Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Disney Birthday Bash with Michelle Griep!

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.)


Bluerose said...

Jack Sparrow has to be one of my favorite characters ever!! ;)And I have yet to hear from anyone that didn't love Tangled, which means I have absolutely got to watch it.
Great interview!

Michelle Griep said...

Ack! You haven't seen Tangled yet? Go pick it up. You won't be sorry!

Renee (SteelerGirl83) said...

AHHHHHH! I LOVED Tangled too, I gotta agree that Flynn Rider was a pretty cool hero. I'm glad that I'm not the only one who almost peed her pants laughing LOL! I also have to say that I love the Pirates movies. Have you all seen the latest? I saw it last weekend and I gotta say you don't miss Kiera and Orlando b/c Johnny Depp steals the show as always. I also loved the new character, Phillip. All I'm gonna say is hubba hubba. ;-)

I'd love to win Gallimore since I've been wanting to read it for ages. I really loved Undercurrent so I just KNOW that I'll love this one too. Thank you!

XOXO~ Renee

Sara said...

I've heard that Tangled is SO cute, but I haven't seen it yet! I remember riding the tea cups when I was a little girl and my dad would always make it go so fast that I'd be stuck up against the side of it. That's funny your dad would try to make you barf! :)

I'd love a chance to win this book! s(dot)bofferding(at)hotmail(dot)com

Amber S. said...


Jack Sparrow is pretty stinkin' awesome! ;) Have you seen the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie?

And yes, you really should see Tangled! Love it!

BTW, would you like to be entered in the drawing?


Amber S. said...


Agreed! :)

Thanks so much for doing this interview/giveaway with me! You rock! :D


Amber S. said...


Hahaha, yes, Tangled is a great movie! I just watched it again recently--so fun! :)

And I did see the new Pirates movie!! I am in total agreement about Phillip--oh. my. goodness!!! Love him! ;D

I'm so glad you were able to stop by and enter the drawing, as I know that you haven't had the chance to read Gallimore yet! I know you'll love it, too!


Amber S. said...


Oh, I hope you do get a chance to see Tangled! :) And too cute about the teacups! ;)

Thank you for the entry!


Joy Tamsin David said...

oooh, time travel? Sounds right up my alley. I'd love to read this.

Sara, you need to see Tangled, it was very cute.

Project Journal said...

Pirates. Egads, a woman after my own heart : ) I've gotta tell ya, my absolute bestie in the world and I are dressing up as pirates to go and see this latest installment! Date to be determined still, but we have our outfits! We're tye-ding the shirts purple and writing in glow in the dark fabric paint! Adding a picture of the pirates too! Then we've got eye patches, scary bones necklaces, bandanas, plastic lil gun. The whole schebang, lemme tell you! It's gonna be a riot, but so much fun.

Anyway, I too haven't seen Tangled, as Amber might remember. Just haven't. We don't go to the theaters for cartoons anymore really, too expensive lol. Keep saying I'll see it, but just haven't.

Speaking of time travel, we just watched The Time Travellor's Wife two days ago. It was good! Time travelling is so interesting, isn't it? Obviously you think so or you wouldn't have written books with it as a topic!

Belle : ) Good choice! I absolutely love Beauty and the Beast. One of my all-time favorites. Otherwise it'd have to be....Tarzan...Hunchback of Notre Dame....Pocahontas probably. And the music is sooooo good!

Okay, well speaking of music. I'm gonna go listen to some Disney music lol. Remember the guessing game, Tiny? I miss that. It was fun.
"I don't know if You can hear me. Or if You're even there? I don't know if You would listen to a gypsy's prayer. Yes I know I'm just an outcast. I shouldn't speak to you. Still I see You face and wonder, were you once an outcast too?" What song and from what movie, missy? Do you still have it? You're out of practice.

Anyway, getting sad thinking about the past. Thanks for stopping by, Michelle. Great interview : )

Amber S. said...


Yes! Time travel + great romance + medieval setting = winner! ;D I love this book!

Thanks for the entry!


Amber S. said...


So good to see ya here, girlie! Sounds like you have a lot of fun planned--I hope you have a great time!! I really enjoyed the new Pirates movie, although I confess to closing my eyes multiple times... But my eyes were wide open when it came to the adorable missionary, LOL! ;)

Going to the theaters is getting very expensive, but now that Tangled is available on DVD, I hope you get a chance to see it sometime! :) It's such a fun, cute movie!

And yes, I remember our guessing game! that Esmeralda singing from The Hunchback of Notre Dame? I confess I'm not as familiar with that one... Guess I am out of practice! ;)

Anyway, thanks for the entry, and glad you enjoyed the interview!


Project Journal said...

I have a lot planned, yes, but most won't happen. Story of my life really.

We'll see. It's expensive to rent now too and the only way I get a new DVD is xmas and birthdays, both of which have gone by for me obviously.

Yeah, God Bless the Outcasts. Feels appropriate to me a lot of the time. Well, relateable at least. Not totally out of it, though the gypsy comment in the song was my big hint to you.

Thanks. Talk soon,

Amber S. said...


Well, God has His awesome plans for you that He WILL work out. :)

((Big hugs))