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. I made my home in California for nearly 20 years and now live in Paris with my husband and son. I hope you will consider reading my latest novel, THE MARRIAGE PACT, which is about marriage under extreme pressure from a powerful organization called The Pact. The book is available in 30 languages, and I love hearing from readers all over the globe. You can contact me through my website, michellerichmond.com.

My previous novels include THE YEAR of FOG, GOLDEN STATE, and others. My new novel will be published by Grove Atlantic in 2021.

THE MARRIAGE PACT is a psychological thriller about a young professional couple who get caught up in a worldw

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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!
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