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Exclusive Author Interview with Michelle Griep

So happy and excited to have Michelle Griep, author of newly-released The House at the End of the Moor, with us today for an exclusive interview! So, hurry up and grab a teacup, slide up a chair, and snuggle by the hearth for some fun questions and answers! 

Q: For question number one, have you always been a Regency fan? When did you first decide to write in that era?

A: I’ve always been a historical fiction fan. Regency. Victorian. Viking era. You name it. I love it. I first decided to write a Regency when I ran across an advertisement in a historical newspaper for a Bow Street Runner, the first fledgling police force in England, which happened to be at their peak during the Regency period.

Q: How interesting! What was the first moment you realized you were born to be a writer? How did it feel? 

A: Hah! I’ve been writing since I first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. It felt like a sore behind when my mom discovered it. Seriously. I’ve always loved to write.

Q: I had a similar experience with crayons! Very funny! All right, if you could dress in muslin gowns and pelisses instead of T-shirts and jeans, would you? 

A: Heck yeah! The Empire waist covers a multitude of sins on your tummy.

Q: Of all Jane Austen’s books, which is your favorite? 

A: Northanger Abbey. I always prefer a story that’s a shade darker and that’s about as dark as it gets for Austen.

Q: What is one thing that annoys you when you’re trying to write? People talking in the other room? The neighbor’s lawn mower outside? Your cat?

A: When I’m out of cashews and chocolate chips…my preferred writing snack. 😉

Q: Sounds yummy. If you could bring one of your characters into existence, which character would it be? Why?

A: Oohh…tough call! Sheesh. REALLY tough call. I’m going to go with Samuel Heath from The Captive Heart, which surprisingly is a Colonial. 

Q: What is your favorite aspect of writing a book? 

A: Editing. I love whipping out my red pen.

Q: Who inspires you? 

A: So many! First and foremost is Charlotte Bronte and Mary Shelley. But of course you must toss in Jane Austen. I do have a thing for Steinbeck and Carl Sandburg as well.

Q: Of all the books you’ve ever written, which one is dearest to your heart? 

A: That’s like picking a favorite child, which of course is impossible. I suppose if you held a gun to my head I’d go with A Heart Deceived because I wrote it during a really tough time in my life so it was a great escape. 

Q: I am currently reading that one and loving it! Lastly, if you could be quarantined anywhere in the world, where would it be? An English manor? A country cottage? Somewhere else? 

A: English manor home with a LARGE library, preferably in Ironbridge, which is my favorite English village in all of England.

Thanks so much, Michelle, for all your beautiful answers! What a blast this has been!

Thank you for having me!

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Hannah Linder is a Christian fiction author, graphic designer, and photographer.

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