Saturday 31 May 2014

7 Questions with #Author Ann Benjamin - #Contemporary #Fiction

What’s your greatest character strength?
I am a very loyal person who loves to include everyone. I’m not sure where the trait developed, but I am an inclusionist to a fault.

Why do you write?
Because I have to!  Honestly, I’m not sure what I would do with all these ideas I have.  Where would they go?  I suppose if I was artistically inclined, I’d have a way to creatively express myself, but writing is like breathing.

Have you always enjoyed writing?
I have always enjoyed writing!  Literally, I have a picture of myself at age 8 sitting on our front porch with a three ring binder and a box of pencils working on some story or another.  In college, I flirted with screenplays but in my early twenties I finished my first novel and haven’t looked back.  If I’m not working actively on a book, then I’m definitely editing something.  Even when I’m reading, I’m wondering how my own books stack up.

What motivates you to write?
I’m motivated by a lot – song lyrics, podcasts, and artwork.   Ideas come from all over.

What writing are you most proud of?
Two unpublished works – one YA and one historical thriller.  I hope they do get published at some point.

What are you most proud of in your personal life?
Taking a risk and moving outside of the United States.  My husband and I decided seven years ago to try expat living and nothing has paid off more. 

What books did you love growing up?
I loved a lot of books and credit some great authors with getting me interested in writing.  I loved and read (and reread) the entire Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder.  I still think Alanna (from the Tortall series by Tamora Pierce) is one of the best female protagonists ever.  I also love the Betsy-Tacy series by Maud Hard Lovelace.


One hotel suite. One year. Many stories. The Winchester Hotel is an active property in Beverly Hills, California. Luxurious and discreet, it is a perfect location for business meetings, weddings, affairs, and other important life events - including the death of an A List celebrity. Told from the omniscient perspective of the room, the reader has a front row seat to the drama that unfolds in the suite. Although each chapter is unique, the characters' lives intertwine in a way only possible in a major metropolis like Los Angeles.

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Genre - Contemporary
Rating – R
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