MBA&M: Please tell our readers a few tidbits about Michelle Willingham?

I live in Virginia with my husband, three children, and a cat who thinks he’s a dog. Cooking and baking are some of my favorite hobbies, and I’m not ashamed to say I enjoy reality shows like “So You Think You Can Dance” and “Top Chef.” I tell myself, I’m watching characters in action. J

I’ve been writing historical romance since 2004, but my first book was published in 2007. Since then, I’ve published over twenty books, novellas, and short stories. My newest book, Tempted by the Highland Warrior just came out this week!

MBA&M: What was the inspiration behind writing the MacKinloch Clan series?


The first book, Claimed by the Highland Warrior, was inspired by the musical “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.” I named the four MacKinloch Brothers similar to the brothers in the musical, after the alphabet: Alex, Bram, Callum, and Dougal. And yet, as I began writing these Highlanders, I discovered that each one had his own personal demons to overcome. Alex is fighting to heal his broken marriage. Bram is struggling to rejoin the ordinary world after having been a prisoner of war. Last, Callum has lost his voice. Each one of these men is a tormented hero, but their heroines heal their scars with love and kindness.

MBA&M: Who would you say influenced you the most in your writing career?

It’s a cross between LaVyrle Spencer and Johanna Lindsey. I loved the emotional intensity and the vivid characters of LaVyrle Spencer, and I own every book she’s written. Each time I re-read an old favorite (Morning Glory, The Endearment, and Vows are stand-out historical romances), I catch something new. She’s the author who inspired me to write and a person I would dearly love to meet.

Johanna Lindsey wrote sexy, alpha heroes who were magical. I happily devoured her books in high school and enjoyed every last one. I loved the way she tackled multiple time periods: medieval, western, Regency—you name it, she wrote it. It’s not easy to write in different time periods, but like Lindsey, it’s something I want to do in my career as well. I’ve just finished writing my first Regency, and can’t wait to share it with readers!

MBA&M: I know the Mackinloch Clan has three books so far in this series,how many more will there be or is “Tempted by the Highland Warrior” the last in this series?

There is a companion novella, “Craving the Highlander’s Touch” which accompanies Seduced by Her Highland Warrior. It gave me the chance to write a story for secondary characters who caught my eye. As far as a last book, I’ve left open the possibility of a story for Dougal, but currently there are no immediate plans. We’ll see how the response is to the trilogy and if there’s a demand, I’ll consider it.

MBA&M: What do you feel is the allure to readers of “Highland Warriors”?

I think everyone loves Celtic lore and Scotland. It’s such a wild, beautiful country with a history of rebels. It’s that independent spirit that makes me imagine a warrior who will fight to the death for what he wants. It’s even better when he’ll fight for the heroine. Is there anything sexier than a hot Highlander who will do anything for the woman he loves?

MBA&M: Please tell our readers where to find you and where to find your latest books?

My website is: and I’m on Facebook daily at: or on Twitter (@michellewilling). I love to chat with readers and friends, and everyone is more than welcome to stop by.

My books are available at all major book stores and online retailers such as Amazon (

Barnes and Noble (

 and Harlequin (

                  Michelle, do you have anything else you would like to add today?

** I’d like to offer up one copy of the first book in the MacKinloch series, Claimed by the Highland Warrior as a prize. Since I love to bake, tell me what’s your favorite dessert to make?**

Thanks so much for having me!

Thank you for spending time with us and our readers today! What an honor to have you today!


Please read the about question from the author and answer in order for a chance to win a copy of “Claimed By the Highland Warrior” by  Michelle!Giveway open from today June 25 until July 2.2012.





Mass Market Paperback:288 pages

Publisher:Harlequin (June 19, 2012)



ISBN-13: 978-0373296989


After years of brutal torture, Callum MacKinloch is finally free of his captors—but his voice is still held prisoner. He’d never let anyone hear him scream. Although Lady Marguerite de Montpierre’s chains may be invisible, they threaten to tie her to a loveless and cruel marriage.

When Marguerite discovers Callum waiting to die, her heart aches for the warrior beneath the suffering—but they can have no future. Yet she is the one woman with the power to tame the rage locked inside him. Maybe he can find another reason to live…for her.

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  1. CHEESECAKE! I make a New York cheesecake that is to die for. I love to bake just about everything, but cheesecake is my favorite.

  2. I love to meet some new writters and Mrs. Willingham is one that I'm going to add to my list for sure.

    About the deserts, I love brownies with vanila ice cream on the top… going to get some 🙂

  3. Julia–Oooh, I love a good cheesecake. Preferably chocolate with an Oreo crust and raspberry sauce!

    I love to bake just about everything. Pies, cookies–any kind of dessert! Peach pie and strawberry pie are favorites.

  4. Banana bread, my great-grandmother's recipe. It's the best.

    I love your books and can't wait to read TBTHW! The cover is SO yummy!

  5. My favorite is the Ice Cream Crunch cake, so easy to make and everyone loves ice cream. And you can change ice cream or add hot fudge sauce or caarmal to change up a little. Making me hunger thinking about it. Second thing would be Butterhorn rolls, they smell delicious and taste so good, to hot for those right now we are going to see temps in the 100's this week…thanks, Donna

  6. Still the basics–chocolate chip cookies! I do love a good cheesecake, but I'm not terribly good at making them. I am however, quite skilled at eating them 😉

  7. Mary–I would love the recipe! You can e-mail it to me: michelle At or post it on my Facebook if you want to share with others. Sounds delicious!

    Donna–what are butterhorn rolls made with?

    Jennifer–I was very blessed with that cover. I just love it!

    Sheila–yum. Anything chocolate is fine by me!

  8. Oh you named two shows that I love! Well I blame my husband on hooking me on Master Chef.

    But I do love to bake so I got sucked into the show quickly. My favorite thing to make (and eat) is peach pie, everything from scratch. Yum…

  9. My favorite dessert to make is something easy and no bake because I'm lazy and not that great of a cook. I found some easy fudge that turned out pretty good, so that's my favorite thing to make. When it comes to eating dessert, that's a different story. 😀 My favorite is pumpkin pie and whipped cream, yum. But don't ask me to make one. 😉

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  10. Hi Michelle, I'm not much into the labor and love of cooking and baking, so I keep things simple.

    Kheer, Indian Rice Pudding. Boil half gallon milk on very low fire. Wash and add rice. Stir often so milk doesn't stick to bottom. Boil will milk is down to half of what you started with. Should be nice and thick with rice now. Add sugar to taste. Stir in couple of tablespoons of crushed almonds, pinch of cardamom powder and a pinch of saffron. Can be served warm or cold. Bon Apetit.

  11. I love this series. I love the Highlanders. By the way, I love making almond and mango pudding. I just can't get enough of them

  12. Hello ladies! **waving**

    Great interview, thanks for sharing with us on MBA&M!

    I have been reading your books since I picked up HER WARRIOR KING, a wonderful book!

    The MacEgan Brothers series was not enough for me, sooo happy you started The MacKinloch Clan series.

    I will definitely LOVE for this series to continue, crossing my fingers that you have one heck of a demand for future MacKinloch books!!!

    My all time favorite dessert is a cupcake.

    I have loved cupcakes since I was about 8 or 9 years old.

    My "must-have" is a lemon cupcake, LOVE lemon cupcakes!!

    Wish you all the best Michelle!

    Please do not enter my name in giveaway, already have book! 🙂

  13. Supru–sorry I missed you earlier. Brownies with vanilla ice cream are wonderful!

    Barbara–I have an easy fudge recipe that's basically sweetened condensed milk and chocolate chips. Mmmm…

    Thanks for the rice pudding recipe, Kantu!

    Kai–sounds delicious!

    Dalila–thank you so much! And lemon cupcakes sound wonderful. 🙂

  14. Hi Michelle. I love your books. I like to make apple pie. It is my favorite dessert.

  15. I think my favorite dessert to make is Apple Crisp. My mother has a recipe that has been handed down and I love to eat it hot with ice-cream. YUM!

    I also have a cat who thinks he is a dog. We found him when he was around 3 weeks old and instead of learning how to be a cat from our other cat, he picked up how to act from our dog. He is truly hilarious!

    Thank you for the chance at winning Claimed By The Highland Warrior. Crossing my fingers here 🙂

  16. After Christmas pudding with loads of rum butter, comes icecream scoops rolled in crushed candy candies, with a decedant thick chocolate sauce.

    I am in deep, deep trouble. Was reading Tempted by the Highland Warrior and forgot that there were people coming for supper. fantastic, couldn't put it down. Love the English twist at the end. I just have to read it again to make sure I didn't miss any thing. Loved it…

  17. Oooh. Ok, so I make what I call a Wonder Bar. It is a package of vanilla cake or blondie brownie mix with chocolate, white chocolate and butterscotch chips and caramel baking squares. It is the richest/best thing you will ever have…but one bite at a time.

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