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We had an opportunity to visit with Johnnie Alexander earlier this month about her novella in The Courageous Brides Collection. (If you missed it, you can find that post here: ‘The Courageous Brides Collection’: Meet Johnnie Alexander + a Giveaway.) I am so excited to have Michelle Griep visiting today to share about her story in the same collection — and she’s offering to give away a signed paperback copy, too! (Woohoo! Another chance to win this great collection of stories!) Before we meet Michelle, here’s a quick look at the book and Michelle’s novella, The Doctor’s Woman.
Ride into adventures alongside nine determined women of yesteryear whose acts of compassion and bravery attract male attention. Marcy helps displaced Indians. Emmy tends wounds at Fort Snelling. Ronnie stows away on a cattle drive. Daisy disguises herself as a Pony Express rider. Elinor becomes an abolitionist. Mae tames wild horses. Hannah gets help for accident victims. Lucy’s curiosity unnerves criminals. Kate nurses soldiers on the battlefield. Will real dangers douse the sparks of love?
My story is THE DOCTOR’S WOMAN ~
EMMALINE LARSON is no stranger to loss. Living in a land as wild as the natives who roam it, she’s lost her father, her betrothed, and when DR. JAMES CLARK crashes into her world, she loses the last thing left to her — her heart.
Welcome, Michelle! Tell us about The Doctor’s Woman. Why did you choose this particular setting, and have you been there?
My story, The Doctor’s Woman, takes place at Fort Snelling, nestled between Minneapolis and St. Paul, right on the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers. I chose this setting because:
- Forts are awesome
- It’s pretty much the oldest thing around my neck of the woods
- I grew up visiting the fort, getting scared every single time they fired off the canon
Forts are awesome. Being scared by the canon, not so much. LOL Do you have personal experience with any of the events in your story, and if so, could you share about that?
I am not a 154 year old Native American nor settler, so clearly I didn’t actually experience the Dakota Sioux Uprising of 1862. But last summer I visited Pike’s Island, the area of the encampment. I was told there was a memorial, so hubby and I donned our bike helmets and set off, determined to find it. In hindsight, choosing a day that wasn’t 98 degrees would’ve been a better selection. Nevertheless, we persevered and roamed the entire area. Wow. I came away a quart short of blood from the mosquitoes and disappointed we couldn’t find the memorial. We stopped at the ranger station up near the fort to drink a gallon of water lest we perish and . . . voila. That’s where they put the memorial. Sheesh.
Mosquitos and 98 degrees sounds miserable, but then to find the memorial at the ranger station… Man! That would be frustrating — but maybe comical in hindsight! 😉 What are you reading right now?
A Flight of Arrows by Lori Benton. Here’s a blurb:
Twenty years past, in 1757, a young Redcoat, Reginald Aubrey stole a newborn boy—the lighter-skinned of Oneida twins— during the devastating fall of Fort William Henry and raised him as his own.
No one connected to Reginald escaped unscathed from this crime. Not his adopted daughter Anna. Not Stone Thrower, the Native American father determined to get his son back. Not Two Hawks, William’s twin brother separated since birth, living in the shadow of his absence and hoping to build a future with Anna. Nor Lydia, who longs for Reginald to be free from his self-imposed emotional prison and embrace God’s forgiveness— and her love.
Now William, whose identity has been shattered after discovering the truth of his birth, hides in the ranks of an increasingly aggressive British army. The Redcoats prepare to attack frontier New York and the Continentals, aided by Oneida warriors including Two Hawks, rally to defend it. As the Revolutionary War penetrates the Mohawk Valley, two families separated by culture, united by love and faith, must find a way to reclaim the son marching toward them in the ranks of their enemies.
Oh! I read the first one (The Wood’s Edge) and enjoyed it! This sounds like another one I need to track down… If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you most like to go?
England, and in fact I do travel there every chance I get. Fort Snelling is the oldest thing where I live, but that’s nothing compared to the history you can find every time you turn around in England.
That’s so true. What we consider old here in the States is new compared to so much of Europe! If you could offer a word of encouragement to an aspiring author, what would you say?
The hard, cold truth is that your first manuscript will likely not ever get published. There’s too much to learn. Too much to know and do and weave together. It takes time and tears and lots and lots of blood.
But if you persevere, I promise you it’s worth it, and not just for holding a book in your hand with your name on the cover (though that is a nice perk). It’s worth it because you know in your gut you accomplished something that scads of others have tried yet quit because the going got tough.
So hang in there. Never stop writing. Never stop learning. Never stop risking and falling and skinning your writerly knees. Eventually it will pay off, if not monetarily, at least in satisfaction and self-respect.
That’s a great perspective! Thanks so much for taking the time to share with us today, Michelle!
Your turn! What’s the oldest thing around where you live? Have you visited the area?
More about Michelle:
Michelle Griep’s been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. She resides in the frozen tundra of Minnesota, where she teaches history and writing classes for a local high school co-op. An Anglophile at heart, she runs away to England every chance she gets.
Coming soon from Michelle:
Proper English governess Eleanor Morgan flees to the colonies to escape the wrath of a brute of an employer. When the Charles Town family she’s to work for never arrives to collect her from the dock, she is forced to settle for the only reputable choice remaining to her—marriage to a man she’s never met. Trapper and tracker Samuel Heath is a hardened survivor used to getting his own way by brain or by brawn, and he’s determined to find a mother for his young daughter. But finding a wife proves to be impossible. No upstanding woman wants to marry a murderer.
‘The Doctor’s Woman’ Giveaway:
Michelle has generously offered to give away a signed paperback copy of The Courageous Brides Collection (which includes The Doctor’s Woman). Giveaways are subject to the Giveaway Policy. If you are unfamiliar with Rafflecopter or have trouble entering, you can find help here: How to Enter a Rafflecopter Giveaway.