The Book that Started it All – Michelle McLean

Today is my publishing anniversary! 6 years ago my very first book, the non-fiction Homework Helpers: Essays and Term Papers, was published by Career Press. And TTaT2 years later my first novel, To Trust a Thief, was published by Entangled Publishing. It’s been a wild crazy ride ever since! I’m the proud book mama of 6 historical romances as Michelle McLean and 7 contemporary romances as Kira Archer, and have lots of fun new stories on the way. I am beyond blessed to get to do my dream job for a living 🙂

I’m celebrating today by editing my newest historical which will be out this summer – How to Lose a Highlander. It’s been an interesting process, one which has involved me reading all the dialouge out loud, to try and nail down the accent. My cats are very amused 😀

It’s been one of my favorite books to research. I absolutely love Scotland. I keep trying to convince my husband to move there. I even checked out the immigration laws once and luckily, because his grandfather was the one who immigrated out of Scotland, my husband is a near enough descendant that he could immigrate a bit easier than other folk. I think if it wasn’t for his older children and our gorgeous grandbabies, he might do it. I’ll just have to convince everyone to come with us 😉

Some of my favorite tidbits from researching this book:


Duart Castle – seat of Clan MacLean (my husband’s kin)

outlander jamie 3

A little inspiration – helllooo highlander!


A little Restoration English fashion (we spend some time with Charles II in my book) Oh, and btw, if anyone loves watching movies just for the poofy dresses, one of Hugh Grant’s early films, The Lady and the Highwayman, has AMAZING gowns. Like this one:


In fact…I might have to go watch it again just to enjoy the costumes 🙂 And Hugh Grant looking like this:

hugh and panthea

Does anyone else have any great period movies with the fabulous costumes? I could spend all day watching them! One of these days, I might have to talk to our own, extremely talented Vicki about making one 😀

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Michelle McLean is a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl who is addicted to chocolate and Goldfish crackers and spent most of her formative years with her nose in a book. She has a B.S. in History, a M.A. in English, and a knack for explaining complicated things to uncomplicated people.

Michelle’s non-fiction works include guides on how to write essays, term papers, literary analysis essays, and poetry. She also writes romance with a good dose of mystery and humor, historicals, and a paranormal here and there.

When Michelle’s not editing, reading or chasing her kids around, she can usually be found in a quiet corner working on her next book. She resides in PA with her husband and two children, an insanely hyper dog, and three very spoiled cats.

5 Responses

  1. Teresa Broderick

    I just love that movie. It’s a bit cheesy in parts but yes the costumes are spectacular and they certainly suit Hugh Grant. I live in lovely picturesque Ireland but I too love anything about Scotland. Had one visit many moons ago and would love to go back, Congratulations on all your achievements.

    • Michelle McLean

      Thank you! Ireland is definitely on my bucket list as well. Looks like such a beautiful country! And yes, the movie is delightfully cheesy 😀 I don’t remember thinking so when I was younger watching it but now parts of it do make me chuckle. But ohhhh the beautiful dresses 😀 And you’re right, Hugh can pull off the whole breeches and heels look surprisingly well 😀