Judith Michael is the pseudonym of the husband-and-wife writing team of Judith Barnard (born 1934) and Michael Fain (born 1937). Barnard has worked as a journalist, educational film writer, biographer and editor. She received a B.A. from Ohio State University and an M.A. from Northwestern University. Under her own name, she wrote the novel The Past and Present of Solomon Sorge (1967). Fain has worked as an engineer for NASA, was president of an electronics company in Canada, and published numerous scientific articles under his own name. Jointly, under their two names, Barnard and Fain published articles on marriage and the family in Redbook, Readers' Digest, Ladies Home Journal, among others. As Judith Michael, they published eleven highly successful contemporary novels.
When Judith Barnard and Michael Fain began writing their first novel, Deceptions, in 1982, they sat at desks three feet apart in the second bedroom of a tiny apartment and wove words into fantasies. Now, fifteen years and eight bestsellers later, the couple who writes as Judith Michael (one name is easier for readers to remember), works in separate offices in elegant homes, one in Aspen and one in Chicago.