Today, I’m pleased to welcome author Michelle Godard-Richer. Her new romantic suspense Fatal Hunt was just recently published and has been receiving great reviews. Having just finished reading the book, I’m more eager than ever to learn more about her writing life. Welcome, Michelle!
1) What sort of books did you enjoy reading as a child? Did you have a favorite book or series?
I stumbled upon The Chronicles of Narnia in the school library as a child and fell in love with this series.
2) What sort of books do you enjoy reading nowadays?
I like a wide variety of books. I read fantasy, horror, true crime, thriller, historical and time travel romance.
3) Around what age did you realize that you liked to write?
From the time I learned to read I wanted to write my own stories.
4) What’s the first thing you wrote that you remember being proud of?
I was really young, but I remember learning about fables in school, and then writing a bunch of my own and bringing them to my grade four teacher, Ms. Fredricks.
I love that you remember your teacher's name! :)
5) Tell us about the creative force within you. What inspires you to write, to create?
I have ideas and stories running through my head all the time and I like to escape my world by diving into theirs.
6) What’s your writing space like?
I like to write in my living room on a recliner with a lap desk, my Macbook, and lots of coffee. I usually have one of my dogs next to me and they sometimes try to contribute their own ideas with chin typing.
LOL! That's too cute!
7) Do you have a favorite time of day to write? Any habits or little rituals that put you in a writing mindset?
I don’t know why, but I can’t write without coffee beside me. I usually open whatever I’m working on, edit the last few pages, and then I’ll start writing. My most productive time seems to be from 10AM until 2PM.
8) Congratulations on Fatal Hunt. How did you come up with the idea for the book? Please tell us all about it.
Every book for me starts with a combination of ‘what if’ questions. With Fatal Hunt, I started with one question. What if a mob boss that Jon betrayed as an undercover agent found out where he was living with his family? Mobs are notorious for revenge hits, and some have a far reach. The rest of the story spiraled from there.
Spirals, indeed! What a suspenseful masterpiece you've written!
9) I realize you’ve just published a new book and I know what that takes. Still, I can’t help but ask – do you have another story waiting in the wings?
Once you’ve reached the end of Fatal Hunt, the need to go backwards becomes apparent. I have a prequel written, Fatal Witness, that is under contract and coming in 2023. I’m writing the sequel and final book of the trilogy now.
As a reader, all I can say is "Love it! Excellent!"
10) Is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
In between thrillers, I decided to try my hand at a different genre. The result is Back in Time Jelly Beans, a time-travel romance, releasing in 2023 as part of the Jelly Bean and Spring Things line through the Wild Rose Press.
Michelle, thank you for sharing your time and talent. Wishing you continued joy and success.
Be the hunter. Never the hunted.
After being widowed and surviving the wrath of a serial killer, Jessica believes her
misfortunes are over. She’s reunited with her first love, Jon, and together, with her son Bryce,
and a baby on the way, they’re living their happily ever after on their ranch in Montana. That is
until secrets, lies, and a formidable foe from Jon’s past emerge to shake the foundation of their
relationship, forcing them to flee for their lives.
Excerpt from Fatal Hunt
Jessica’s limbs weighed a ton. She forced her heavy eyelids open. After a split second they shut on her again. She lay on something soft, and an engine droned around her.
Where am I? What happened?
Then she remembered her fruitless struggle in the hospital room. Willing her head to the side, she forced her eyes open again. Her kidnapper sat in a chair across from her reading a newspaper.
He looked over the top of his paper and smiled. "You’ll be groggy for a while longer. Go back to sleep.”
Too tired to fight, she gave into the void sucking her down.
Growing up as an only child in a small town, I dreamed of becoming an author. My father laughed and said okay, but you might be broke. I shrugged my shoulders and kept clacking on the keyboard of our home PC, delighted when my words appeared on the small
monitor, a staple of early ’90s technology.
In high school, when it was time to decide on a future career, I chose to pursue an Honours Degree in Criminology at the University of Ottawa, but at the back of my mind, the dream of writing for a living persisted.
Fast forward fifteen years, and as a happily married woman and proud mother to two
children, four dogs, and a cat, my dream came true. For information on upcoming releases please
visit my website: michellegodardricherauthor.com
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My Review: Fatal Hunt by Michelle Godard-Richer
Author Michelle Godard-Richer does not kid around when it comes to suspense! From beginning to end, Fatal Hunt holds the reader in an iron grip of nonstop action and tension! Every time I thought it was safe to draw a breath, a new terror – or something or someone else – would grab hold!
The characterization is sublime. All of the characters are finely drawn -- the good, the bad, and those in the middle! I instantly fell in love with the main characters and found myself sitting at attention (not relaxed – it’s that good) as Jessica, Jon, and Bryce pushed through one terrifying incident to the next.
There are twists and turns and completely unexpected occurrences. There’s familial love and romance, too. This story checks lots of boxes!
Michelle Godard-Richer has written a masterful romantic suspense. Five stars!
What a great interview! And a thriller of a novel! Loved it!
You're right, Ivy! It is a thriller. Eeep! Thank you for stopping by! :)
Thanks Ivy! I’m so glad you enjoyed it.
D. V. Stone
Great interview! I'm a fan of Narnia though I was an adult the first time I read them. Your book is fantastic. D.
Hi, Donna! I'm a fan of Narnia, too, and C.S. Lewis in general. Thanks so much for visiting! :)
Thanks Donna. I read Narnia as a child and then after buying the books for my kids. I didn’t understand the ending as a kid, so it was a surprise as an adult.
Kim, thanks so much for stopping by! :)
Thank you. I hope you’ll enjoy the next two.
Great interview, Ladies! Love your writing companions, Michelle! Wishing you all the best!
Thank you, Mary! :)
Thank you, Mary
Loved the interview, ladies! And your two helpers are adorable! I'm with you on the coffee (or sometimes tea) at my elbow when i begin to write. Trouble is, after the first couple of sips, I forget about it and next time I pick it up, it's cold. I've got to get a warmer! Best of luck with this book. I look forward to reading it.
Barb, I had to laugh about your coffee trouble! It happens to me, too, and I will not reheat it. A warmer is a great idea! Thank you for stopping by! :)
Thanks, Barb. I think cold coffee is part of the writing experience. I think we all do that. 😂
From one only to another, books were my companions growing up. I, too, wanted to write. Best on the sales of your book!
Books were a favorite pastime for me, too, Ilona. Thank you so much for stopping by. :)
Thank you, Ilona
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