Michele Drier's new love interest

I have a new love interest.

Well, maybe “love” is too strong a word.

But I’m definitely intrigued with someone I’ve never met.

A few months ago, a pal from high school mentioned an organization called Coursera on his facebook page.  He was talking about taking an engineering course from them.

An online engineering class? That sounded interesting. I wondered what else this Coursera had to offer.

I discovered a virtual online university!  A couple of small drawbacks, though.  No grades and no credits.  The upside? It’s FREE.

It was started by two Stanford professors and is funded by some Bay Area venture capitalists. The website says, “We are a social entrepreneurship company that partners with the top universities in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free.”

I looked at their course offerings and enrolled in two: A History of the World Since 1300 taught by Jeremy Adelman from Princeton and Greek and Roman Mythology taught by Peter Struck from the University of  Pennsylvania.

The history class will come in handy as I continue to write The Kandesky Vampire Chronicles. After all, the Kandeskys began in fourteenth century Hungary following the Black Death.  And they built their fortune in trade, as cloth merchants, along the Renaissance routes through European rivers and the Silk Road.

It’s early days yet and I’ve only watched a couple of the video lectures, but Jeremy Adelman has my attention!  It may have something to do with the fact that I was a dual English/History major as an undergrad, but I stayed up the other night until midnight, watching lectures. Class discussion is a little iffy.  There are 70,000 people from around the world enrolled in history and 50,000 folks in the Mythology class.

Having spent the summer with two married men, it’s going to be interesting to open up to new experiences. Baron Stefan and Jean-Louis, the top-ranking Kandesky vampires are fascinating and I told their stories in two novellas I wrote this summer: Plague: A Love Story and the just-released Danube: A Tale of Murder.  I was immersed in four centuries of Hungarian history and now I can find out what the rest of the world was up to as the Kandeskys were building their trade empire.

There were selfish reasons I enrolled, but it became totally worthwhile a few days ago.  There’s a discussion thread in the history class where we can introduce ourselves and suddenly a comment popped up in my email.  It was from a woman in the Midwest who was taking her first college level course since she graduated from high school—at the age of 49!

What I learn from Jeremy Adelman will be wonderful and information I can put to use in my writing.  But what worlds will open to the woman in the Midwest! And I’m astounded at her courage and heart and thirst for learning.

What an incredible win-win situation!

Check  out Coursera

Book Four of the Kandesky Vampire Chronicles Danube: A Tale of Murder.


Michele Drier was born in Santa Cruz and is a fifth generation Californian.  She’s lived and worked all over the state, calling both Southern and Northern California home.  During her career in journalism — as a reporter and editor at daily newspapers – she won awards for producing investigative series.

Her mystery Edited for Death, called “Riveting and much recommended” by the Midwest Book Review and a Memorable Book for 2011 on DorothyL, is available in paperback at Amazon and B&N.

Her paranormal romance series, SNAP: The Kandesky Vampire Chronicles, is available in ebook format at Amazon.  The first book, SNAP: The World Unfolds, received a 4-star rating from the Paranormal Romance Guild.  The second book, SNAP: New Talent, also received 4 stars from PRG.  The third book of the Chronicles, Plague: A Love Story, was published in June 2012, the fourth, Danube: A Tale of Murder was published September 13, 2012 and the fifth,  SNAP: Love for Blood is scheduled to be released in December 2012.


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6 comments to Michele Drier’s new love interest

  • I thought I saw you on campus… jk.

    I’m taking the mythology course too. And one in Organizational Analysis. My inner geek is ecstatic.

    Of course that meant no new words last night.

    See you at the Student Union Building…

  • Michele Drier

    We can do coffee!!!
    I know what you mean about the inner geek, and this fits all those dreams of showing up in class not dressed!

  • I’m taking the mythology one too! Waves at Lynn. It’s AMAZING to take a course with 50,000 people from all over the world. I’m thinking it will give me ideas for my fantasy trilogy, even though I’m half-way through book three. But you never know… 🙂

  • Oh dear, this sounds like something I would love — where will I find the time? LOL Thanks for sharing though. I’m looking forward to checking it out. 🙂

  • Leah Weller

    You got my attention right off the bat! Thank you for sharing this. I’m heading that way now to look into some classes. Drooling over being able to do this. 🙂

  • Michele Drier

    This is so cool! And no, I’m not getting paid to do PR for Coursera! For me, it was a little like finding siced bread…now to go listen to some myths!