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Alice I Have Been – author interview – Melanie Benjamin

[caption id="attachment_816" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="www.melaniebenjamin.com"][/caption]Melanie Benjamin, author of Alice I Have Been joins us today as our first author of the new year. Alice I Have Been is a love story and a literary mystery, that brilliantly blends fact and fiction to capture the passionate spirit of a woman who was truly worthy of her fictional alter ego, in a world as captivating as the Wonderland only she could inspire. About the Book: Few works of literature are as universally beloved as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Now, in this spellbinding historical novel, we meet the young girl whose bright spirit sent her on an unforgettable trip down the rabbit hole–and the grown woman whose story is no less enthralling. But oh my dear, I am tired of being Alice in Wonderland. Does it sound ungrateful? Alice Liddell Hargreaves’s life has been a richly woven tapestry: As a young woman, wife,

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Sneak Peek into the Historical Novel – Alice I Have Been by author Melanie Benjamin

[caption id="attachment_810" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="www.melaniebenjamin.com"][/caption]Happy New Year to all readers of Paperback Writer! I hope that 2010 fulfills all your dreams and that you find the inspiration to challenge yourself to read lots of books. Melanie Benjamin, author of Alice I Have Been will join us tomorrow to discuss her book and how she came up with the idea, how she creates her characters and so much more. Few works of literature are as universally beloved as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Now, in this spellbinding historical novel, we meet the young girl whose bright spirit sent her on an unforgettable trip down the rabbit hole–and the grown woman whose story is no less enthralling. For those visiting today we are offering a sneak peak into the historical novel Alice I Have Been. Chapter One Oxford, 1859 Off with their–legs. That was the curious notion I had as a child. That

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Long Sentences Like A Good Wine Endure through Time

When did long sentences go out of style? Have we have been taught that in order to grab the attention of the reader we must do it in as few sentences as possible, because we know that the reader’s attention span is very miniscule? The reader’s attention instead has been captured by the electronic age and it is increasingly harder to get people to read. However, in our rush to capture the reader’s attention have our sentences become less vibrant and less meaningful? Great writers of literature endured the test of time. Their sentences were vibrant and full of meaning and their sentences tantalized our senses like an excellent wine with dinner. Have we become unable to appreciate vibrant verbs, the provocative adjectives, the descriptive adverbs that make a sentence more robust and vibrant? Have our words been reduced to simple sentences on a page? The longer sentence where every

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