Story Behind the Story: Michelle Griep

There’s an old family story my mom told me about my gramma, Clara Brekke. Sometime back in the early 1900’s, Clara’s father took her two-year-old sister and walked out the front door. Just like that. No bags packed. Not a word about where they were going or when they’d return. Nothing. No one ever heard from them again.

As a result, I’ve always been curious about missing people. Assuming they’ve not suffered with violence or are choosing to remain incognito, where exactly do they go?

And that’s the premise for my next book UNDERCURRENT, coming out May 1st by Risen books. Here’s a blurb:

People go missing every day. Many meet with foul play, some leave the social grid by choice, but others are never accounted for. Such is the fate of successful linguistics professor Cassie Larson. She leads a life her undergrad students hope to attain, until she tumbles into the North Sea and is sucked into a swirling vortex…and a different century.

Alarik, son of a Viking chieftain, is blamed for a murder he didn’t commit—or did he? He can’t remember. On the run, saving a half-drowned foreign woman wasn’t in his plans.

Ragnar is a converted pagan shunned by many but determined to prove his Cousin Alarik’s innocence. He didn’t count on falling in love with Cassie or the deadly presence of evil that threatens his village in Alarik’s absence.

I’m not saying my gramma’s sister is back in time with some pillaging Vikings, but hey…where did she go?

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  • Thanks for the opportunity to share ‘my story’!

  • Sounds like an exciting book, Michelle. I have a friend who’s writing a novel with Viking characters. I’ll have to tell her about this one because she loves Vikings!

  • Thanks, Sandy! And I’ll look forward to reading another Viking story when your buddy gets hers published.