Michelle Gagnon is a former modern dancer, dog walker, bartender, freelance journalist, personal trainer, model, and Russian supper club performer. To the delight of her parents, she gave up all these occupations for an infinitely more stable and lucrative career as a crime fiction writer.
Michelle's novels have been published in North America, France, Spain, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Argentina, and Australia, and have been IMBA top 10 bestsellers. Her debut thriller THE TUNNELS, about a series of ritualized murders in the abandoned tunnel system beneath a university, has been described as "Silence of the Lambs meets The Wicker Man." The following book in the series, BONEYARD, depicts a cat and mouse game between dueling serial killers in the Berkshires. Michelle's third book, THE GATEKEEPER, involves a domestic terror plot by anti-immigration hate groups. The fourth and final book in the series, KIDNAP & RANSOM, is based on the real life abduction of a renowned hostage negotiator by Mexican drug cartels.
Michelle Gagnon's Young Adult technothriller DON'T TURN AROUND was nominated for a Thriller Award in the Young Adult category by the International Thriller Writer's Association. It was also selected as one of the best YA books of the year by Entertainment Weekly Magazine, Kirkus, Voya, and YALSA (the Young Adult Library Services Association); and was chosen for teen reading lists in Texas and Florida. DTA is also a finalist for the Black Eyed Susan Award in Maryland.
Michelle Gagnon's Young Adult dystopian thriller STRANGELETS was released by the new SoHo Teen imprint in April, 2013. Publishers Weekly described it as, ""Well-executed survivalist horror... Pulse-pounding;" and Kirkus said, "Three very different teens on the edge of death get firsthand experience of the Many-Worlds Interpretation of quantum mechanics."Michelle is President of the Northern California Chapter of the MWA, and is also a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers.
In her spare time she runs errands and indulges a weakness for stale cinema popcorn and Hollywood blockbusters. She splits her time between San Francisco and Los Angeles.