Shannon here: Michelle Griep shares her inspiration for writing her latest Regency Romance, Brentwood’s Ward. Comment or answer the question at the end of any post dated Jan 26 – 30 to enter the drawing for a copy. Deadline: Feb 7th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Michelle:
Deeper Than Skin by Michelle Griep
A gun toting lawman conjures up all kinds of images, most not very attractive—especially in the context of early nineteenth century London. Roaming the streets in shabby clothing. Smelling of gunpowder and sweat. Sporting a raggedy haircut and scruffy beard. Who thinks that kind of hero is attractive?
Me. I may be a freak, but that’s the hero I couldn’t get out of my mind.
What attracted me to just such a man was an old newspaper advertisement put out by Henry Fielding, the founder of the Bow Street Runners. It encouraged the public to send a note to Bow Street as soon as any serious crime occurred so that “a set of brave fellows could immediately be dispatched in pursuit of the villains.”
I wondered about those “brave fellows” and what kind of villains they might come up against, and thus was born Nicholas Brentwood. He’s a little rough around the edges, but inside his heart is fiercely soft. What kind of heroine wouldn’t fall for a man like that?
The kind that only looks at the outside—and so was born Emily Payne. She’s the girl next door that everyone hates because she’s a self-centered diva. Or is she? I’ve always been fascinated by people who appear to be one way, but when you get to know them, you discover they’re not what you thought they were.
Real life example? My husband. We met in high school—while I was dating another boy. Friendly to the point of being annoying, I always said hi to him in the hallways. Rarely did he answer . . . until after high school, when I’d broken up with my boyfriend. This quiet fellow turned into quite the talker once I got to know him, to the point of asking me to marry him.
And so is the case for Nicholas and Emily. Forced to spend time together, they discover that the other is nothing like what they imagined. And that’s a takeaway lesson for all of us—don’t judge a person by his cover.
About Michelle: Michelle Griep’s been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. She seeks to glorify God in all that she writes—except for that graffiti phase she went through as a teenager. 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, under the guise of research. Really, though, she’s eating excessive amounts of scones. Follow her adventures at: http://michellegriep.com, http://writerofftheleash.blogspot.com/
And all the other usual haunts: https://www.facebook.com/michellegriep, https://twitter.com/MichelleGriep, https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=47743174&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile, http://www.pinterest.com/mmgriep/, https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2754194.Michelle_Griep, and Instagram: michellegriep.
About the book – Brentwood‘s Ward: He’s there to protect her. She steals his heart . . .
Place an unpolished lawman named Nicholas Brentwood as guardian over a spoiled, pompous beauty named Emily Payne and what do you get? More trouble than Brentwood bargains for. She is determined to find a husband this season. He just wants the large fee her father will pay him to help his ailing sister. After a series of dire mishaps, both their desires are thwarted, but each discovers that no matter what, God is in charge.
Question: Were you shy or outgoing in high school? What about now?
Come back Jan 30th for Michelle’s excerpt and recipe for romance!