Friday, July 8, 2011

Author Focus: Michele Scott

We've had the pleasure of working with Michele Scott for a while now. Her most recent novel, Happy Hour, has been our go-to selection for summer reading - not only because it came out just as people were planning their summer activities, but because it embodies so much of what the season is about - rest and relaxation among friends and family despite the hectic and often overwhelming circumstances of daily life. We can't talk about the book enough, as it's four-storied narrative, recipes and wine pairings, and book club questions make it an ideal subject for any friendly summer get-together.

It's no surprise that such a multi-layered novel was the brain child of Michele Scott. She has been writing since she was nine years old, drafting short stories on her father's notepads. After attending the University of Southern California, Michele began her writing career while starting a family. Her Wine Lovers Mystery Series, released through Berkeley Publishing Group (Penguin/Putnam), quickly became a bestseller in its genre, helping to establish the popularity of the cozy mystery subgenre both here in the United States and around the world.

Michele currently lives with her husband and three children outside of San Diego, where she pursues her other passion - raising horses - while writing multiple novels every year. Many of those books have been released under her penname, A.K. Alexander, and several have become Kindle bestsellers across the pond. Michele seems comfortable writing mysteries, thrillers, children's fantasy, or traditional fiction. And therein lies her true appeal. Because regardless of the genre, Michele knows a good story when she sees it.

If you want to find out more about Michele's writing and life, be sure to visit her website. And pick up a copy of Happy Hour while you're at it!

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