Author Melanie Benjamin Reflects on the Pleasures and Perils of the Writing Game

Author Melanie Benjamin Reflects on the Pleasures and Perils of the Writing Game

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  As a person who, in real life, doesn’t like change (I’ve driven the same kind of car for decades), I’m proud that my ability to pivot has saved my writing career more than once. My first two published books were duds. I say that lovingly. I had a very tough time staying published. So—pivot! I changed my name, I changed my genre. It worked for me, as my goal, then and always, is to have a career, not a one-off. It’s a marathon, not a sprint; I tell myself that daily. And after having pivoted into writing historical fiction, …

10 Tips for a Perfect Trip to Paris from Author Melanie Benjamin

10 Tips for a Perfect Trip to Paris from Author Melanie Benjamin

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I love Paris, and I was thrilled finally to be able to set a book in my favorite city in the world. And now I would love to share some of my favorite tips for falling in love with the City of Light.   1. Try to speak French   When in Rome….I am a big believer of leaving behind my Americanisms and fully immersing myself in the rhythms and customs of a different culture. When I’m in Paris, I try to speak a bit of French…nothing more than a few common phrases, but I feel it’s a courtesy, and …

Enter to Win Signed Copies of Every Melanie Benjamin Novel Plus Stunning Parisian Prizes!

Enter to Win Signed Copies of Every Melanie Benjamin Novel Plus Stunning Parisian Prizes!

“No one writes of the complexities of women’s lives and loves like [New York Times and USA Today bestselling author] Melanie Benjamin.” —Elizabeth Letts, New York Times bestselling author of Finding Dorothy.   To celebrate the release of Melanie Benjamin’s latest novel about wartime Paris, Mistress of the Ritz, we’re offering Bookstr readers the chance to win some incredible prizes, including signed copies of all of Melanie Benjamin’s novels!   Enter our amazing giveaway for your chance to win:   Signed copies of Melanie Benjamin novels, including, Mistress of the Ritz, Alice I Have Been, The Girls in the Picture, The Aviator’s Wife, The Swans of Fifth Avenue, and The Autobiography …