Michelle Phinney-Smith is a writer living in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She grew up in Hartland, and has been writing since she was 6 years old. When Michelle was 5 years old Michelle read the dictionary. Then the phone book. Over the Ramparts is the first novel that Michelle forced herself to finish. It took her six years to write, and a year and a half to publish! Michelle was so sick of worrying about that book so she decided to write something for fun. She asked herself, “Self, if you could write about anything what would it be?” Self said, “Pirates.” You’re welcome. Enjoy the Irish hothead!