Interview with Elizabeth St. Michel

Published 2014-09-14.
How do you get your ideas?
A: Concepts and inspiration come far and wide. Sometimes hiking in the mountains behind my home, and listening to the east wind call to the west wind. Sometimes walks beneath undulating palms, listening to the rhythmic sounds of gentle surf beat upon a golden crescent of sand. Sometimes sipping coffee while my family gathers or sitting in a crowded airport. As often as not, I feel the total of life’s experiences becomes a bridge to ideas.
Do you find it a challenge to put your ideas into a novel?
A: With every book I write, I challenge myself with a situation I have never written about before, and that’s when I have to do a lot of planning and dreaming. That’s the most fun part of the job. The difficult part follows. Standing on the edge of an abyss, I hold my breath to get those initial words flowing in order to cross the divide. Over time, I have discovered the real essence of writing a completed novel is concentration and self-discipline.
What inspires your writing muse?
A: I wish I knew. I would bottle the formula and sell it for a good price.
If your book was turned into a movie, what actor and actress would you choose to play your hero and heroine?
A: I don’t know, but for my director, I would like to clone a hybrid of James Cameron, (Titanic), J.J. Abrams, (Star Trek Into Darkness), Nick Cassavetes, (The Notebook), and Joe Wright, (Pride and Prejudice).
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Books by This Author

Surrender to Honor
Series: Surrender Series. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 84,140. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Historical » General
A stunning spy thriller and moving account of two people who are drawn into the greatest conflict of our American history. A Union spy facing death. A Southern belle he can’t trust… Desire can be the ultimate danger.
Lord of the Wilderness
Series: Duke of Rutland Series. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 93,670. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Colonial America
Patriot spy, Lord Joshua Rutland, gathers information for General George Washington. Posing as a trapper, Joshua travels the territories collecting intelligence—but also searching for the man who killed his beloved betrothed. Lady Juliet Faulkner has been sold into indenture by a cruel baron, sent to America where she slaves on a wild outpost. A blend of espionage and promise of a brave new future
Only You: Duke of Rutland Series III
Series: Duke of Rutland Series. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 82,570. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Adventure » Action
When Nicholas and Alexandra find themselves imprisoned aboard a Portuguese slaver, Nicholas doubts Alexandra's account of how she got there--until a shipwreck forces their collaboration for survival's sake.
Light of My Heart: Duke of Rutland Series II
Series: Duke of Rutland Series. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 53,480. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Adventure » Action
After leaving her troubled past in Colonial Boston behind, inventor Rachel Thorne finds her match in British scientist Anthony Rutland, and the sparks fly as they experiment with electricity together.
Sweet Vengeance Duke of Rutland Series I
Series: Duke of Rutland Series. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 98,310. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Lady Abigail Rutland thirsts for adventure but gets more than she bargained for when she falls into the hands of a rakish privateer during the American Revolution.
Surrender the Wind
Series: Surrender Series. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 96,140. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Historical » General
When fate throws a Confederate soldier and a Yankee heiress together, they’ll uncover a fierce love worth fighting for…even if it means crossing enemy lines.
The Winds of Fate
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 98,310. Language: English. Published: January 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
A woman’s desperate attempt to escape an arranged marriage leads to adventure she never could have imagined in Elizabeth St. Michel’s riveting new novel, The Winds of Fate.