The Innkeepers Daughter?
Michelle: Learning about Congreve rockets was super interesting. I love the tie-in with America as they were used during the war of 1812, and that’s where we get the line in the Star Spangled Banner “and the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air.”
Trisha: Learning about those rockets is interesting!
Q: What books/stories are you currently working on and how long till we can read more?!
Michelle: Thatcher is the spy-sidekick of Alex in The Innkeeper’s Daughter and now I’m working on his story (which will be the 3rd and final Bow Street Runner book). Here’s a blurb:
Life couldn’t be better for Abigail Gilbert—but it’s been a long time in coming. Having lived with a family who hated her, it’s finally her time for love. Abby sets off on a journey across England to marry one of the most prestigious gentlemen in the land—until highwaymen upset her plans and threaten her life.
Horse patrol captain Daniel Thatcher arrives just in time to save Abby. But she’s simply another victim in a job he’s come to despise. Tired of the dark side of humanity, he intends to buy land and retire.
Abby pleads with him to escort her for the rest of her journey. He refuses—until she offers him something he desperately needs to achieve his goal . . . money. Delivering her safely will give him more than enough to buy property.
So begins an impossible trek for the cynical lawman and the proper lady. Each will be indelibly changed by the time they reach her betrothed, if they don’t kill one another first—or fall in love.
Trisha: I’m so happy that Daniel Thatcher is getting his own story! I can’t wait to read all about his adventure! Thank you again, Michelle for taking time out of your busy writing schedule to visit with us today.
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