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!


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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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