Michelle Moran mixes love of history with writing

Wed Sep 30, 2009 11:51am EDT
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SYDNEY (Reuters) - Michelle Moran never had any doubts what she wanted to be in life -- a writer.

From the age of 12, Moran was writing to agents and publishers and had written 12 novels by the time she turned 18.

But with her 13th novel, she got lucky, and "Nefertiti" was published in 2006 to good sales, which she followed up with "The Heretic Queen," cementing herself in the historical novel genre.

Moran's third novel, "Cleopatra's Daughter," has just been released, giving voice to Selene, the only daughter of Cleopatra and Marc Antony who finds herself at the mercy of Caesar Augustus after the death of her parents.

Moran, who worked as a high school teacher for six years before writing fulltime from her home in California, told Reuters about her writing and love of history and archaeology:

Q: Did you really start writing at 12?

A: "Oh, before that but I started approaching agents when I was 12. I did get some very kind letters of encouragement as I included my age and that really kept me going. I got my first book deal when I was in college but it was published in Germany and I could never actually read it."

Q: How did you get interested in archaeology?

A: "It all started when I was in Anthropology 101 and the professor asked if would anyone would be interested in volunteering for an archaeology dig (in Israel) and I said yes, thinking of Indiana Jones. When I got there it was a shock as they gave us a pick axe and we started digging. I found out I would rather dig through history with a pen."   Continued...