Jacquelyn Benson

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Jacquelyn Benson has always known who she wanted to be when she grew up: Indiana Jones. But since real archaeology involves far more cataloguing pot shards and digging through muck than diving out of airplanes and battling Nazis, she decided to devote herself to shamelessly making things up instead.

Jacquelyn studied anthropology in Belfast, Northern Ireland and married a man from Dublin, New Hampshire. She wrote a thesis on paranormal investigators and spent four years living in a museum. When not writing, you may find her turning flowers into wine, herding an unruly toddler, or hiding under a blanket devouring genre fiction. THE SMOKE HUNTER is her first novel.

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Jacquelyn Benson Ellie is an entirely fictional creation--I didn't knowingly steal pieces of any friends, family or acquaintances in her making. She did, however,…moreEllie is an entirely fictional creation--I didn't knowingly steal pieces of any friends, family or acquaintances in her making. She did, however, evolve rather dramatically over the course of writing the book. I started out with the idea of a heroine with a more troubled past and some rather heavy emotional baggage, then halfway through the first draft realized she was starting to depress me! I needed someone with more enthusiasm and spark for this book, and so I came up with the notion of centering the story on a woman who is basically a tremendous nerd with a lot of courage and determination. (less)
Jacquelyn Benson I can't afford writer's block. I have two kids under the age of four. When I have time to write, I'd better be making progress, not staring listlessly…moreI can't afford writer's block. I have two kids under the age of four. When I have time to write, I'd better be making progress, not staring listlessly at a blank screen.

I've found that 99% of the time, if I'm having trouble moving forward, it's an issue of process, not content. Figuring out what kind of writer I was -- namely an inveterate plotter, not a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants type -- made all the difference. I need to tackle each part of constructing a story separately: plot, themes, scene planning, dialogue, narrative. If I get stuck, it's probably because I'm trying to jump ahead in that process before I've done the proper groundwork. (less)
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The Smoke Hunter

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Confession: I have a minor obsession with abandoned places. The more crumbling, overgrown, and full of dangerous bits of rusted metal or roofs in imminent risk of collapse, the happier I am.


Here on the New Hampshire Seacoast, I've managed to squirm my way into some places I am patently not allowed to go (and will therefore not list here in a public forum).


Maybe it's the same reason I'm nuts for...

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