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Michelle Moran

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San Fernando Valley, The United States



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Michelle Moran is the international bestselling author of six historical novels, including Madame Tussaud, which was optioned for a mini-series in 2011. Her books have been translated into more than twenty languages.

A native of southern California, Michelle attended Pomona College, then earned a Masters Degree from the Claremont Graduate University. During her six years as a public high school teacher, she used her summers to travel around the world, and it was her experiences as a volunteer on archaeological digs that inspired her to write historical fiction.

In 2012 Michelle was married in India, inspiring her seve

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Michelle Moran Absolutely! I just turned in my seventh book (about Mata Hari) but after that I'll be returning to ancient Egypt to write several (long overdue) novel…moreAbsolutely! I just turned in my seventh book (about Mata Hari) but after that I'll be returning to ancient Egypt to write several (long overdue) novels! I miss the ancient world--Egypt in particular.(less)
Michelle Moran A novel about the WWI courtesan/spy, Mata Hari.
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4.07 avg rating — 33,227 ratings — published 2007 — 53 editions
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Cleopatra's Daughter

4.11 avg rating — 25,134 ratings — published 2009 — 36 editions
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The Heretic Queen

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Madame Tussaud: A Novel of ...

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Rebel Queen

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The Second Empress: A Novel...

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Mata Hari's Last Dance

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The Egyptian Royals Collect...

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Child of the Morning

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Before writing each book, I visit the country where the book is set and try to speak with any experts of that particular era (either in that country or here in the US). I spend a great deal of time with my nose buried in research books as well. I hav See Full Answer
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“...we are all sorry when loss comes for us. The test of our character comes not in how many tears we shed but in how we act after those tears have dried.”
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“You'll know if he loves you by how long he's willing to fight.”
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“Sometimes, it is not the kings and queen who make for the most fascinating history but the shadowy souls who happen to be in the right place at the right time.”
Michelle Moran, Madame Tussaud: A Novel of the French Revolution


I'm late, I'm late! Historical fiction is our genre for November. This is a quicky. Last day to vote is Sunday, October 25.

Nefertiti Nefertiti by Michelle Moran Michelle Moran
  3 votes, 42.9%

The Last Kingdom The Last Kingdom (The Saxon Stories, #1) by Bernard Cornwell Bernard Cornwell
  2 votes, 28.6%

Queenmaker Queenmaker A Novel of King David's Queen by India Edghill India Edghill
  1 vote, 14.3%

Gates of Fire Gates of Fire An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae by Steven Pressfield Steven Pressfield
  1 vote, 14.3%

Enemy Women Enemy Women by Paulette Jiles Paulette Jiles
  0 votes, 0.0%

Ahab's Wife, or the Star-Gazer Ahab's Wife, or The Star-Gazer by Sena Jeter Naslund Sena Jeter Naslund
  0 votes, 0.0%

Lady of Hay Lady of Hay by Barbara Erskine Barbara Erskine
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✿ Jenna ✿ Thank you for adding me :)
I just LOVED Nefertiti, so I'll start to read Cleopatra's Daughter very soon (hoping that I'll find The Heretic Queen, too :( )!
I love your work, keep it up!! :D

Eugenia (Genie In A Book) Thank you for accepting my friend request :)
I have your book Madame Tussaud sitting proudly on my bookshelf and it looks amazing!

Laura Lee Just ordered the new book on line. Can't wait. I had really enjoyed the Marie Antoinette book.

Jennifer Williams Wow! Thank you for accepting my friend request. I love your work! And cant wait for Second Empress!!!

message 4: by Natasha (last edited Sep 26, 2011 04:29AM)

Natasha Thank you for connecting with me. I loved reading "Nefertiti" and can not wait untill I can also read "Cleopatra's Daughter". Please check out my blog "Where Every Book = A New Adventure", if you haven't already. I look forward to sharing my love of books with you.

Pamela Hey Michelle...Thanks for accepting my friend request.

Cayman Ilika You are amazing!!! Can't wait for Madame Tussaud!

message 1: by Sarah

Sarah Just heard the news that your book 'Nefertiti' was chosen as Target's Book Club Pick! Congratulations! Love the new cover!

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