Michelle Moran 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.
Michelle has traveled around the world, from Zimbabwe to India, and her experiences at archaeological sites were what inspired her to write historical fiction. A public high school teacher for six years, Michelle Moran is currently a full-time writer living in California with her husband.
Moran is the author of the bestselling historical fiction Nefertiti and its standalone sequel, The Heretic Queen. Her third novel, Cleopatra's Daughter was released in 2009. Her fourth novel, Madame Tussaud, will debut in April 2011.
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.