August 11, 1980 |
San Fernando Valley, California, U.S.
Michelle Moran (born August 11, 1980) is an American novelist. She was born in California's San Fernando Valley. She took an interest in writing from an early age, purchasing Writer's Market and submitting her stories and novellas to publishers from the time she was twelve. When she was accepted into Pomona College she took as many classes as possible in British Literature, particularly Milton, Chaucer, and the Bard. She majored in English while she was there. Following a summer in Israel where she worked as a volunteer archaeologist, she earned an MA from the Claremont Graduate University.
Moran has traveled around the world, and her experiences at archaeological sites were what inspired her to write historical fiction. A public high school teacher for six years, Moran is currently a full-time writer living in California.
Moran is the author of the national bestselling historical fiction novels Nefertiti, The Heretic Queen, and Cleopatra's Daughter. Her fourth book, Madame Tussaud, was optioned by Gaumont for a miniseries in 2011. Michael Hirst is writing the script. Moran's fifth book, "The Second Empress," explores the lives of the women in Napoleon Bonaparte's world. Moran is currently working on her sixth and seventh books, both of which will be set in India.
- Nefertiti: A Novel (2008) This novel tells the story of Nefertiti's sister Mutnodjmet and the events of Nefertiti's marriage to Prince Amunhotep until the time of her death.
- The Heretic Queen (2009) This novel tells the story of Nefertari, wife of Ramesses the Great and niece of the "heretic queen", Nefertiti.
- Cleopatra's Daughter (2009) This novel tells the story of Cleopatra Selene and Alexander Helios, the twin children of Cleopatra VII and Mark Antony, in the aftermath of the great queen's death as well as living in Rome in the court of Octavian.
- Madame Tussaud: A Novel (February 2011) This novel tells the story of Marie Grosholtz, the future "Madame Tussaud", and her rise to prominence as a wax artist during the French Revolution.
- hardback Berkley, 2005, ISBN 978-0-307-38174-3.
- paperback Crown; 1 edition, 2009, ISBN 978-0-307-38176-7.
- hardcover Crown; 1 edition, 2009, ISBN 978-0-307-40912-6.