Author: Michelle Richmond

Michelle Richmond is the New York Times bestselling author of The Marriage Pact, Golden State, The Year of Fog, No One You Know, Dream of the Blue Room, Hum, and The Girl in the Fall-Away Dress. Her books have been sold in 28 languages. A native of Alabama, she makes her home in Northern California.
Truman Capote Prize

Truman Capote Prize

I am honored and so happy to share the news that I have received the Truman Capote Prize for Alabama’s Distinguished Writer of the Short Story, from the wonderful Alabama Center for the Literary Arts and Alabama Writers’ Symposium.

I will write more in a later post on why Truman Capote’s work and this award mean so much to me. I’ve had the pleasure of attending the Alabama Writers Symposium in Monroeville in the past. Monroeville was the childhood home of Truman Capote and Harper Lee, and each year at the symposium, a local theatre group stages a production of To Kill a Mockingbird in the old courthouse upon which Lee modeled the courtroom scenes in her classic novel.

It is a special event and a welcoming, wonderful gathering of authors and readers.

About the prize:

The Truman Capote Prize for Alabama’s Distinguished Writer of Literary Non-Fiction or the Short Story is selected by an anonymous committee of literary scholars and writers organized by Dr. Don Noble. This award is made possible through a generous donation by Dianne Lawson Baker of Tuscaloosa. 

The 21st Annual Alabama Writers Symposium will be held April 19-20, 2018. To register for the Alabama Writers Symposium, contact Alisha Linam at 251-575-8271 or For more information, visit

The Marriage Pact hits the Sunday Times bestseller list

The Marriage Pact hits the Sunday Times bestseller list

Last week, The Marriage Pact slid onto the Sunday Times bestseller list in the UK at number 10! We celebrated at home with a Twelfth Night Cake. I made the cake from a box (Duncan Hines devil’s food cake), my husband made his exceptionally good frosting out of nothing but heavy whipping cream and a hint of sugar, and we didn’t have a nut to put in the cake so we used a blueberry instead. We never found the blueberry–it was absorbed by the cake–so no one gets a prize or everyone gets a prize, we haven’t decided yet.

This week, it moved up to number 9! So we will celebrate with another cake, or maybe my husband’s famous chocolate chip cookies. (If we are super duper extra lucky and get a third week, I’m going to have to shift to celebrating with something that doesn’t involve brown sugar and butter).

Here’s a photo of The Marriage Pact along with the other fabulous Richard and Judy Book Club selections at Gatwick Airport in London. How long is your flight? Grab more than one!