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Author interview: Samantha Stroh Bailey on Finding Lucas and the art of self-publishing

Toronto-based author Samantha Stroh Bailey just self-published her first book, Finding Lucas, an honest and funny novel about Jamie Ross, a woman who realizes five years into her relationship that her boyfriend, Derek, is no longer the same man she fell in love with. And even though she can hardly stand to be around him anymore, and her closest friends and family make it clear they think he’s no good for her, she can’t find the courage to leave him. Then one day she starts thinking about Lucas, the guy who confessed his love to her when they were both much younger, and Jamie makes a leap of courage that takes her to some truly unexpected places.

Publishing this book has been a journey in itself for Stroh Bailey, who took it upon herself to research the self-publishing process and launch her novel as an ebook—it can be purchased from Amazon’s Kindle store. The author spoke to us from her Toronto home about the chicklit genre, the self-publishing process, and the inspiration for Finding Lucas.
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Now available: the Bookclub-in-a-Box guide to Paula McLain's The Paris Wife

We’re excited to announce that as of today, the discussion guide for Paula McLain’s much-buzzed-about, Jazz Age–era fictional memoir, written from the perspective of Ernest Hemingway’s first wife, Hadley, is now available in print and PDF. Every guide includes:

· Novel Synopsis
· Author Information
· Character Analysis
· Themes, Writing Style & Structure, and Symbols
· Discussion Questions
· Important Quotes from the Novel
· Special section on the real Hemingway and his work
· A one-on-one Q&A with Paula McLain about Hemingway, research methods, and her next novel (about Marie Curie)! (more…)

Happy New Year, bibliophiles! Preorder your guide to Paula McLain's The Paris Wife today

Hope you enjoyed some time off over the holidays with your loved ones. After enjoying many feasts with our own families, Bookclub-in-a-Box is back with a great recommendation for your first read of 2012: Paula McLain’s The Paris Wife, a novel based on the relationship of Ernest Hemingway and his first wife, Hadley, as they made their lives together in Paris in the 1920s. If you’ve read Hemingway’s memoir A Moveable Feast, you’ll love hearing McLain’s interpretation of the heartbreaking story from Hadley’s perspective.

The full Bookclub-in-a-Box discussion guide, available January 20th, will include the following:

· Novel Synopsis
· Author Information
· Character Analysis
· Themes, Writing Style & Structure, and Symbols
· Discussion Questions
· Important Quotes from the Novel
· Special section on Hemingway’s own work
· A one-on-one Q&A with Paula McLain about
Hemingway, her research methods, and her next
novel (about Marie Curie)!

Click here to preorder your guide to The Paris Wife today.

Author interview: Paula McLain on Hemingway, The Paris Wife, and her next novel

Countless memoirs and biographies have been written about the great artists who lived in Paris during the 1920s, a time that Woody Allen refers to as the “literary Golden Age” in his new movie Midnight in Paris. But long before that interpretation hit screens, American author Paula McLain was inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s memoir A Moveable Feast, which tells the story of his first move to Paris, his first wife, and the beginning of a legendary career.

Before long, McLain hit the books to gain a better understanding of the (ultimately doomed) relationship between Hadley and Hemingway, and used that research to write her own novel that finds the emotional core and tells the story from Hadley’s point of view. McLain, who lives in Cleveland, Ohio, with her family, recently spoke to Bookclub-in-a-Box about her best-selling novel, The Paris Wife.

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