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  1. Hi Michelle; I found the Year of Fog about a week ago when I learned I will have the pleasure of sitting at your table tomorrow night at Authors under the Stars in Walnut Creek. I read the story in two sittings. It would have been just one sitting, but the toothpicks propping open my eyelids came loose and, alas, I fell asleep. Will you write the sequel? I’d like to keep in touch with all the wonderful characters you brought to life; especially Goofy.

  2. Being Native to the Central Coast Area, I find it perhaps understandably difficult to be objective about the Locale of your Literary Focus…

    However, I feel I must commend you. To find a Work that; unlike many one can hardly get away from these days, puts emphasis upon the evil that irresponsible authorship can do (and the repercussions thereof) you have managed to turn this around and put tawdry sensationalism in it’s properly deserved perspective.

    What a refreshing good read “No One You Know” was, thank you, and please don’t let “The Golden Machine” dull the soul of your work.

    Sincerely.
    Ellen Roe

    1. Thank you, Ellen. I appreciate hearing from a reader native to Costa Rica. I spent just one month in Costa Rica, but it was a wonderful month, and the place inspired a good part of the book that came before No One You Know (The Year of Fog). Thanks for taking the time to stop by my website!

  3. Just finieshed “A Year of Fog”. Loved it, but was disappointed with ending. I’m a romantic. I know when a child dies or is kidnapped it takes a toll on the adult relationship. Just wanted Abby and Jake to reconnect. Maybe Michelle needs to write another book dealing with these 2 wonderful characters.

    1. Hi Carol. Thank you for your comment about The Year of Fog. I understand! You’re not the only one who has felt that way about Abby and Jake. I do see a sequel in the future, which takes up with Abby’s life years after the events of The Year of Fog.

    1. Thank you for your comment, David. It seems that so many of the people involved were so connected through the life of this small town. It seems very likely that all of these web-like connections helped to allow Sandusky to continue his abuses.

  4. SF Chronicle 11/11/11: Penn State, Happy Valley, & the Good Citizens of Omelas
    Ms. Richmond,
    Thank you for writing this delicate bittersweet article; it brings tears to my eyes. You completely captured the despair I continue to feel since this Penn State issue has come to light. Of course, child abuse predators continue to roam this earth and will not stop. I hope all federal, judicial, and political officials read your prose and feel the gut-wrenching absurdity that I do and are moved to implement improved and extreme measures.

  5. SF Chronicel 11/11/11: Penn State, Happy Valley, & the Good Citizens of Omelas
    Ms. Richmond,
    Thank you for writing this delicate bittersweet article; it brings tears to my eyes. You completely captured the despair I continue to feel since this Penn State issue has come to light. Of course, child abuse predators continue to roam this earth and will not stop. I hope all federal, judicial, and political officials read your prose and feel the gut-wrenching absurdity that I do and are moved to implement improved and extreme measures.

  6. I just finished NO ONE YOU KNOW – it was incredible! I did leave a message on FB but wanted to leave one here too – I have written poetry about math – words like asymptote and other “math” words – I have written poetry to express the feeling of the word in a way? So I really did love all the explanations of math concepts in your book. As a girl, in the 60s – no one ever said – you need to take math. No one. That just did not happen then so I have come to a love for math in my older years and that to me was one of my favorite part or parts of your book. The story, too, was lyrical and magical even though very sad also because of what happened – it expressed the longing a person feels when someone they love is lost to them and how that person might still search and search for something, anything more about that person that is lost to them and maybe someday find her/his voice again. Thank you – I love your books!

  7. What an exceptional writer you are! Your characters are so engaging, your stories have such depth. I read ‘The Year Of Fog’ earlier this summer and I just now finished reading ‘No One You Know’. What a delight to read your funny little comments about ‘The Year Of Fog’ as Ellie is perusing the bookshelves in Crossroads. Very clever… I can’t wait to read more of your work!

  8. HEY! Great book. I am from Demopolis, Alabama.
    When I saw the reference of Linden, Alabama…I was blown away! 🙂
    I had to finish it then.
    GREAT GREAT BOOK! I look forward to reading many more!

  9. Dear Michelle! I’m writing you from Russia.I finished No one you know,and now it is my favourite book. Thank you SO much for your work.Unfortunatly,in my country there are only 2 books – No one you know and The year of fog,i have them.My english is poor to read the originak,so I hope soon they all will be translated.
    Thanks again!

    1. Dear Natali, I’m so happy to hear that No One You Know and The Year of Fog made their way to you in Russia! It’s thrilling for me to think of them being read so far away. Thank you for your kind words about the books. Yes, these are the only two that are currently translated in Russian, but perhaps my Russian publisher will eventually pick up Dream of the Blue Room as well.

  10. Hello,

    have just finished year of the fog. i really enjoy reading your book and it allow me to improve my english !

    Thank you for offering me this book in a san franscisco beach 🙂

    bye

  11. Just finished reading No One You Know. Really enjoyed the read! It felt like walking down memory lane. I moved from SF 7 yrs ago. But lived there for more than 25 yrs. I worked as a UPS driver in the City and in SSF. While reading about the Greek coffee company i Immediatly thought of Mountanos Bros!
    Both brother’s companies were on my routes in Brisbane and SSF at one time or another.
    From the sounds of it they are still going strong.
    Thanks for the walk down memory lane, from the Mission to SSF!
    Kate

    1. Thank you, Kate! I’m so glad you enjoyed No One You Know. It’s so interesting that you know Mountanos Bros. Until I started doing research for the book, I didn’t know anything about them. As a UPS driver, you must know the city extremely well! I always think UPS drivers must be privy to so many interesting stories.

  12. Hi Michelle,

    I met you at Morgan Hill Library. I’m from AL and we chatted for a few minutes.

    I finally got to your book. It is tough being a bookaholic since there is always a stack of books to get through. In a way I am glad you were in line and came up in time for a long awaited trip to Anza-Barrego Desert State Park. It was a wonderful companion on long drive down and back and filled my nondriving hours. I finished as we crossed Monterey Road on our way to our house! I am so impressed with all the knowledge that you wove into Abby’s search and her anguish felt as if I,too, was bearing it. I am going to suggest it for our book club. One of our members is a psychotherapist and she will really appreciate it it.

    I particularly loved the mention of AL’s beaches, since I spent so much time there.

    Nancy Casey

  13. On page 272 of “The Year of Fog,” Abby quotes her father as saying, “We all have a little Robert Johnson in us. We’re all capable of bartering away our soul. The question is whether or not we chance upon the devil.”

    I didn’t know who “Robert Johnson” was, but looked him up. He was a 1930’s blues guitar player who thought that his success was due to a deal he had made with the devil — his soul for artistic success. He died at the age of 27 in 1938.

    In today’s Thursday, January 27, 2011 “Eye” section (pg. 6) of the San Jose Mercury News is an article about San Francisco’s centennial celebration of Robert Johnson’s birth — with a photo of him –and a glowing account of his contributions to the world of music. Eric Clapton calls him “The most important blues singer that ever lived.”

    Loved your interview at last night’s “Silicon Valley Reads” kick-off event. Thanks for autographing my copy of your book! — Bonnie

  14. I loved your book A Year of Fog. You must write a sequel so I can quit thinking about poor Abby. I keep wanting to know if she is ok. I also think it would be a good movie. Sandra Bullock could play Abby. -Pam

    1. Thanks, Pam. So glad you liked the book, and I’m happy to know you still think about Abby. I do too, so there may very well be a sequel in the next few years. Sandra Bullock? She’d be superb! I also have another actor in mind who would be great for Abby, but I won’t say too much for now:)

  15. hi michelle! i am a student at mcguinness in oklahoma city. my teacher is kim shirley! you two grew up together and she was telling us about you and her highschool days in alabama! your book looks really good and i will definately be reading it! kim says hi! (she’s standing over my shoulder reading this) 🙂

  16. Your friend from high school, Kim Shirley, is teaching my journalism class. She talked about you and now we are all looking at your website. Your books look cool! CONGRATS 🙂

  17. I’ve just discovered “l’année brouillard” in my librairy, and I love it! I do appreciate your style, the way you describe the feelings of the characters: that’s the reason why I wanted to know more about you as a writer… I’ve not finished yet the novel but I’m sure that I’ll love it till the end! Well, I just want to tell you that I think you’re a great novelist, and personnaly, as a reader, I’d prefer your novel won’t be turned in a movie: your words and sentences are so rich that they don’t need pictures! I hope all your books will be translated in french, or I’ll have to read them in english: but as you can see, I have a quite bad english and I hope you’ll understand me….maybe you speak french? Once again, thanks for the pleasure your novel gives to your readers! Ghislaine.

  18. I met Michelle’s Ftaher on a plane and he told me his daughter was a writer. I downloaded her book
    The Year of Fog and than knew I wanted to read everything she wrote. I’m on my third book. What an incredbile writer!!!!

    1. Hi Ron. Great to hear from you and thank you for updating my listing on Bay Area Observer. You’ve created a really amazing thing over there on your well-trafficked corner of the web!

  19. Hi Lisa. Thanks so much for your kind words about No One You Know. I’m honored that you took the time to look me up. I lived briefly in Ohio some years ago–one semester in Bowling Green.

  20. Michelle-I just finished “No One You Know” and all I can say is …WOW. I was intrigued , fascinated and astounded by your depth of knowledge, insight and ability with words to paint a perfect picture in every chapter. I am no one in the literary world..just an avid reader from a small town in Ohio but I can tell you I have never reasearched an author online to commend for work well done and I will be looking for your other books. Well done and keep them coming!

    1. Hi Lisa. Thanks so much for your kind words about No One You Know. I’m honored that you took the time to look me up. I lived briefly in Ohio some years ago–one semester in Bowling Green.

  21. Michelle,

    “The Year of Fog” is absolutely beautiful — thoughtful and thought provoking. I loved the theme of human memory and the facts about memory you dropped in. And the way you did it. I’m off to the library to pick up another one of your books.

    1. Thank you, Carolyn. I looked up your memoir on substitute teaching and posted it on facebook, which set off a maelstrom. I subbed only briefly one summer during college but it was one of the most difficult jobs I’ve ever had!

  22. Greetings, I’m the woman who led the Writing Mamas salon that you spoke at. Wanted to let you know I was so captivated by Year of the Fog. Takes me about a month these days to finish a book but I read Year of the Fog in a week. Great story, lovely writing and I loved all the San Francisco spots.

  23. Hi, Michelle. I’m reading Dream of the Blue Room, I’m on page 17 and already I’m hooked. I saw some free ebook of yours that was available but I kept getting errors. I need something after Blue Room. I’ve read your other two and my congratulations for your success. Kind regards. Christine

    1. Hi Christine. I hope you enjoyed Dream of the Blue Room. The free e-book was probably a short story, The Great Amphibian, which is available on Barnes & Noble.com and through my Scribd link. Let me know if you continue to have problems with the download–I’m still figuring out this ebook thing!

    1. Dear Karen, Thank you for your inquiry about a newsletter. Thanks to you, I’ve just set up a newsletter link on my website. I’m not sure when the first one will go out, but please stop by and enter your email address and hit submit. Best, Michelle

    1. Hi Sharon. I did indeed love Manuel Antonio! It was several years ago that I was there, my last stint at a writers’ colony before having a child. I used to go to one every summer. That one was a lot of fun, and the Manuel Antonio area is absolutely gorgeous. I love hearing from people who are familiar with the Costa Rican setting of the later part of the book.

  24. I’m reading The Year of Fog right now and it really draws the reader into the lives of the characters. However, on page 179 you talk about a family sitting down in the cafe with their kids and the dad says, “They can hear you all the way back in Iowa.” Then on the next page you refer to the “family from Georgia.” It’s kind of like a splash in the face with cold water when I’m forced back into the reality of life and realize what I’m holding in my hands is fictitious and there was the human error to prove it.
    This author error, or editor’s oversight happens more and more these days and seems to take away from the magic of reading.
    Sorry, I don’t mean to be critical but as a reader I find it frustrating.

  25. Hi, sorry but i havent read your books but they sound great from what people are saiyng so keep up the good work.
    i just came onto your site searching for some informatin about my brother Eugene Richmond and i thought i would post this as you have the same name as my daughter Michelle Richmond and there was some referance about my brother, but we lived in Baltimore MD. and he was in the merchant marines then went into the army.
    He died while in the army in taiwam in 1960 and someone mentioned that he played a part in a film so i am searching the internet for any referances to this.
    also Im now liveing in england .

    1. Hi Frank. How interesting that your daughter and I share a name! What was your brother’s name? Sadly, I don’t know a great deal about my geneology, but I do know that my father’s side of the family came from England.

  26. Hi, Michelle, I was at Writing Mamas last night and SO enjoyed hearing your story. Thank you very much for sharing your journey with us! I’ve subscribed to you on Scribd but can’t leave you a message unless you subscribe back. I also lead a book club for a group of moms and I’m putting No One You Know on our list. Thanks so much and I’m really looking forward to reading more of your work! — Cindy

  27. A Dutch compliment voor Michelle:

    Thank you for writing the book “No-one you know”. I recognise myself in the leading character: Ellie Enderlin.
    What you wrote on page 31, 45/46 and 88 is important for me.
    (I haven’t finished the book yet. I’m reading chapter 14 now.)

    I hope you will continue writing and I wish you much inspiration for the stories you want to write in the future. I’m a great admirer of your writing-talent.

    I read the fiction foodnotes in your book first. An interesting addition to it. I liked it very much.

    I wish you and your family well.

    With kind regards,
    Elvira
    from The Netherlands
    PS I hope my text is readable: English is a foreign language for me. I am reading your book in English and not in the Dutch translation.

    1. Elvira–Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by my guestbook. It means a lot to me that you found something to relate to so strongly in NO ONE YOU KNOW, and naturally after reading your post I went straight to the book and looked up the pages you referenced. A book just goes out into the world as an object that it sort of removed from the author, and as a writer I have to trust that it will make it into the hands of readers who might stand to gain something from it–so your email is very encouraging. And, by the way, your English is lovely and perfectly clear!

  28. I just finished reading “The Year of Fog”which I thoroughly enjoyed and am now just beginning to read “No One You Know”.

    You are now on my favourite authors list along with the likes of Jodi Picoult. My only wish is that all my favourite authors could write faster …………

    Thanks for a good read in The Year of Fog and I’m looking forward to reading all of your books in the future.

    Cindy, a fan in Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada

    1. Hi Cindy. Thank you for stopping by my guestbook and for the kind words about The Year of Fog. It’s so nice to hear from a Northern neighbor. I do hope you enjoyed No One You Know, too. I’m honored to be on the list of your favorite authors! My editor wishes I could write faster too:)

  29. Dear Michelle

    I have just devoured The Year of Fog in one weekend. What a pleasure. I loved the way you “stayed” with me after Emma was found, instead of choosing to end the story abrubptly there, as many writers perhaps would have. It felt like I was having coffee together with Abby long after she found Emma, and was privy to her thoughts, feelings, etc. I can’t really explain it, but I was so glad you “stayed” a while after she was found. The other amazing thing about this book was the synchronicity of it as it relates to my own life. I have recently written a memoir (which I would love to send you to read) and two key things jump out – the dead seal and the sand dollar, big parts of my memoir, as well as some key dates. Quite eery, really. I hope to hear back from you. With love and admiration for your creativity, Grace

    1. Dear Grace, Thank you for taking the time to sign my guestbook. I’m so pleased to hear that you enjoyed the book’s ending. Readers have gone both ways on that–some think the ending is too long and others, like you, enjoy the expanding of the story in the final chapters. My hope was to give some sense of Abby’s thoughts and feelings, and a sense of her future, in the end. How interesting about the connection to your own story–the dead seal and the sand dollars! The dead seal made its way into The Year of Fog in the way so many disparate things did–I happened to see one while I was deep in the process of writing the book. And ever since my childhood on the Gulf Coast, sand dollars have been a source of fascination for me. I wish you the best with your own writing!

  30. Couldn’t stop reading The Year of Fog this weekend. Wow! Loved the description of places I’d been in San Francisco— and even in Costa Rica. Didn’t expect to go there again!
    Had just read “How We Decide” and “My Stroke of Incite” for a book group and had pulled your book as what I thought was going to be a light bit of fiction. It wasn’t that at all. The story grabbed me and I couldn’t put the book down. The info you put into it about the brain and memory fit perfectly with what I’d just been reading.
    Thank you for a suspenseful weekend. I’ll be sure to read more of your work soon. Wow!
    Peggy

    1. Hi Peggy. I’m so happy to hear that you liked The Year of Fog and, in particular, the descriptions of familiar places. San Francisco just sort of gets in the blood and I find it difficult NOT to write about it. And I had so much fun writing the pieces about memory.

  31. Hello Michelle, I have read 3 of your 4 books in the last 3 months! I picked up No One You Know by chance, just browsing at my local library here in the Twin Cities (Minnesota), and loved it. I also have read Dream of the Blue Room and just finished The Year of Fog. I love how I learn something “real” reading each book — especially learning about the Three Gorges Dam in Dream of the Blue Room. Is Girl in the Fall-Away Dress available for purchase anywhere?

    1. Three in four months. That’s wonderful! I’m honored that you’ve read all of my available books! The Girl in the Fall-Away Dress is out of print but is available in some libraries. I’m working on releasing it as an ebook and a print-on-demand book. I’ll be putting info about that in my newsletter, so please sign up on my site if you’d like to receive it.

  32. Hi, Michelle,

    I checked out The Year of Fog from the library yesterday (Richmond branch!) and finished it last night. I could not put it down and ignore Abby and Jake, it felt like deserting Emma – I had to finish it. Amazing work! Loved the style, loved the pacing, loved the details, loved all the places in The City appearing in the book.

    My daughter just turned seven this week, and we live on 30th Ave. as well, so I found the book especially riveting. Looking forward to reading your other works.

    1. Hi Kristen. Thank you for your kind words about The Year of Fog. How lovely to hear from a reader on 30th Avenue! We’ve just moved recently, and have left behind the house on 38th Ave where we lived for 6 years. I miss the neighborhood already! Do you spend much time at Nibs or Simple Pleasures, or, of course, the amazing Balboa Theater?

  33. Michelle,
    I’m from Mobile but have lived in California and Arizona for 45 years. I went through 6 grades of school with Eugene Richmond. Any relation? Also, his mom was my music teacher at Mae Eanes Jr. High in the late 50’s and early 60’s.
    Love your books…and, any reference to Mobile and Baldwin County make them just that more interesting to me!

    Linda Enfinger-Iley

    1. Hi Linda. Oh, a fellow native Mobilian! Thanks so much for stopping by. I don’t know a Eugene Richmond–my parents were the first in my father’s Richmond line to move to Alabama, I think. All the rest are in Mississippi, near Jackson.

      I’m glad you like the references to Mobile and Baldwin County. I was just down in Monroeville, AL, last weekend for the wonderful Alabama Writers Symposium. The symposium was titled “Literature on Location: The Muse of Place,” and I was talking about how, no matter what I set out to write about, Alabama almost ALWAYS slips into the story somehow. Having been away for 45 years, I’m sure you know how that can happen!

  34. Hi. I’m almost fourteen and live in Alabama. I love The Year of Fog! I think your my favorite author!! On a school night-last Monday- I was reading it and honestly I forgot that I had to finish my homework!!! I forgot that it was a school night! That book took me into a whole world (believe it or not!). But you are my role model. 🙂

    1. Dear Shelby, what an absolute delight to hear from a young student in Alabama. Thank you for reading The Year of Fog. It does my heart good to know that it’s reaching a young audience. Now, I must make my apologies to your teacher for distracting you from your homework! Where do you live in Alabama? It means so much to me as a writer that you say the book took you into a different world–that’s what we authors aim to do, and it is indeed rewarding when someone tells us they’ve become so absorbed in a book. Are you an aspiring writer, Shelby?

  35. Just saw you on bookmark on alabama. Public tv.I will be buying your books now.I live in alabama but was born in mississippi.where is your family from in miss?

    1. Dear Steve,

      Thank you for stopping by, and my apologies for taking so long to respond! I had some issues with my web design, and as a result the guestbook came down from the site until recently.

      I just saw Don Noble, the literary mind behind Bookmark, down in Monroeville, AL, last weekend. He’s a delight and he comes up with amazing questions, so he can make any author look good.

      My family is from Brookhaven–what about you? And where do you live in Alabama?

  36. Michelle,
    I just finished “The Year of Fog” . . . . What a tremendous book it was. It pulled so many emotions out of me and in the end my heart was really with Abby. And what an extraordinary writer you are . . . . Maybe one day you could write my story! 🙂

    1. Dear Sherry,

      I’m so glad you enjoyed The Year of Fog. Thank you for taking the time to find my website and sign my guestbook. One always hopes, as a writer, to get the reader invested in the character, so it means a lot to know that Abby found her way into your emotions!

  37. Hey Michelle! This is your old friend, Jenny Conn from Mary Burke Hall in Tuscaloosa. I am soooo excited about your writing career. I would love to catch up with you. I ‘ve been reading all about you and your books. I am going to get them all! Please e-mail me at jennybrice@bellsouth. My married name is Jenny Brice. Hope to hear from you. Jenny

  38. just finished ” the year of fog” and wanted to thank you – this book is marvelous and was impossible to put down.
    you are a very talented writer
    i found this book so moving and have to admitt i am a little blue that its finished !
    but
    i look forward to reading more of your work in the future.
    best- Em

    1. Dear Emilie, Thank you for reading The Year of Fog, and for stopping by my website to tell me about your experience. Sorry that you have the end-of-book-blues. But there are more where that came from!:)

  39. Michelle, I cannot quite put into words how much “The Year of Fog” pulled me in, gripped my heart and thoughts, and finally…as if being released by that rogue wave….it ended with me weeping for what seemed hours, over my own losses….mistakes…heartaches. But, this was a wonderful thing. I hadn’t done that in sooo long…my soul needed a good purging!:)
    I am looking forward to reading more of your books. You are truly an amazing, and thought provoking writer.

    Terry Bielecki

  40. Dear Michelle,
    I just finished reading your 3 novels, 2 of them in 2 days! (I read Year of the Fog while on vacation, so couldn’t devote a whole day to it!) I loved them! Can’t wait for the next.
    Sincerely,
    Deborah Fisher

  41. Hi, Michelle!
    Congratulations for your job. Wonderful!
    I am writing to ask some help. I want to study (graduate-level degree) “Creative Writing” in USA. Can you suggest some good Universities there?
    Thank you very much.
    Leandro (Brazil)

  42. The Year of Fog is my favorite book! I am in the middle right now and cannot wait to finish, but at the same time I do not want this pleasure to end ! Thank you Michelle!
    Monika.

  43. Michelle,

    I was at the Make-Out Room for your reading during LitCrawl and was wondering where I could find a copy of the short story you read, “An Exciting New Career in Medicine.” I saw that it was published in Playboy a few years back. To read the full story must I try to find a clean copy of the mag on eBay or go rooting through my dad’s closet in the hopes he’s maintained his subscription after all these years? Or can I find the complete tale in a short story collection?

    Thanks for the help.

    1. Hi Jules. I’m so glad you enjoyed the story, and thanks for stopping by. Unfortunately, the only place I can direct you for the story is that old copy of Playboy. I think it came out in 2005. It appeared in the Feb 2006 issue, which features a girl in red lingerie on the cover. My editor at the magazine proudly noted that the girl had not been cosmetically enhanced. So that should narrow it down a bit! Hopefully, it will appear in an anthology one of these days. I haven’t published a story collection since my first one back in 2001, but I do plan on publishing one within the next few years, and that story will definitely be part of it.

  44. Hi Marlene. Thanks for your question. Richmond is my own family name, although it’s just a coincidence that I live in the Richmond district. I grew up in Alabama, and the Richmond clan from which I originate is mostly based in Mississippi. My husband’s family name is an old San Francisco name, Phelan.

  45. Hi Michelle I was wondering if your husband is related to the Richmond family from the Bay Area. Thomas D Richmond sons Tom Richmond Gene Richmond Steve Richmond????

    Thanks Marlene

  46. Glad to sign your guest book, Michelle. Can’t wait for your next book . . . I have questions I want to ask you about plot, but I keep holding out for my one-day internet radio interview with you. But you are such a master of plot, and I do have a theory about your plot: what makes it so good . . . (besides the writing, obviously).

    1. oh, I can’t wait to do an interview with you, Elizabeth! For anyone who is reading this page, Elizabeth wrote the fantabulous novel SHY GIRL, and when I met her in San Francisco a few years ago, some time after reading her novel, I was like, “Are you that Elizabeth Stark?” And lo and behold, she was.

      Ah, plot. I still find myself filled with trepidation at various phases in the process of writing a new novel, worrying about how I’m going to get the whole thing to hold together, how I’m going to get from one point to the next without explaining to the point of tedium, but also without confusing the reader by leaving too much out. I’m still trying to figure that out. It’s a problem that begins anew with each book, and I’m wrestling with it at this very moment.

      The background tends to come easily for me. I find filling in the details of a character’s past to be more fun, in general, than trying to figure out where she’s going to go next. What about you?

  47. Hi Allison. Congrats on The Man Who Loved Books Too Much. Looks like you’re getting a lot of blog attention!

    Alas, there’s been no movie bite on No One You Know yet. I’d love to see that one made into a movie. Is your agent pitching The Man Who Loved Books to producers? I haven’t read it YET but from the way you described it, it sounds like a great, weird story with a very fascinating central character and plenty of intrigue–movielicious!

  48. Hi Jordan. I’m enjoying Write-Free. You certainly seem to be managing to combine writing and motherhood!

    Hi Barbara. Thanks for stopping by. I’m still getting the hang of twitter too. Like, what does retweet mean? It’s all very confusing!

  49. What I want to know is: when will No One You Know be made into a movie?? It was so visually memorable, while I read it I kept thinking it could be a great film. And if they were to shoot in SF, I know someone who might be willing to work as an extra! -Allison

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