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04 May 2011

Interview with Michelle Griep

Your current Clash hostess is: Michelle Massaro  

Michelle Griep: Java, chocolate, and historical fiction—with a little sci/fi and fantasy thrown in the mix—that’s how I choose to spend a lazy afternoon. On more hectic days, you’ll find me wearing a superhero cape with a large ‘M’ for Mom emblazoned in purple embroidery. I’m a suburbanite, mini-van driving, homeschool mama who grew up in the hood of south Minneapolis.

Welcome, Michelle! Lovely first name by the way. =)  Almost all authors are avide readers first and foremost. What was your top reading pick of the last year?

The Hourglass Door and The Golden Spiral (Books 1 & 2 in The Hourglass Door series) by Lisa Mangum.
Have you learned anything new about God's character through this book?
Not new, but a truth that traveled from my head and pierced me in the heart. My hero Ragnar says to heroine Cassie, as they’re tromping through a dark forest, “Think you I would lead you into danger? Even so, I am well armed.” Those two sentences nailed exactly what Jesus does for me on a daily basis.
I love when He frames his own nature within fictional words, especially when they are on my own page. Okay, what snack do you like to have nearby as you write?
Plenty of dark chocolate and java.
Yummy. Me too! Share something about the book that you think readers would like to know.
My gramma’s sister went missing when she was 2 years old and was never found. Made me wonder what happens to missing people. Granted, some meet with foul play. Others leave the social grid by design. Still…many are never accounted for. Where do they go?
Difficult to make sense of this fallen world sometimes. Hopefully our pain and our history can point others to the Lord. Who is your favorite character you've created and why?
Definitely my hero, Ragnar. He’s in-your-face humble, fiercely devoted to God, and except for the scar on his face, the kind of man any red-blooded woman would drool over.
Michelle, thank you so much for visiting us today. I'm glad to get to know you a little better. Do you have a question for our readers today?
 Many missing people are never accounted for. Where do you think they go?
Readers, remember that our drawing is open all week.  Comment and share our link to get additional entries. Winners will be announced on Friday. Be sure to include your email address. =)
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Mark G said... Wednesday, 04 May, 2011

Thanks for hosting me, Michelle!

mmgriep said... Wednesday, 04 May, 2011

Okay, well, that was weird. I have no idea why my comment came up under my husband's name. Maybe a time/persona warp? Anyhoo, I really do want to thank you, Michelle, for hosting both Roseanna and me.

April Gardner said... Wednesday, 04 May, 2011

Coffee, chocolate, and historical fiction-my kinda girl! I AM starting to appreciate sci-fi and fantasy so I bet your book, Michelle, would be right up my alley. Lovely cape, by the way. That purple suits you. :-)
So sad about your grandmother's sister. I can't imagine the horror her mom experienced. My worst nightmare, for sure. Where do the missing people go? No idea, but they're never out of God's sight and that's our one comfort. Good to have you, Michelle!

Michelle Massaro said... Wednesday, 04 May, 2011

You're welcome, Michelle. =) I, too, am so sorry about your grandmother's sister. I didn't even know how to react to that. As a mother of four, that gets to me every time!

Where do they go? Where can they go and escape the presence of God? If they are cast into the sea even there He is with them. Psalm 139

That is our comfort. Blessings! =)

Michelle Griep said... Wednesday, 04 May, 2011

Personally, if you hear I'm ever missing, just check out the nearest thrift store. I'm probably shopping.

Christine said... Thursday, 05 May, 2011

The historical combined with the fantasy angle sounds so enticing, Michelle. It's a book I want to add to my TBR list. When I read about your grandmother's sister going missing at 2, it gave me shivers. Such a terrible family tragedy. Praying blessings on your writing ministry. I too loved that scene of your characters walking through the dark forest. So true of Christ.
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April Gardner said... Thursday, 05 May, 2011

Michelle,I got your book on my Kindle yesterday and made the mistake of starting the first chapter. Now, I've got the story on my mind and am having a hard time being responsible and working! Thanks a lot. :-)

Michelle Griep said... Thursday, 05 May, 2011

So April....you want I should send you a frozen pizza for din din so you don't have to feel guilty about parking your behind on the couch to read all day? Thanks for the encouraging words!

Michelle Griep said... Thursday, 05 May, 2011

Christine ~ I totally understand about TBR piles. You should see mine. I do, however, hope that Undercurrent will manage to suck the others down to the bottom of that vortex and come out on top.

April Gardner said... Thursday, 05 May, 2011

Michelle, how did you KNOW I was considering frozen pizza for dinner?! LOL!

Michelle Griep said... Thursday, 05 May, 2011

Great minds think alike, dearie!

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