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Michelle Richmond

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Demopolis, Alabama, The United States
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Thank you for stopping by my Goodreads page! I grew up in Mobile, Alabama, the middle of three sisters. For almost twenty years I've lived in the San Francisco Bay Area. By the time I reached middle school, I knew I wanted to be a writer.

I hope you'll consider adding my new novel, THE MARRIAGE PACT, to your to-read list. This psychological thriller about a young professional couple who get caught up in a worldwide marriage cult that promises them "a happy, lasting marriage" will be out from Bantam on July 25, 2017. It's quite different from my other books, but it was equally fun and challenging to write. I had to let go of all of my notions of "what would I do?" and just let the characters be themselves and get into all kinds of trouble.

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Michelle Richmond I love what Stephen King says in "On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft." "Butt in the chair." Really, it's about sitting down and writing.

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I love what Stephen King says in "On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft." "Butt in the chair." Really, it's about sitting down and writing.

Because I'm always working on a novel, and I'm always aware of a chapter or scene that needs to be either written or revised, I don't really struggle with writer's block. There's no sense of, "okay, what will I write today?"

I do, however, experience fair amounts of dread and distraction. Once I'm IN the chair, the challenge is to actually work on the novel-in-progress, rather than using the time to do other, non-novel work, like reading submissions (for the small press I run), responding to email, reading the news, etc. The news is a big pitfall for me!(less)
Michelle Richmond I'm writing a suspense novel set in a small Northern California town. That's all I can share at the moment, but I'm close to having a first draft!
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“We take pictures because we can't accept that everything passes, we can't accept that the repetition of a moment is an impossibility. We wage a monotonous war against our own impending deaths, against time that turns children into that other, lesser species: adults. We take pictures because we know we will forget. We will forget the week, the day, the hour. We will forget when we were happiest. We take pictures out of pride, a desire to have the best of ourselve preserved. We fear that we will die and others will not know we lived.”
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“...You find a way, somehow to get through the most horrible things, things you think would kill you. You find a way and you move through the days, one by one, in shock, in despair, but you move. The days pass, one after the other, and you go along with them - occasionally stunned, and not entirely relieved, to find that you are still alive.”
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“To be a writer you have to write -- and no academic degree is going to do the writing for you. ”
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Norman Cooper Hello Michelle,

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Daniel
Hi Michelle, I've added The Year of the Fog and 4 of your other books to my to-read list.


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Najma hi! i really like to be friends with you. Well hope to see you again online.PS: do you know an author named Kristi Wright????????????????????????



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Ken Thanks for adding me as a friend Michelle and congratulations on The Year of Fog trade paperback hitting the NY Times list.


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