I'm Michelle M. Pillow.
I'm a NY Times & USA TODAY Bestselling Author of Romances and Cozy Mysteries. I write books. I take pictures. I heart my readers. I sometimes dance in my kitchen.
I'm a romantic who loves books with a happy ending, characters who aren't perfect but can grow, and a good mystery you can't solve right away. My body runs on coffee, and I'm an admitted pasta addict. I'm wife to a wonderful man who makes me laugh (and cooks), mom to a talented kid I couldn't be prouder of, and pet to three dogs and a cat. I love to travel and try new things. Life is a grand adventure.
“Michelle M. Pillow is an incredible talent! No matter the genre she writes, I'm captivated, enthralled and totally in love. She is not to be missed!"
NYT & USAT Bestselling Author of Lords of the Underworld series
Michelle M. Pillow
New York Times (#8) & USA Today Bestselling
Romance and Cozy Mystery Author
Author of All Things Romance
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Michelle M. Pillow is a NY Times and USA TODAY Bestselling Romance and Cozy Mystery Author with over a million books sold. Romance Writers of America has recognized her for publishing over 100 titles.
As long as she can remember, Michelle has had a strange fascination with anything supernatural and sci-fi. After discovering historical romance novels, it was only natural that the supernatural and love/romance elements should someday meet in her wonderland of a brain. She's glad they did for their children have been pouring onto the computer screen ever since.
Michelle loves to travel and try new things, whether it's a paranormal investigation of an old Vaudeville Theatre or climbing Mayan temples in Belize. She's addicted to movies and used to drive her mother crazy while quoting random scenes with her brother. Though it has yet to happen, her dream is to be a zombie in a horror movie. (She came close as a refugee extra on SyFy's Z Nation, Fall 2016!) Michelle is involved with various film and historical documentary projects with her filmmaker husband.
For the most part she can be found wearing pajama pants while writing in her office, and enjoying a cup of coffee.
Come say hello! She loves talking with readers on social media!
Genres: Science Fiction, Futuristic, Paranormal, Shifter, Vampire, Ghost, Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Parallel Universe/Alternate Reality, Historical, Chick Lit, Cozy Mystery
Proof of Michelle M. Pillow's NY Times & USA Today listings are provided here.
Thank you, Dearest Readers, for 15 wonderful years! Your emails, reviews, support (everything!) has meant the world to me. It has been an amazing ride, and one that I hope to stay on for many more years.
Michelle M. Pillow
NYT & USAT Bestselling Author
What People are saying about Michelle...
“Michelle Pillow creates characters to cheer for, to hope with, while building worlds that are portals for the imagination. Truly, Ms. Pillow is a master of futuristic fantasy.”
Yasmine Galenorn, NY Times, Publishers Weekly, & USA TODAY Bestseller
"A wonderfully sexy tale filled with romance and dragon-shifters that draws you in from the first page and doesn’t let go. The Qurilixen Lords series is one you don’t want to miss!"
Mina Carter, NY Times & USA TODAY Bestseller
"Sometimes you just need to gobble up the insane goodness that is dragons, and Michelle has been aiding in that addiction for fifteen years."
Eve Langlais, NY Times & USA TODAY Bestseller
“Michelle Pillow weaves a fantastical tale of dragon shifters, full of rich world-building, action and adventure, along with a sexy love story. This entire series is not to be missed!”
Bianca D'Arc, USA TODAY Bestseller
"Michelle M. Pillow crafts an incredible story. Paranormal romance as hot as dragon fire!"
Gena Showalter, NY Times & USA TODAY Bestseller
"Michelle M. Pillow weaves a story so engrossing that I lose track of time while reading and think about the characters long after I'm done."
Mandy M. Roth®, NY Times & USA TODAY Bestseller
WINNER of the 2006 RT Bookclub Magazine Reviewer's Choice Award! "Pillow chooses magical details to set the scene, and they add to both the history and the emotion."
RT Bookclub Magazine
Nominated for the 2007 Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award! "Fun, emotional and full of wonderful characters."
Romantic Times Magazine
"Michelle M Pillow's world building is first rate which is a must for great sci-fi!"
Evangeline Anderson, NY Times & USA TODAY Bestseller
"Michelle Pillow always delivers!"
Renee George, USA TODAY Bestseller
"Michelle M Pillow...she's like a book crack dealer!"
Sadie Hebert, Film Actress
"Before all these newer authors starting writing about dragons and off-world sci-fi alien books... Michelle M. Pillow was bring it home, girls! And she did it with amazing originality and characters. I have devoured all of her original books from this fabulous author."
T. A. Grey, USA TODAY Bestseller
"I absolutely fell in love with Michelle M. Pillow's steamy, funny, fast-paced writing."
Tasha Black, USA TODAY Bestseller
BGS in History/Business with an English Minor (with honors) - Fort Hays State University
Professional Photography - New York Institute of Photography
Associate of Arts - HCC
Cosmetology Degree - Xenon (Yeah, I did that too. I like to learn lol)
Certificate in Contract Law: From Trust to Promise to Contract - Harvard University
Certificate in Globalization and Culture Change (Cultural Anthropology) - Fort Hays State University
Professional Certificate Program - Soft Skills - Rochester Institute of Technology
Public Speaking Certificate - Rochester Institute of Technology
Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Certificate - Rochester Institute of Technology
Storytelling in the Workplace Certificate - Rochester Institute of Technology
Teamwork & Collaboration Certificate - Rochester Institute of Technology
Business Communication Certificate - Rochester Institute of Technology
Visual Presentation - Rochester Institute of Technology
Michelle and her Bestie, Mandy M. Roth
Michelle's RWA 100 Published Romances Pin
"Michelle Pillow is turning out to be a terrific surprise. I knew she'd mastered Horror; and I knew she had vampires down pat. I knew she handled the Paranormal novel like a champ. It shouldn't have taken me so much by surprise to see that she could do a Contemporary Romance too... Michelle Pillow makes it all look so easy. I can't wait to see what genre she'll conquer next."
Arranged Marriage Perfect Juxtapose in Gothic Twister
Random House, Virgin Books, Ebury, Rouge, Simon and Schuster (Pocket Books), The Raven Books, Entangled Publishing, Adams Media, Ellora’s Cave Publishing, Samhain Publishing, Running Press, Robinson Publishing, Paranormal Underground Magazine, and more.
- New York Times (#8) & USA Today Bestselling Author
- 2015 Virginia Romance Writers HOLT Medallion Award of Merit recipient for outstanding literary fiction in Paranormal, Love Potions
- #1 Bestselling Author, Amazon.com
- 2011 Romantic Times BOOKreviews Magazine Lifetime Achievement Award Nominee
- Winner 2006 Romantic Times Bookclub Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Award for the historical romance Maiden and the Monster
- 2007 Romantic Times Bookclub Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Award Nominee for the futuristic romance The Bound Prince
- Kensington Brava Novella Contest Finalist (3rd)
- Recognized by Romance Writers of America's for having 100 Published Romances
I am a multi-published, award winning author writing in many romance fiction genres including futuristic, paranormal, historical, contemporary, fantasy and dark paranormal; and cozy mystery. Over the course of my career I have written over 100 books, many of which are in their second and third editions, and sold over a million copies. Yeah, I’m prolific like that. (Helps when you love your job!) Hopefully, someday, you will get a chance to read them all. Several of the titles have also been published in foreign languages, including Spanish, German, Japanese, Thai, etc…
#8 NY Times Bestseller, USA Today Bestseller, #1 Amazon.com Bestselling Author, nominated for the Romantic Times Lifetime Achievement Award 2011, the winner of the 2006 RT Reviewers’ Choice Award, nominated for the 2007 RT Award, a Brava Novella Contest Finalist.
I'm considered a hybrid author because I'm both traditionally and indie published. I have titles with Pocket Books, Random House, Virgin Books, Adam’s Media, Samhain Publishing, Running Press, Entangled Publishing and more. My indie titles are published under The Raven Books LLC.
I have a BGS in History/Business with an English Minor, a Certificate in Globalization and Culture Change (Cultural Anthropology), and a Photography degree. In 2009, Mandy M. Roth and I started a highly successful publishing endeavor--The Raven--where our two companies join for some awesome joint projects. We also run RAMN - Romance Authors Marketing Network. I am a journalist/photographer for Paranormal Underground Magazine. I also work on films and history documentaries.
Who knows what the future will hold for me. I only know that whatever it is, I will keep creating stories.
Reading Recommendations - Where to start...
DON’T KNOW WHERE TO START? Pick your genre!
- Dragon Lords: Barbarian Prince – Bestselling Dragon-Shifter Romance –READER FAVORITE SERIES!
- Captured by a Dragon-Shifter – Bestselling Contemporary Dragon-Shifter Romance
- Warlock MacGregor®: Love Potions - Magically Mischievous Scottish Modern-day Romance
- Maiden and the Monster – Award Winning Historical Romance
- Divinity Warriors: Lilith Enraptured – Alternate Reality Romance
- Tribes of the Vampire: Redeemer of Shadows – Dark Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
- Realm Immortal: King of the Unblessed – Fantasy Romance
- Matthews Sisters: Bit by the Bug – Light Contemporary Romance
- Fooled Around & Spelled in Love - Cozy Mystery
A few of my appearances. Not a comprehensive list. Go Here.
PAN Member of RWA
Member of NINC
Member of The Authors Guild
2015 Virginia Romance Writers HOLT Medallion Award of Merit recipient for outstanding literary fiction in Paranormal
The National Society of
Collegiate Scholars (NSCS)