Sunday, April 02, 2006

Double Feature-Michelle Richmond & Johanna Edwards

Hello, blog readers! I’m sorry I’ve been away for a bit, but I’ve been in writing seclusion!

At some point, there are two lovely gals I would love to interview for the blog: Michelle Richmond and Johanna Edwards. However, their schedules are full at the moment, so you’ll have to content yourself with these teasers!

Michelle Richmond, lauded by The New York Times as "smart and adept," is the author of Dream of the Blue Room. I won Michelle’s book in a book raffle and WOW. Let me tell you, I couldn’t put it down. It’s utterly transporting, and chilling. Check it out! I met Michelle at the Santa Rosa Book Festival and she is just as wonderful as her writing! I love supporting authors who are not just excellent spinners of fiction, but nice people.

About Michelle

Michelle Richmond is the author of the story collection The Girl in the Fall-Away Dress, which won the Associated Writing Programs Award, and the novel Dream of the Blue Room. Her new novel, Ocean Beach, is forthcoming from Bantam. Her stories and essays have appeared in Glimmer Train, Playboy, the Mid-American Review,, 7x7, and many other publications.

Michelle holds an MFA from the University of Miami, where she was a James Michener Fellow, and teaches in the MFA program in creative writing at California College of the Arts. She recently served as Distinguished Visiting Writer at Bowling Green State University, and she is currently Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at St. Mary’s College of Moraga, California. She is the recipient of the 2006 Mississippi Review Fiction Prize.

A native of Mobile, Alabama, Michelle lives with her husband and son in San Francisco. She is the founding editor of the literary journal Fiction Attic, and she serves on the advisory board of the Christopher Isherwood Foundation. She is represented by Valerie Borchardt of Georges Borchardt, Inc.

About the Book

“A dreamy, haunting work with a deeply personal feel. Any time a work of fiction raises our sights to higher truths, as this one does, the writer has done her job.” Florida Sun-Sentinel

“Some childhood relationships are so fulfilling they shape our lives and leave us wondering why they didn’t last longer. Richmond captures, explores, and intertwines these bonds so elegantly, you might even think the relationships are your own.” USA Today

“Intelligent, original, complex.” The San Francisco Chronicle

“A complex and nimbly fashioned first novel.” Kirkus Reviews

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

“With the slow build-up of a mystery, the exquisite pain of a coming-of-age novel, the masterful images of a travel writer, and a darkness that is true to the Southern Gothic, Dream of a Blue Room is a work of wonderfully chimeric form. ” Joanna Pearson, Small Spiral Notebook

Check out Michelle's excerpt, which was printed in USA Today!

I know you will want to read this intense, lyrical novel. It's available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or the best choice, your local Indy Bookseller!

My other book feature, Your Big Break, is the highly anticipated new novel from Johanna Edwards, the bestselling author of The Next Big Thing. I knew Jo online from before she was even published, and it is so thrilling to see her book on the Borders 3 for 2 table! It’s fantastic she’s featured like that in such a big chain!

About Johanna

Johanna was born in 1978 in Memphis, Tennessee. She has published over 250 articles in both local and national magazines and newspapers. During her two year tenure as Arts and Entertainment Editor for The Daily Helmsman in Memphis, she wrote dozens of reviews and interviewed some of the biggest names in entertainment including 3 Doors Down, 'N Sync, Carrie-Anne Moss, Kevin Smith, Nick Stahl, Carmen Electra, Seann William Scott, Tori Spelling, Vivica A. Fox, Paul Walker, Jon Lithgow, Ivan Reitman and Steve Zahn (she also managed to weasel a free trip to Los Angeles to interview David Duchovny...but that's another story for another time).

Johanna graduated with honors from the University of Memphis in December 2001. For her day job, she produces WYPL's nationally syndicated radio and TV program Book Talk.

When Johanna is not reading, writing, or working, she's a total travel-addict. She enjoys frequent vacations, especially to England (she's spent close to a year living, working and studying in and around London). Johanna also adores movies and TV, but feels neither can compare to a good book.

About the Book

Dani Myers has become an expert at romantic breakups ever since she was hired to "facilitate" them for clients of Your Big Break, Inc. In other words, she dumps people for money. But company rule #5 (do not get personally involved) is getting harder to obey. One of her dumpees is turning out to be the kind of guy she might just want to pick up on the rebound. and a new client has just walked in, begging for Dani's help breaking up with The Big Jackass, who's been leading her on all this time-and now turns out to be married.

It would be a routine job except for one problem: the so-called Big Jackass is married to none other than Dani's mother.


Read the gripping excerpt at Johanna's site!

Johanna’s book is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and of course, your local Indy (and the Borders 3 for 2…)