current work. My latest release is UNDERCURRENT, a time travel adventure back to the Viking age. The idea came from an old family story my mom told me about her mom, Clara Brekke. Sometime back in the early 1900’s, Clara’s father took her two-year-old sister and walked out the front door. Just like that. No bags packed. Not a word about where they were going or when they’d return. Nothing. No one ever heard from them again. As a result, I’ve always been curious about missing people. Assuming they’ve not met with foul play, where exactly do they go? Here’s a blurb: People go missing every day. Most meet with foul play. Some leave the social grid by choice. Still, others are never accounted for…where do they go? UNDERCURRENT is the tale of one such person. Professor Cassie Larson leads a life her undergrad students hope to attain, until she tumbles into the North Sea and is sucked into a swirling vortex…and a different century. Alarik, son of a Viking chieftain, is blamed for a murder he didn’t commit—or did he? He can’t remember. On the run, saving a half-drowned foreign woman wasn’t in his plan. Ragnar is a converted pagan shunned by many but determined to prove his Cousin Alarik’s innocence. He didn’t count on falling in love with Cassie or the deadly presence of evil that threatens his village in Alarik’s absence. UNDERCURRENT is a story of honor, sacrifice, and ultimately forgiveness. It took me about a year and a half to finish this manuscript (but remember, I only wrote 1 night a week). My critique partners ripped it apart, which took me about 6 months to put back together. On the up side, though, the editor hired by my publisher said it was one of the cleanest manuscripts she’s seen in a long time, so not a whole lot of changes were needed at that point. I’ve read it and loved the whole premise – being a modern woman stranded in the Viking era. It’s funny and poignant at the same time. What are your future plans and goals around writing? Goal: New York Times Bestseller List. Plan: Write like crazy. I love a woman who knows how to set awesome goals! Share something you’d like to experience in Minnesota that you haven’t yet. I’ve never been to Itasca to see the beginning of the Mississippi. I’d like to do that. What’s something most people don’t know about you? I hate fruit. Thanks, Michelle, for a really fun interview! Leave a comment or question for Michelle for a chance to win a free copy of Undercurrent.
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