Our second guest this week is Michelle Griep, author of Gallimore and Undercurrent, two amazing time travel romance stories! Earlier this week I posted my review of Undercurrent on The Borrowed Book blog, if you're interested in reading my thoughts on this great book. Read on to learn more about Michelle and find out how you can win a copy of Gallimore!
Amber: Thank you so much for joining us today! Since this week’s theme is “Disney,” could you share with us your favorite Disney movie and why it’s your favorite?
Michelle: Wow. That’s like asking my favorite kind of pizza. Tough call! So I’ll totally cheat and pick a favorite non-animated and a favorite animated…
George of the Jungle is my favorite ‘real people’ Disney flick. I could look at Brendan Fraser’s abs all day long. Seriously. Besides that, though, the story itself is cute and romantic.
Tangled is my favorite animated movie and I can sum up why in two words: Flynn Rider. What a hero! Headstrong and cocky, yet entirely teachable and loyal. The other bonus to this movie is the humor. Hilarious. I rarely laugh out loud, but I almost peed my pants watching this one.
Amber: Those are both very fun movies! Have you ever been to Disneyland or Disney World? If so, do you have a fun memory you could share with us about one of the rides/attractions?
Michelle: I went to Disneyland when I was 7. Being the youngest kid by about 15 years, I was basically an only child. Translation: spoiled rotten. I remember going on the teacup ride, the one with a wheel-type gadget in the middle that is used to spin the cup around. It was my dad’s goal to make me barf. Yes, my family certainly knew how to put the ‘fun’ in dysfunctional. He whipped that teacup around as fast as a tilt-a-whirl on steroids. But ol’ ironsides (my gut) was impossible to break. My dad wasn’t though. He felt pretty woozy by the time we exited.
Amber: "Ol' ironsides," huh? Hahaha, that's a great story! So, which Disney character from any of the Disney movies do you most identify with?
Michelle: Belle from Beauty & The Beast. No, I don’t look that fabulous in a yellow ballgown, and I don’t even know how to waltz. I relate to her because she’s always got her nose stuck in a book, re-reading her favorites and on the lookout for more. Now that’s a kindred spirit!
Amber: I totally understand! Have any of the Disney movies inspired your writing (ie: characters, plot, etc.) in any way?
Michelle: Not an entire movie, but a character: Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean. He’s always doing and saying things that are unexpected, kind of out-of-the-norm for what you’d expect a pirate to be like. Outwardly he looks the epitome of the roguish swashbuckler, but there are so many layers to him that don’t fit the typical pirate stereotype. I use that template when creating my characters. Define who they are and then throw in idiosyncrasies that are quirky and endearing.
Amber: Very cool! Gotta love Jack Sparrow. ;) What do you love the most about Disney movies?
Michelle: Happy endings. I can’t think of one that doesn’t have a feel good finale.
Amber: Great answer! So glad to host you here today, Michelle!
Readers, if you would like a chance to win a copy of Gallimore, just leave a comment for Michelle along with your e-mail address! (U.S residents only, please.) A winner will be announced on Friday, June 3rd.
P.S. Doesn't Gallimore's cover fit so well with the Disney/castle theme this week??
(Teacup ride picture from AllEars.Net, and Pirates of the Caribbean 4 picture from IMDb. com.)