Michelle Richmond

Award-winning, New York Times Bestselling Author

“Michelle Richmond is that excellent blend of teacher and storyteller, possessing the ability to quickly gauge what our students want and need to hear. What makes her truly unique is her compassion for developing writers while keeping them tethered with her honesty and goodwill towards the craft and profession of writing.”

—David Morini, MFA Program Manager, California College of the Arts

Michelle Richmond is an award winning, New York Times bestselling author, small press publisher, and experienced educator. Her novels include Golden State, The Year of Fog, No One You Know, and Dream of the Blue Room. Her story collections are Hum, winner of the Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize, and The Girl in the Fall-Away Dress, winner of the Associated Writing Programs Award. She is the recipient of the Hillsdale Award for Fiction from the Fellowship of Southern Writers, the Mississippi Review Fiction Prize, the Walter E. Dakin Fellowship, as well as fellowships from the Whidbey Island Writers’ Colony, Saltonstall Arts Colony, and the Edna St. Vincent Millay Colony.

A sought-after speaker, Richmond has given a variety of talks and lectures at places such as the University of Miami, San Jose Center for the Literary Arts, California College of the Arts, San Francisco Writers Conference, Silicon Valley Reads, and UC Berkeley Story Hour, and the YWCA Festival of Women Authors. Audiences consistently praise her warmth and humor, as well as her knowledgeable, down-to-earth approach to writing, publishing, and living the creative life.

Richmond is the founder and publisher of Fiction Attic Press and the creator of The Paperclip Method, a series of innovative workbooks for writers. She has served on the Board of the Authors Guild since 2010, and has served as Distinguished Visiting Writer at St. Mary’s College of Moraga and Bowling Green State University. In 2012, she held the Catherine Julie Cunningham Chair at Notre Dame de Namur University. She has also taught in the MFA programs in creative writing at the University of San Francisco and California College of the Arts, in addition to teaching novel writing for Stanford Continuing Studies. She holds an MFA from the University of Miami, where she was a James Michener Fellow.

Richmond’s essays on travel, literature, publishing, and parenting have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Telegraph, Coastal Living Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, The Kenyon Review, and many anthologies. Her stories and essays have appeared in Glimmer Train, Playboy, The Kenyon Review, The Missouri Review, Best American Fantasy, and elsewhere.

Richmond’s novel The Year of Fog, which has sold more than half a million copies worldwide, was a New York Times bestseller, as well as a major bestseller in France. It was named one of the Best Books of the Year by Library Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, and News of the World, and was a Kirkus Reviews Top Pick for Reading Groups and the 2011 selection of Silicon Valley Reads. Her books have been translated into ten languages.

A native of Mobile, Alabama, Richmond makes her home in Northern California with her husband and young son.

Praise for Michelle Richmond’s Talks

“Michelle Richmond is one of our most valued guest speakers. She’s that excellent blend of teacher and storyteller, possessing the ability to quickly gauge what our students want and need to hear. What makes her truly unique is her compassion for developing writers while keeping them tethered with her honesty and goodwill towards the craft and profession of writing. We look forward to hosting her again.”

—David Morini, MFA Program Manager, California College of the Arts

“Michelle Richmond spoke at our annual Festival of Women Authors in February, 2010.  She was excellent. Her humor and her insight were very much appreciated by the audience of just over 200 people. Her book was also for sale that day and sold better than any other. We had four authors and Michelle was definitely the best this year… People really enjoyed hearing the reality of being an author as well as the frank discussion of what it took to get published.”

—Lani Shepp, YWCA Festival of Women Authors

“Richmond is a dynamic speaker and an extremely talented writer who enthralled her audience.”

—Silicon Valley Reads

“In 2014, I asked Michelle to speak at a salon on the topic of California secession along with venture capitalist Tim Draper. Michelle dazzled all of our guests with her intelligence and humor, and she made the evening shine in a most memorable way. In fact, in large part due to her entertaining presence, the event was covered in a number of media outlets including USA Today, The New Yorker, and San Francisco Chronicle. A triumph!”

—Susan MacTavish Best, Founder, Living MacTavish

 Praise for Michelle Richmond’s The Year of Fog

“A mesmerizing novel of loss and grief, hope and redemption, and the endurance of love.”

Library Journal, starred review (one of Library Journal’s Best Books of the Year)

Grade: A. “Gripping”

The Washington Post

“Compulsively readable…”

The Denver Post

“An unusually imaginative novel of family, loss and hope, The Year of Fog tackles mysteries of time, memory and the human heart.”

South China Morning Post

“Mesmerizing and harrowing… Richmond has established herself as the mistress of the kind of literary mystery that reads like a fine thriller but with added insight and wisdom.”

Daily Mail

“Impossible to put down…five stars.”

News of the World, best books of the year

Praise for Golden State

“A stirring look at the ties that bind husband-wife, mother-child and even sisters, and what happens when they’re torn asunder. Set in a San Francisco chafing with unrest both political and personal, the world Richmond creates is exquisitely charged with regret and hope.”

Family Circle

“Nearly every feature of this mesmerizing novel is provocative, as Richmond explores the fragmented, hopeful lives of complex characters. This is gripping, multilayered must-read fiction…”

Library Journal, starred review

“Mesmerizing and intricate, Richmond’s dissection of California on the violent brink of secession from the nation provides the backdrop for her deeper inspection of the uneasy, fragile relationship between siblings…riveting.”

—Booklist, starred review

Praise for No One You Know

“As complex and beautiful as a mathematical proof, this gripping, thought-provoking novel will keep you thinking long after the last page has been turned.”

—Family Circle

“An excellent, emotionally intelligent literary mystery.”

London Daily Mail

“Compulsively readable.”

Denver Post

“Michelle Richmond never strikes a false note in No One You Know. It’s an intelligent, emotionally convincing tale about a family tragedy and the process of storytelling.”

Boston Globe

“Heartbreaking and compelling…Richmond thoughtfully explores family dynamics, the ripple effects of tragedy, and the importance of the stories we tell. Combine all that with perfect pacing and depth of insight, and you have a thoroughly riveting literary thriller.”

Booklist, Starred Review

Praise for Dream of the Blue Room

“A complex and nimbly fashioned first novel.”

Kirkus Reviews

“The book is finely crafted and compelling, and its emotions resonate true and clear.”


Praise for The Girl In the Fall-Away Dress

“The stories in Michelle Richmond’s first collection spin artfully off the life of a single character…smart and adept.

—The New York Times Book Review

“Richmond’s writing is perceptive and heartfelt, her subjects at once edgy and familiar. This is a winning debut.”

Publishers Weekly