Born and raised in Western New York, award winning author Elizabeth St Michel cultivated her love of books during the long winters and wonderful summers of her childhood, making the region's deep blue lakes and towering mountain ranges her playground. Blessed with a vivid imagination as a child, she constantly spun stories for her young friends, who listened, spellbound, for hours, earning her the title of “storyteller”. From the fleeting glimpse of childhood came adulthood with a variety of careers. The business world dawned, and then marriage and motherhood, all building blocks for a storyteller to emerge as a novelist.
For her…well, it was coming home.
Elizabeth St. Michel is the award-winning and bestselling author of The Winds of Fate. Her second novel, Surrender the Wind, won “the Catherine” and “the Marlene,” the respective Romance Writer’s Awards of Toronto and Washington, DC. She is also the recipient of the Holt Medallion Award in honor of literary excellence in romance writing.
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.
Full of action and adventure, mystery and suspense, and humor with a love and passion as powerful and beautiful as the wilderness. St. Michel’s Duke of Rutland Series is captivatingly fresh, and unblinkingly gritty, balancing war and hardship with amusing, romantic, and vivid characters you will long remember.
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.
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
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.