Emilie Richards

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Emilie Richards
Born Bethesda, Maryland, United States
Occupation Novelist
Nationality American
Period 1983–present
Genre romance

Emilie Richards is an American author of over 50 contemporary romance and mystery novels.

Early years[edit]

Emilie Richards was born in Bethesda, Maryland and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida. After receiving an undergraduate degree in American studies from Florida State University, Richards earned a master's degree in family development from Virginia Tech.

She worked as a therapist in a mental health center, before becoming a parent services coordinator for families enrolled in Head Start and then working in several pastoral counseling centers. Richards' husband is a Unitarian Universalist minister.[1]

Writing career[edit]

Richards began writing in 1983 after the birth of her fourth child. Her son would sit on her lap as she wrote, and Richards titled her first completed work, Brendan's Song, after him.[2] The book was published in 1985 in the Silhouette Romance category line.[3] She has subsequently written over 40 novels for Silhouette, including six, all set in Australia or New Zealand, written during a four-month sabbatical in Australia.[2]

As a result of years working as a family counselor, her novels "feature complex characterizations and in-depth explorations of social issues."[4] Richards won a Romance Writers of America RITA Award, the highest award given to romance authors, in 1994 for Dragonslayer.[4] Richards has also been nominated three times for Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Awards and is a recipient of their Career Achievement Award.[5]

Despite the occasional use of overly cliched lines, Richards' writing "effortlessly flows from page to page."[6] Her characters often sport unusual quirks, such as a penchant for strange sandwich ingredients, which gives the story an added charm.[6]

In 2004, Richards began a new series of single-title novels centered around quilting. These novels were inspired by a volunteer stint with VISTA. While she was an undergraduate, Richards spent a summer living in the Arkansas Ozark Mountains, helping the residents and learning to quilt.[1]

The following year, Richards began writing murder mysteries in addition to romance novels. The novels, in a series called Ministry is Murder, are based partially on her experience as a minister's wife[2] and are written in first-person from the perspective of the heroine, minister's wife "Aggie" Wilcox. Characters in this series are "interesting [and] well-developed," although suspense is "minimal."[7]

Personal life[edit]

Richards and her husband, Michael, have three biological sons and a daughter who was adopted from India.[8] They have lived throughout the United States, including in Florida, Louisiana, California, Arkansas, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. As of 2007, they reside in Arlington, Virginia.[2]

She was the first person to be named to the National Advisory Board of ABC Quilts, a non-profit association which teaches people to quilt.[1]


Ministry is Murder[edit]

  • Blessed is the Busybody (2005)
  • Let There Be Suspects (2006)
  • Beware False Profits (2007)
  • A Lie for a Lie (2009)
  • A Truth for a Truth (10/2010)

Shenandoah Album[edit]

  • Wedding Ring (2004)
  • Endless Chain (2005)
  • Lover's Knot (2006)
  • Touching Stars (2007)
  • Sister's Choice (2008)

MacDonalds Sisters[edit]

  • Sweet Georgia Gal (1985)
  • Sweet Sea Spirit (1986)
  • Sweet Mockingbird's Call (1986)
  • Sweet Mountain Magic (1986)
  • Sweet Homecoming (1987)

Men of Midnight[edit]

  • Duncan's Lady (1995)
  • Iain Ross's Woman (1995)
  • MacDougall's Darling (1995)


  • Lady of the Night (1986)
  • Bayou Midnight (1987)

Tales of the Pacific[edit]

  • From Glowing Embers (1988)
  • Smoke Screen (1988)
  • Rainbow Fire (1989)
  • Out of the Ashes (1992)


  • Runaway (1990)
  • Way Back Home (1990)
  • Fugitive (1990)

Whiskey Isl.[edit]

  • Whiskey Island (2000)
  • Parting Glass (2003)


  • Iron Lace (1996)
  • Rising Tides (1997)


  • From a Distance (1992)
  • Somewhere Out There (1993)


  • Desert Shadows (1991)
  • Twilight Shadows (1991)


  • Brendan's Song (1985)
  • Gilding the Lily (1985)
  • The Unmasking (1985)
  • Angel and the Saint (1986)
  • Something So Right (1986)
  • Good Time Man (1986)
  • Season of Miracles (1986)
  • Outback Nights (1987)
  • Aloha Always (1987)
  • All the Right Reasons (1988)
  • Classic Encounter (1988)
  • Island Glory (1989)
  • All Those Years Ago (1991)
  • One Perfect Rose (1992)
  • Dragonslayer (1993)
  • The Trouble with Joe (1994)
  • Once More With Feeling (1996)
  • Woman Without a Name (1996)
  • Mail-order Matty (1996)
  • Twice upon a Time (1997)
  • One Moment Past Midnight (1999)
  • Beautiful Lies (1999)
  • Fox River (2001)
  • Prospect Street (2002)

Omnibus / Compilations[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Emilie Richards". Berkley Prime Crime. 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-16. 
  2. ^ a b c d Clay, Sam. "Emilie Richards – Bookcast- FCPL". Fairfax County (Virginia) Library. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-07-16. 
  3. ^ "Biography". EmilieRichards.com. Archived from the original on 2007-07-08. Retrieved 2007-07-16. 
  4. ^ a b "Emilie Richards". Fantastic Fiction. 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-16. 
  5. ^ "Author Profile: Emilie Richards". Romantic Times. 2007. Archived from the original on March 25, 2006. Retrieved 2007-07-16. 
  6. ^ a b Crosby, Cindy (2005). "Review: Endless Chain". Bookreporter. Archived from the original on 2007-08-05. Retrieved 2007-07-16. 
  7. ^ Scribner, Susan (2005). "Blessed is the Busybody". The Mystery Reader. Archived from the original on 2007-06-27. Retrieved 2007-07-16. 
  8. ^ "Emilie Richards". eHarlequin.com. Retrieved 2007-07-16. 

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