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Michelle Richmond

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Thank you for stopping by my Goodreads page! I grew up in Alabama and have lived in California for 20 years (with a recent two-year stay in Paris). My new novel, THE WONDER TEST, a suburban suspense novel set in Silicon Valley, will be published by Grove Atlantic in July 2021. Learn more at michellerichmond.com.

My last novel, THE MARRIAGE PACT, is a literary thriller that examines marriage under extreme pressure from a powerful organization called The Pact. It is available in 30 languages.

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My previous books include the New York Times bestseller THE YEAR of FOG, GOLDEN STATE, HUM: STORIES, NO ONE YOU KNOW, DREAM OF THE BLUE ROOM
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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.

Because I'm al…more
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!…moreI'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!(less)
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"Alice und Jake sind frisch verheiratet. Sie sind jung, gutaussehend und erfolgreich im Job. Zu ihrer Hochzeit bekommen sie eine Einladung, dem Pakt beizutreten. Der Pakt ist eine Gesellschaft die verspricht eine glückliche und langanhaltende, unzertr" Read more of this review »
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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.”
Michelle Richmond, The Year of Fog

“...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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“I never expected to find myself here, on the edge of the continent--childless, possibly jobless, with broken bones and a broken marriage, citizen of a broken country. But here I am, and I must make something of it. That's really the only choice one has: make something of it, or don't.”
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“Remember, it’s your novel, your name, your hours of toil and trouble, so write the novel you want to write. Tell the story you want to tell. But also remember: you want someone to read it, so write a novel that people who do not love you or even know you will want to read. How? Be entertaining. Be true. Be smart. Be specific. Begin with a specific character in a specific kind of trouble in a specific place at a specific time. Get your characters to talk to each other, but not too much. Don’t have them say everything they mean. Have them say things they don’t mean, things that are not true, things that are only half-true. In other words, make them human. Have them do things they shouldn’t do. Have them make mistakes you never would. Have them fail and keep on trying.”
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