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Michelle Black

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Michelle Black is the author of six novels of the Victorian West, including the bestselling AN UNCOMMON ENEMY. Her latest, Séance in Sepia, debuted in October 2011, and features real-life feminist firebrand, Victoria Woodhull as its protagonist. She in a Queen Anne Victorian home near Boulder, Colorado.

She was born in Kansas and studied anthropology in college. She went on to law school and graduated with honors. In 1993, she moved to Colorado and began to focus on her fiction writing. For three years, she owned a bookstore in Frisco, Colorado, a small town nestled high in the Colorado Rockies.

While researching her first Eden Murdoch novel, An Uncommon Enemy, she began to study the Cheyenne language and became involved in the movement to save our Native American languages from extinction. Her company, WinterSun Press, began to publish a Cheyenne language course called "Let's Talk Cheyenne" in a not-for-profit collaboration with a linguist on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Montana.

She loves to travel and particularly enjoys visiting the homes and haunts of her literary heroes, Hemingways Key West, the Yorkshire Moors of the Bronte sisters, Jane Austins Bath, as well as perennial favoritesParis, Tokyo, Venice.

In 2008, she spent several weeks on a Buddhist pilgrimage to India and was privileged to study with her favorite Buddhist writer and the foremost proponent of secular Buddhism, Stephen Batchelor. The pilgrims visited all the sites associated by the life of Siddhartha Gautama, the historical Buddha.