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San Francisco, CA
About Me:
I'm a former bartender/modern dancer/dog walker/model/personal trainer/Russian supper club performer turned writer. I have a contract with MIRA Books for my Kelly Jones series, featuring an FBI Special Agent that hunts serial killers. In my spare time I run errands and indulge a love/hate relationship with Hollywood blockbusters.
I Am A:
Reader, Writer
Books And Authors I Like:
John Sanford's prey series, anything by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child (alone or together), James Rollins, Janet Evanovich, Jason Starr, Hailey Lind, Tim Maleeny, Thomas Harris, Raymond Chandler, really the list goes on and on...
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Right now I'm loving Reaper, also Lost, Dexter, The Shield, Heroes, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Weeds, and last but most definitely not least: The Wire. Best show on TV, hands down. I also miss Deadwood...
I thought Brick was brilliant, and recently enjoyed the Bourne Ultimatum and the Departed.

Michelle Gagnon's Blog

Great Review of THE GATEKEEPER from the IMBA

This means a lot to me, since it comes from an organization near and dear to my heart. They select a few books a month to promote, and The Gatekeeper was one of them!

Here's the review, and a link to it:


Who better to pick the best mystery books of the month than the people who run mystery bookstores?

Each month, the 40-odd quirky stores that make up IMBA submit their favorite recent reads to a rotating editor who then… Continue

Posted on October 14, 2009 at 8:23am — 6 Comments

Win a MacBook Laptop Computer!

Hi everyone-

Please forgive my lapse into BSP, but I'm gearing up for the release of THE GATEKEEPER and thought some of you might want to enter a giveaway I'm running.

One lucky person will receive a brand new MacBook laptop computer. All you have to do is go to my website (www.MichelleGagnon.com) and sign up for my free newsletter, which will grace your inbox fewer than six times a year.

Want to increase your odds? For ten more entries, please answer this… Continue

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 7:19am

Gender Bias

Or "Why I'll probably never receive a Nobel Prize." More information here

Posted on December 4, 2008 at 3:13pm — 14 Comments

Stephen King, Dan Brown as Howard Hughes, and missed opportunities...

Not too long ago I was watching a primetime television show, as I am wont to do. And lo and behold, there was a commercial for the next Stephen King novel. It contained all of the bells and whistles of a movie trailer, and made those book trailers put together by authors on their own dime (mine, for instance) look woefully inadequate in comparison.

Which got me thinking: what an enormous wasted opportunity...read the rest… Continue

Posted on November 20, 2008 at 2:30pm

Title Trauma

Share the laughter and tears of my recent title search here

Excerpt: A few weeks ago my new editor (which bears discussion in a later post, the revolving door aspect to the editor/author relationship these days) announced that she no longer liked the title for my next book. Neither did anyone else at the publishing house, apparently. The words "it induced grimaces at the editorial meeting" were… Continue

Posted on November 14, 2008 at 4:12am

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At 11:46pm on August 1, 2009, Preetham Grandhi said…
Hi Michelle, I want to introduce you to my debut novel "A Circle of souls" which is a murder, mystery, psychological thriller and a tale of justice and hope. Do visit www.acircleofsouls.com to read more about the book. Make sure you sign up to win an autographed copy of the book. You can also read more reviews by clicking on the More Reviews button at the website. Thanks for your time in advance.

Best regards

Preetham Grandhi

Early Endorsements for “A Circle of Souls”

Linda Fairstein, NYT Bestselling Author: "A fascinating debut - this novel takes the reader to the darkest places in the human soul, from a writer with the authenticity to lead us there. A stunning thriller and an important read."

Judge Judy Sheindlin, star of the Judge Judy Show: "The seminal work of this fine author kept me glued to my chair until the adventure was over and the mystery solved. A great read!"

Book Synopsis:

The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town s top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.

Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at Newbury s hospital, searches desperately for the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hastings devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya s parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope.

The situations confronting Leia and Peter converge when Naya begins drawing chilling images of murder after being bombarded by the disturbing images in her dreams. Amazingly, her sketches are the only clues to the crime that has panicked Newbury residents. Against her better judgment, Leia explores the clues in Naya s crude drawings, only to set off an alarming chain of events.
In this stunning psychological thriller, innocence gives way to evil, and trust lies forgotten in a web of deceit, fear, and murder.
At 7:19am on February 3, 2009, Reece Hirsch said…
Hi Michelle -- Thanks for turning me on to CrimeSpace. And best of luck knocking out that third book! I'm looking forward to reading it.
At 1:08pm on December 15, 2008, Timothy C. Phillips said…
Michelle. same here, pretty much. Don't panic. Just take it one thing at a time, you'll do fine. I'm revising #5 in my own series, writing a script based on #2, and working on #6. In my spare time, I work full time and stuff like that. Keep it together. You're in charge.
At 3:33am on December 15, 2008, Timothy C. Phillips said…
Hi Michelle! How are things?
At 6:16pm on September 18, 2008, Timothy C. Phillips said…
Lol. Jobs? Oh, boy. Well, I've been a bass player, bartender, Corrections Officer, piano player, pulp wood hauler, Online Editor, guitar player, Editor of Theses and Dissertations, private investigator, English tutor, shoveled sand in a furnace, AT&T Operator, made yarn in a mill, tank mechanic, and other odious manual labors too numerous and spiteful to include. You get the picture.
At 7:52pm on September 17, 2008, Timothy C. Phillips said…
Okay, I have to ask...Russian Supper Club performer? AndI thought my resume was interesting. I remember one particularly fated night, it was pouring rain, me and one other guy were unloading relief helicopters as they came in to New Orleans, I was telling him all the jobs I'd ever done, and out of the blue, he says, "Lemme guess, you're a writer." I just had to smile. Best wishes, Down in Dixie, Tim
At 1:34pm on September 17, 2008, pam said…
Hello Michelle,

I guess it can turn into overload. I write fiction as well. They are usually the short stories that I submit to try keep the muse flowing and improve my writing. I enjoy the fiction as well as a good scare but the short stories challenges my creativity so it works for me. Do you write in other genres as well?
At 1:24pm on September 9, 2008, pam said…
Hello Michelle. Just sending a note of greetings to a fellow writer. I think I spend as much time reading about serial killers and studying them as I do writing them. take care.
At 3:43am on September 4, 2008, Michelle Gagnon said…
Thanks so much, DK, you're the best! Really appreciate this, and I'm thrilled that you enjoyed the books!
At 3:26am on September 4, 2008, D K Gaston said…
Ok Michelle, you made it into my top ten favorite authors list. LOL. I have posted reviews of Bone Yard on Amazon and Shelferi.

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