by Heather McGovern
E. Michels, I’m so glad you’re here with us today. Ready to dive in? Alright, first question: what was the first romance novel you ever read?
First, thanks for having me here on this beautiful blog! I picked up Johanna Lindsey’s Captive of My Desires in a Barnes and Noble one day on a whim while in between Harry Potter book releases and experiencing withdrawals. I was instantly hooked. An evil pirate, a handsome sea captain and a heroine too feisty for her time period? Yes, please. I went back to the store and bought the entire Malory family series 3 days later and then started working my way through the whole romance section. If a book has a picture of a lady’s back in a ball gown or the front of a ball gown cut off at the heroine’s nose, I’ve probably read it. I love happily-ever-afters and dresses that twirl!
If you could have any super power, what would it be and why?
I’d like the ability to freeze time. Seriously, think of how much I could get done in a day! And if my super powers could include the ability to freeze other things as well, like popsicles or strawberry daiquiris, that would be neat. I’m also pretty sure my super suit would include a hot pink, sparkly cape and a tiara just so you know.
What is the strangest thing you’ve ever researched for your books?
Rare herbal sleep aids available in the early 1800’s and strong enough to take down a race horse within 3 hours– Valeriana Officinalis was the lucky winner in case you’re curious.
If you could live in any time period, which one would it be and why?
Uh, the Regency period in England, duh! Wait a minute, I can take my hair dryer with me and get my Mayfair townhome retrofitted for indoor plumbing and electricity, right?
Where’s the strangest place you’ve ever written/worked on your novel?
On the bathroom floor. Stop laughing McGovy, it’s true.
If you could visit any fictional place, where would you go and why?
It’s a tough call between The Shire and Diagon Alley, but I think I’ll go with Diagon Alley because Hobbit feet scare me.
Who is your favorite hero in fiction, movies, or tv?
Wolverine…oh, I can only pick one?
Describe yourself in one word.
Effervacious- (adj.) qualities of effervescence and vivaciousness exuded in a singular individual. Example: Wow, that Elizabeth Michels sure is effervacious.
What are you wearing?
I’m wearing my empire waist, pink, muslin day dress with gloves and stylish matching hat of course. Isn’t it lovely? *winks* Actually, the family I’m writing about at the moment contains a few fashionistas. They have shamed me out of my yoga pants and tees while writing their scenes. It is demanded that I at least wear capris and a cute top or someone will walk off set.
Why do you write historical romance?
Sometimes I feel like everything I’ve ever experienced has led me to writing historical romance. I grew up in South Carolina, which in some circles can feel like the early 1800’s. *grins* After years of having the proper etiquette for addressing envelopes and serving luncheon drilled into my head in between ballet, drawing and flute lessons I think historical romance chose me. I then did what most historical heroines do and turned my back on the life expected of me and married my love match. I enjoy writing about a time when chivalry was very much alive and men were hairy and powerful. And, in that same time, the women fought for the freedom to choose happiness for their lives and futures which I think makes the conflict between the characters a more dramatic a clash. It also helps that I love England, horse drawn carriages, hats and ballroom dancing.
Thank you for stopping by for this interview, E. Michels. Anything you would like to add before we go?
I hate to be rude, but I was told there would be mimosas…