Monday, June 9, 2014

Interview with Michelle McLean, author of Romancing the Rumrunner


Title: Romancing the Rumrunner
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Michelle McLean
Publisher: Entangled Scandalous
Language: English
Pages: 203
Format: Ebook

Prohibition Era Chicago She's worked too hard to be run out of town... Jessica Harlan spends her nights as The Phoenix, the owner of the most popular speakeasy in town. Her days are spent running her respectable butcher shop and dodging prohibition agents and rival club owners who all want to put her out of business. He's worked too hard to let his heart get in the way... When the opportunity arises to go undercover for the Feds to catch The Phoenix, Gumshoe Anthony Solomon jumps on it. But he never suspected the notorious rumrunner would be a dame - or that he'd be so drawn to the feisty little minx. They play a dangerous game of cat and mouse, knowing they can't trust the other, but unable to walk away. While their hearts dodge the crossfire, the mobsters raise the stakes, and even The Phoenix may not rise again.


What inspired you to write your first book? 

I’ve been writing my whole life but never really took it seriously until about ten years ago. I’m not sure why I decided to try and write a full novel. I think I just wanted to see if I could do it :) It took awhile…I wrote half of it in about a month and then real life got in the way and it sat for about 2 years before I finally decided to finish it. I couldn’t let the story go…so one day I sat down and started writing again. A month later I had my first finished book :)

What books have influenced your life the most? 

Victoria Holt was my first literary love. She wrote gothic romances that I just fell in love with. Sweeping moors and spooky castles filled with damsels in distress and dashing gentleman. I’ve been stuck on historical romances ever since.

What are your current projects? 

I’m actually working on two contemporary romances, hopefully for Entangled’s new Lovestruck line, and a new non-fiction. But there will be more historicals soon. Can’t stay away from them too long :)

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? 

I don’t think so. I really love Jessie and Tony and their story.

What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? 

I had some critique partners once really hate a book I was working on. Well, they didn’t hate it, but basically thought there was no plot (well, not one that was interesting anyway) and that the characters were flat. It was very hard to hear, but they were right. And because they were honest with me, I was able to go back and make the story much better.

What has been the best compliment? 

I love to hear when someone has enjoyed one of my books. There’s really nothing better than someone saying they love your story. I’ve gotten some wonderful reviews over the years and it puts a perma-grin on my face for the rest of the day, every time :)

Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers? 

WRITE! No matter what else is going on in your life or publishing journey, find the time to write. Practice will never make perfect (because there is no such thing) but practice does make 
publishable ;-)

What is your favorite quality about yourself? 

I’m pretty optimistic. I have my bad days, but for the most part I’m good at finding the silver lining of just about anything.

What is your least favorite quality about yourself? 

I really need to work on my patience LOL

Is there anything else you would like to share? 

I love to hear from people, so come find me on Facebook or Twitter, review my books, or drop me an email :) I’m also starting up a Street Team that I’d love to have people join. My street team members get first dib on ARCs, exclusive sneak peeks and giveaways, and lots of other fun stuff – check it out if you’re interested.


Michelle McLean grew up in California and has lived everywhere from the deserts of Utah to the tropical beaches of Hawaii to the gorgeous forests of the east coast. The oldest of five children, she is generally an organized mess with crazy eclectic tastes. She has a B.S. in History, a M.A. in English, an insatiable love of books, and more weird quirks than she’d like to admit.



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  1. Thank you for hosting me today! :)

  2. The Prohibition Era is most fascinating to me and I can't wait to read this book... Thanks for sharing!