Romance and non-fiction author Michelle McLean spent 98% of her formative years with her nose in a book indulging in her love of reading and research. Expanding that love into writing was inevitable. Michelle has a B.S. in History, a M.A. in English, and tends to be a bit of an organized mess with an insatiable love of books and more weird quirks than you can shake a stick at.
She is the author of the historical romances To Trust a Thief and the Blood Blade Sisters trilogy, the non-fiction Homework Helpers: Essays and Term Papers, and several upcoming historical, paranormal, and contemporary romances. She is also a contributor on The Naked Hero, and the Operation Awesome, Scene 13, and Scandalous book blogs as well as maintaining her personal blog. If she's not editing, reading or chasing her kids around, she can usually be found in a quiet corner working on her next book. Michelle resides in PA with her husband and two young children, an insanely hyper dog, and two very spoiled cats.
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A woman with a past
Widowed mother, Brynne Richardson, gave up her bandit activities when she left California to make a fresh start with her young daughter in Boston. Working for a handsome doctor fulfills her need to be useful and independent, but he creates another yearning she cant deny.
A man with a purpose
Dr. Richard Oliver assumes Brynne is just another debutante hunting for a rich husband, until she intrigues him with her steady hand for stitchesand guns. He cant put her out of his mind, but the young widow has mysteries hes determined to unravel.
A love in danger
When smugglers raid the much-needed supplies from the clinic, Brynne must resurrect her bandit persona for the good of the sick and the poor. Her secret life threatens to destroy everything shes worked so hard to protecther life, her family and her heart.
Q) What inspired you to write this story?
It’s the second book in the Blood Blade series, so it wasn’t a particular thing that inspired me necessarily, as it was just what came next in the series :) I did listen to a lot of sad music to get in the mood though :) Silent Lucidity from Queensryche mostly. This story was actually the hardest of the trilogy to write. Brynne is utterly heartbroken. Her husband was killed in the first book, she’s gone to Boston to try and start a new life and it’s just not going well for her. She’s just so very, very sad. I needed her to be happy again…after a few more setbacks :) And it wasn’t always easy to do :)
Q) How long did it take you to write?
As hard as it was to write this one, it was actually the fastest book I’ve ever written. It only took about 3 weeks for the first draft :)
Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
Editing/revising. I LOVE taking my “finished” manuscript and polishing it up, going over each scene, and sometimes just a specific word, and finding the exact right way to say something. I’m a very fast reviser, mostly because when edits come in, I’m just obsessed with working on them and can sit all day fine tuning things.
Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
The first draft. Which is probably a bit odd as that is technically the “writing” part of writing. But I’m always impatient to get to the revising stage :D I wish there was a way to get the story from my head to the page without the in between “writing” stage :D Those blank pages just sitting there waiting for me to fill them….*shudder*
Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
Oh wow…hmmm….maybe Nathan Fillion so I could look at myself in the mirror all day and admire the fact that I really am ruggedly handsome ;-D (any Castle fans out there ;) ) Actually, I’d love to be someone like Charlotte Church or Sarah Brightman – I love to sing but I’m really bad at it. It would be amazing to be able to sing like they do :)
Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
LOL! Oh, I’m afraid to go look :D I’ve pretty much been in the deadline zone for about a year with one project or another, so I know there are quite a few leftovers in there that really shouldn’t be anymore. My poor kids have learned to come ask me if they can eat something first after several rounds of me screaming “don’t eat that, it’s been in there forever!!” Hmmm I think it’s a jar of jelly that has probably been in there a good year or more. My kids don’t like jelly…I think I bought it to try and get them on the PB&J wagon.
Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
I have several fun things coming up. First up is a fun zombie book set in the near future Las Vegas :D It was a blast to write. And the final book of the Blood Blade Sisters trilogy will be releasing this fall. I also have a fairy tale retelling series in the works and a historical whose main character is a bootlegger in the 1920’s :D
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