Friday, March 27, 2015

WRITER OFF THE LEASH - Michelle Griep - One Free Book

Welcome back, Michelle. What would you like for our readers to know about you personally?
I’ve been writing since I first discovered Crayolas and blank wall space. Oh yeah, and about that graffiti incident as a teen? So sorry. So, so sorry. I’ve since grown-up—mostly—and currently write historical fiction in the frozen tundra of Minnesota. I also teach writing and history (go figure) at a high school, homeschool co-op.

Tell us about your family.
My husband and I have one birdy still in the nest—a twenty-year-old who daily rolls her eyes at me. Guess she hasn’t hit the my-mom-is-the-savviest-woman-ever stage yet. I’ve also got two transplants under my roof: a friend’s teenage son and a fuzzy-muzzled brindle boxer . . . the canine variety, not the underpants.

Have you written other nonfiction books?
This is my first toe-dipping experience in the waters of nonfiction. Guess what? The water’s not too chilly, so I just might dive in any time.

Do you have any other books in the works right now?
Currently I’m working on a sequel to my latest fiction release Brentwood’s Ward. It’s about a fellow officer in the Bow Street Runners (first police force in London). Here’s a blurb:
Honorable ALEXANDER MOORE goes undercover as a rogue gentleman to expose a traitorous plot against the king—and a master he is with his disguise, for JOHANNA LANGLEY believes him to be quite the cad. But when Johanna is swept up in the intrigue, Alex must choose between his mission and the woman he’s come to love.

Sounds interesting. What kinds of hobbies and leisure activities do you enjoy?
Skipping the pond over to England. LOVE to travel and that’s where I’d spend every penny to visit. Permanently, preferably. I also love to walk my dog around the bajillion lakes near my house and to rollerblade. Reading is a given.

Why did you write the featured book?
Two reasons. One, the clamor of my blog readers who kept slapping me up beside the head with all their “you ought to put this into a book” kind of comments. Two, a friend who threw down the gauntlet and challenged me to self-pub. Who can refuse a double-dog dare?
What do you want the reader to take away from the book?
Encouragement. There are so many hurdles and roadblocks on the writing journey that it makes everyone want to quit at some point in time. This book gives the reader hands-on life hacks to avoid landing in a writerly ditch.

Is there anything you’d like to tell my readers about you or your book?
Writer Off the Leash examines a few questions that lots of people have, but are afraid to ask. Are you a writer at heart? How can you tell? And if you are, how do you go about composing and selling the next Great American Novel? All these and more are answered in an easy to understand tongue-in-cheek style. This is more than a how-to book. It’s a kick in the pants for anyone who wants to write but is stymied by fear, doubt, or simply doesn’t know how to take their writing to the next level.

Where on the Internet can the readers find you?
Follow my adventures and find out about upcoming new releases at her blog, Writer Off the Leash, or stop by her website. You can also find her at the usual haunts of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest.

Thank you, Michelle, for sharing this new book with us.

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Writer Off the Leash: Growing in the Writing Craft - paperback
WRITER OFF THE LEASH: Growing in the Writing Craft - Kindle

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Cindy W. said...

Oooh, I could really use a copy of Michelle's book. Thank you for the chance.

I live in Indiana.

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W.

Loraine Nunley said...

This is SOOO going on my writing resources TBR list! Thanks for the interview and giveaway!!

Loraine in TX

Rebecca said...

Thank you for the chance to win this book.
Rebecca in Oregon

Michelle Griep said...

Thanks for the smiles and blessings, Cindy!
Loraine, happy to be on your TBR list!
Rebecca, you are very welcome!

KayM said...

I would love to win this book for my son-in-law.

Michelle Griep said...

Here's hoping you win, but if not, there's a great idea for a birthday present, eh?

Barb Szyszkiewicz said...

This sounds great! Encouragement is much needed. Fear is my biggest obstacle right now.
Barb in NJ

Angela Holland said...

This looks like a good book to use in my writing. Thank you for the chance to win. I live in St. Cloud, FL

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me in this great giveaway!!
Conway, SC.

Gail Kittleson said...

Writing encouragement! Oh yeah, bring it on…I know a hoard of folks who could benefit from your book,
Michelle. Thanks for publishing it.

Gail K.

Patricia Bradley said...

I would love to win this. Ane says it's a hoot to read besides teaching you something!

Patricia in Mississippi

Melissa M. said...

I'd LOVE to win this!

-Melissa M. in TN

Anonymous said...

Love your sense of humor.

Julie (WI)