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I am excited to have Michelle Griep back with us today! Did you meet Michelle this past summer when she shared The Doctor’s Woman? Her newest novel, The Captive Heart, sounds so good! Let’s take a look before we begin.
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 backcountry 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.
Welcome back, Michelle! Who is your favorite secondary character in this latest novel, and do you think you’ll include that character in a future story?
While I love the main characters in The Captive Heart, a particular feisty British woman really captured my heart. Biz comes over on the boat along with the heroine. She’s being transported for thievery. She’s a sassy rough-and-tumble kind of gal who takes no nonsense from everyone. But underneath her gruff exterior there is a particular softness, though she’ll never admit to it.
I’d love to do a story with Biz as the heroine. Unfortunately, that one’s on the back burner because I’ve got other projects in the making.
I love those characters who want you to believe they’re tough, but then we see glimpses of a tender side… Why did you choose this particular setting, and have you been there?
I was inspired about the upcountry of South Carolina a few years ago when I was sent a review copy of Keowee Valley by Katherine Scott Crawford. Her imagery of the land during colonial times is breath stealing.
So I traveled there on a research trip—during a hurricane. Yeah. I don’t recommend hiking around in torrential rains and hurricane force winds.
Oh my! Hopefully at least part of your trip was dry! If you could live during the time period of your novel, would you? Why or why not?
Absolutely not. Eew. I barely consent to go camping, and even then it must have a shower and a coffee shop nearby. No thank you to bugs, disease, and outhouses.
Heehee! We do take some of our conveniences for granted, don’t we? What are you reading right now?
For inspiration in the era I’m currently writing, The Price of Privilege series by Jessica Dotta. Her writing kind of makes me feel like quitting, it’s just that beautiful.
For fun I’m reading Beast by Chawna Schroeder. I can’t quite figure out if the main character is truly a beast or just a human. Can’t wait to find out!
Fun! Chawna visited with us recently, and Jessica Dotta’s books sound like ones we ought to check out! Paper or e-reader? There are certainly pros and cons to each. Which is your favorite?
I’m definitely a paper back reader. I love to dog-ear and underline and highlight galore. It’s just not as much fun on an e-reader.
Dog-ears are not recommended on your e-reader. It might void the warranty… 😉 Thanks for taking the time to visit with us today, Michelle!
Your turn! Have you experienced a hurricane?
More about Michelle:
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.
‘The Captive Heart’ Giveaway:
Michelle has generously offered to give away a copy of The Captive Heart. Giveaways are subject to the Giveaway Policy.