“Richard’s writing is unpretentious and effective,…and her characters burst with vitality and authenticity...”
Publishers Weekly July 1, 2002
Although Emilie Richards did not begin writing until after the birth of her fourth child in 1983, today she has written over fifty books. Her early works were romances written for Harlequin and Silhouette. She received many awards: Best New Series Writer, Romantic Times, 1986; Career Achievement Award, Romantic Times ,1994; RITA, Romance Writers of America, 1994, for Dragonslayer, and the Janet Daily Award, 1997, for The Trouble with Joe. Her later novels evolved into more family sagas than romances, and Richards shared the ranks of such authors as Barbara Delinsky and Kristen Hannah.
As Richards tackles family issues with their complex interpersonal relationships, reviewers have commented on her vivid descriptions and characterizations and multi-level plots, and how she “seamlessly joins contrasting and complementing elements.” Certainly Richards’ Master’s degree in family counseling and experience as a counselor have helped her understand these complexities. Her own family life has also strongly influenced her writing. Married for nearly 40 years to a minister, Richards and her family have lived throughout the United States, as well as having spent a four-month sabbatical in Australia. All of these locations have been featured in her novels. Richards’ current home is Virginia, and that state plays a prominent role in her recent Shenandoah Album series.
Emilie Richards continues to branch out. Although many of her books have suspense and hidden secrets, her two most recent are pure mysteries, including Let There Be Suspects, published December 2006.
Southern Gentlemen (with Jennifer Blake) FIC BLAKE (1998)
Whiskey Island (2000)
Fox River (2001)
Prospect Street ((2002)
The Parting Glass (2003)
Wedding Ring (2004) LP
Endless Chain (2005) LP
Lover’s Knot (2006) LP
Touching Stars (2007)
LET THERE BE SUSPECTS (2007) LP Only