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Happy New Year!  2020 already.  Time flies when you get old.  The years are zipping by for me now.  Blink and there goes 2019 and into 2020.  For my blog this year, I do have one resolution that I will be making and fingers crossed, keeping!  To grow my blog bigger.  So that means working harder to get more amazing stuff in front of you guys.
No time like the present!  Each month I’ll be highlighting an author and their work.  To kick off this event, we have the talented Michelle Deerwester – Dalrymple.  Thank you for taking the time out of your writing schedule to sit in the hot seat and answer 6 questions.
The Jewel of The Glen is her latest work, it came out on December 20th, 2019.  So if you haven’t picked it up, it’s not too late.  Don’t forget to check out the rest of Michelle’s writing.
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What happens with a striking beauty finds herself at the mercy of kings and lords?

When Caitrin MacCollough returns to her brother’s lands, she believes she has found a safe haven, a sanctuary.
A striking beauty, one that is legendary in the Highlands, she attracts attention from everyone, including the king of Scotland, Sir Robert the Bruce. But after a lifetime of loneliness, the pandemonium of Clan MacCollough doesn’t sit well with the young Caitrin. To hide from all the chaos, she often hides her looks and retreats to animals in the barn, finding peace and quiet.

When the King decides that a beauty such as Caitrin shouldn’t be hidden away, but instead used as a bartering chip to make alliances with another Highland chieftain, panic consumes her.

With the help of the MacCollough giant, Torin, they embark on a radical, secret plan that amounts to treason. To accomplish this task, however, Torin must give up his own solitary life and do something he hasn’t done in years: open his heart to another.

They believe their secret plan successful, only they don’t know an English Earl has his own plans for the Scottish lass.
Amid a rich backdrop of fighting to reclaim a nation and a crown for Robert the Bruce, Caitrin and Torin must rely on each other to survive.

Can they open their darkest hearts and find love with one another? Start this exciting, passionate series today!

Michelle is an award-winning author, college professor, wife, and mom of five. She has been writing since she was five, when she wrote funny short stories about her family. To Dance in the Glen is her first major piece of historical romantic fiction. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and writing. She is presently at work on book 5 of the series.
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1.  What inspired your book, The Jewel of the Glen: The Glen Highland Romance and who inspired the characters?
I have always had a fierce passion for historic romances, especially Scottish romance.   I started with Book 1: To Dance in the Glen, about 15 years ago to write my own, but it just sat on a shelf until last year. Once I decided to do something with it, a historian friend made a few recommendations, which started me on researching Robert the Bruce more. His journey served a the back ground for books 1-3, but we finally get to really meet him and join his army in this book.  But I don’t write war books, and when I introduced Torin and Caitrin as characters in a previous book, I knew I would come back to each of them.  This is their book. 
2.  Besides fame and fortune, what swayed you to write? 
Ha, ha. I have always written — I started with short stories as a kid, then I got accepted into college writing a poem as one of my essays. As a grad student and a college professor, my writing focused more on academics for a long time. I think that’s why it took me so long to get here.
3.  We’ll be starting a new year and I’ve seen lots of posts about new years’ resolutions. Do you have anything special that you’ll be focusing on this year? 
Work out more, diet, save money . . . Lol.   I have a book plan that I am forming resolutions about.  And to spend more time on myself and family. 
4.  What famous author do you wish would be your mentor?
Either Diana Gabaldon or Stephen King. I love both of their writing styles, structures, and voice.  I have a bit of a mentor right now with Kathryn Le Veque who I was fortunate to bump into at a writing retreat and I am grateful for that beyond measure. 
5. Describe a typical writing day.  Writing in the morning?  Evening?  Music, no music? 
Usually whenever I can grab time — I bring my iPad with the keyboard almost everywhere.  Usually at night is when I get the most work done. I’m a night owl. But during finals, I bring my iPad and type away as the students take their tests! 
6.  If you could choose three people to invite for a dinner party, who would they be and why?
Holy cow! Well, Diana Gabaldon and Stephan King of course. Then probably a major mover and shaker from history — Queen Elizabeth or Eleanor Roosevelt?  — because they ran the most powerful countries in their times. I would love to know how that changed them, shifted their perspectives. 
Would you like to be in the hot seat an answer 6 burning questions??  HMU @ 6feetunderbooks@gmail.com
Thanks again to Michelle for stopping by and don’t forget to check out her book.  Available now – The Jewel of the Glen!
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