Jacquelyn Benson

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Jacquelyn Benson writes smart historical thrillers where strong women confront the stranger things that occupy the borders of our world.

She once lived in a museum, wrote a master’s thesis on the cultural anthropology of paranormal investigation, and received a gold medal for being clever. She owes a great deal to her elementary school librarian for sagely choosing to acquire the entire Time-Life Mysteries of the Unknown series.

Her debut novel, The Smoke Hunter, was nominated for Best Historical Fiction by RT Times. When not writing, she enjoys the company of a tall, dark, and handsome English teacher and practices unintentional magic.

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Jacquelyn Benson Harley, you're a peach. I'm so glad you enjoyed The Smoke Hunter! To answer your question - absolutely. Yes. There are actually three more books plann…moreHarley, you're a peach. I'm so glad you enjoyed The Smoke Hunter! To answer your question - absolutely. Yes. There are actually three more books planned for Ellie and Adam. Due to convoluted publishing logistics issues, I can’t tell you exactly when those stories will be released. But I promise they’re coming, and they will be more fun than a snake in the bathtub.(less)
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, evol…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)
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“If she were a man, no one would think twice about her decision to undertake such a venture. It was just another way the world tried to keep her sex at home, docile and bored to insanity.
To hell with all of them, she thought boldly.”
Jacquelyn Benson, The Smoke Hunter

“On the horizon, the dark line of the mountains was almost invisible, lost in the haze of late afternoon. Somewhere in their midst lay the goal of her map, the possible location of a stunning archaeological discovery. However far away those peaks might look today, they were there, and that meant they could be reached, one way or another.”
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“Where one foot has tread, others will follow. It is foolishness to think it can be stopped. The whole world will be laid bare eventually, all its secrets dragged out of their hiding places and set down on your maps.”
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