Monday, May 30, 2011

Michelle Griep's "Undercurrent"

Title: Undercurrent
Publisher: Risen Books


Cover blurb: People go missing every day. Many meet with foul play, some leave the social grid by choice, but others are never accounted for. Such is the fate of successful linguistics professor Cassie Larson. She 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 plans.
     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.

1) How did this story come to you?
There’s 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?

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
This book started out with an agent, who pitched it to 3 or 4 CBA houses, all of which turned it down. Vikings don’t fit too neatly into the sweet and/or fluffy category and were a little too raw for most. So I pitched it myself to indie publishers and was picked up.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
I can dance a mean polka. I hate fruit. I’m a recovering Trekkie.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I started a Viking sequel but what might very well be next is a historical that I recently finished. It’s a pre-Regency (Georgian for history buffs) about an opium addict and a fella who’s going insane.

5) Parting comments?
Go for the dark chocolate. It’s healthier.

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
http://www.mmgriep.com/

14 comments:

  1. Hmmmm...I'm not usually a time travel fan, but your premise sounds interesting. Thanks for doing the interview!

    Brandi
    vi2005@aol.com

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  2. Wow - the premise for "Undercurrent" sounds so intriguing! Just the blurb you gave has me wishing I had the book in my hands now so I can read the entire story. I'm glad that you didn't give up on getting it published, no matter what it took. I'm not sure I've ever met anyone who didn't like fruit - but now dark chocolate - on my that is the only way to eat chocolate!

    Blessings to you,
    Beverly
    bgrider2@cox.net

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  3. This sounds like a great book. Thanks. ladyoftruefaith@cox.net

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  4. Curretnly reading Godiva by David Rose, dealing with the Viking era, this book sounds intriguing as well
    In Christs Love
    Michelle
    michellekidwell1977@gmail.com

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  5. This book sounds intriguing. I would love to win. jillpottsjones@gmail.com

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  6. This is certainly a new twist on missing!! Would love a chance to win...margieatmijaresdotnet

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  7. Please enter me! I would love to win a copy!
    I'm subscriber by email and follow through gfc.

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  8. You know why this sounds interesting? Because Vikings ARE interesting. I wish you all could win!

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  9. Sounds like a great read!
    twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

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  10. Intriguing indeed. enter me for the drawing. rdg.rendezvous@gmail.com

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  11. Thanks for the info on your book...I'm always looking to read new authors...just found one.
    JFWisherd(at)aol(dot)com

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  12. this book sounds intersting...thanks for the opportunity to read it :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  13. I would love to win this book. It sounds like a good read.

    Thank you for the chance to do so!

    judyjohn2004[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  14. Vikings and time travel, this sounds like quite an adventure. Count me in please!
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