Melanie Benjamin

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Melanie Benjamin is the author of the New York Times bestselling novels THE SWANS OF FIFTH AVENUE and THE AVIATOR'S WIFE, as well as the national bestseller ALICE I HAVE BEEN, and THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MRS. TOM THUMB and THE GIRLS IN THE PICTURE. MISTRESS OF THE RITZ, a captivating novel based on the story of the extraordinary real-life American woman who secretly worked for the French Resistance during World War II—while playing hostess to the invading Germans at the iconic Hôtel Ritz in Paris - will be out in May of 2019.

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Melanie Benjamin Once I've researched a book fully, and mapped it out in my head - all things that are important to do before you sit down to write; you have to know…moreOnce I've researched a book fully, and mapped it out in my head - all things that are important to do before you sit down to write; you have to know the story you want to tell, where it begins, the highs and lows, how it ends - I typically write 2000 words a day. It doesn't take me very long; a couple of hours at the most. But I'm always thinking about the work and may come back during the day to jot ideas down for things to look for in revisions. Once the manuscript is done - it's a very rough draft; I write quickly but save the polishing for later - I go back and revise, which typically takes a month. Then it's off to my editor so she can chime in and I'll have to go back and revise with her input. I don't have a degree; I never finished college, and when I was there I was interested in theater, not writing. My advice is to read all the time! I came to writing as a reader; I was a fan of authors because I love books. That's the most important trait to have as a novelist - a love of books. Good luck!(less)
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The Aviator's Wife

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Alice I Have Been

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Mistress of the Ritz

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I'm thrilled and honored that THE AVIATOR'S WIFE is nominated for a Goodreads Choice Award - and in such good company! What I love about these awards is that they're all about you, the reader; your input is used in the nomination process, and then your votes are the only ones that count. So please, if you haven't already, vote for your favorite books in all categories, and be thankful that we h... Read more of this blog post »
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“Why, then, did I always feel as if his happiness was my responsibility? It wasn't fair for him to burden me with that. It had never been fair.”
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Shawntel Jefferson Good morning Melanie. Thank you for accepting my friend request. Have a wonderful day.


Melanie Benjamin Melanie wrote: "Lauren wrote: "I loved Alice I have been, haven't read your newest novel yet but looking forward to it and the one you are currently working on. You are a fabulous writer, Happy Reading!!!"

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Thank you, Alyss!


Melanie Benjamin Lauren wrote: "I loved Alice I have been, haven't read your newest novel yet but looking forward to it and the one you are currently working on. You are a fabulous writer, Happy Reading!!!"

Thanks, Lauren!


Lauren I loved Alice I have been, haven't read your newest novel yet but looking forward to it and the one you are currently working on. You are a fabulous writer, Happy Reading!!!


message 6: by Gina

Gina Thank you for friending me Melanie! I'm looking forward to your new novel. Can't wait!


message 5: by April

April Thanks for accepting my friend request! I can't wait until your book comes out, it looks fantastic. :-)


message 4: by Joy

Joy Thank you for the friend invite. I can't wait to read your novel!


Melanie Benjamin Lauren wrote: "Girl, I am SO THRILLED about ALICE I HAVE BEEN. Also your new photo is lovely! Congratulations! XO"

Thanks, Lauren! (I just took the photo yesterday; new haircut! And nice natural light to diffuse all the "fine lines!")

I sent you an email AGES ago telling you I ordered MATING RITUALS...I suppose you were too busy having parties thrown by GalleyCat to respond!



message 2: by Ellen

Ellen My pal! So good to see you here!! Congrats again on the exciting new book ... I know it's going to soar. Can't wait to read it.
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Lauren Girl, I am SO THRILLED about ALICE I HAVE BEEN. Also your new photo is lovely! Congratulations! XO


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