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Elspeth McKendrick
Pseudonym/s: Morag McKendrick Pippin
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I didn’t start out to be a writer. But I have always been a voracious reader. An activity which my father encouraged and my mother discouraged because she knew all too well if left to my own devices I wouldn’t do anything else!

Although born in the U.S., I hold dual US/UK citizenship through my Scottish father and English born mother. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, near Seattle, I was very lucky to spend summers in Scotland with one set of grandparents or in Winnipeg, Manitoba with the other set. After leaving college with a degree in Journalism and discovering the compensation less than generous I set out to become a ‘Jill of all trades,’ dabbling in various ventures: bartending and bar management, modelling, travel consulting, bookkeeping, retail and commission sales - and moonlighting as entertainment columnist for a paper in southern California - or as it now pronounced in some circles, ‘Caaalleeefoornia.’

Eventually my prince charming located me and after gallantly sweeping me away into happily ever after, he discovered me one night in bed with his rival – a romance novel. “Unfaithful wench!” he cried. “You read so many books why don’t you write one yourself?”

“Write!” I gasped in horror. “Write? That’s far too hard a job. I don’t want to work that hard! Why, I’d rather dance naked in a strip bar!”

My husband snorted. “‘She doth protest too much me thinks.’”

To my consternation, his idea continually crept into my conscious mind. It figures prince charming would turn out to fit Lady Caro Lamb’s description of Lord Byron as ‘mad, bad, and dangerous to know.’

After learning with various degrees of success to control both my fear of the blank page and rejection, I yielded and set out to pen my first book. Eventually, BLOOD MOON OVER BENGAL was written, refined and purchased by Dorchester one year after its completion.

Oh, by the way, prince charming removed us to Honolulu where we now live over looking Mauna Lua Bay with three members of the purr brigade: Mephistopheles, Nutmeg, and Pendragon.

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Likes: hiking into the Hawaiian wilderness, picnicing on the beach, roaming the Honolulu Sunday market, spoiling Mepher Cat, travelling, reading, and boating - not necessarily in this order.

Favorite poets: Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott, John Donne, Ovid

Favorite TV: BBC, History Channel, A&E, TLC, Discovery Channel.

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