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I remember the first long story I ever wrote. I was in the third grade and my teacher, Miss Steere, asked us each to write a story about something in history.
I chose to write about the Donner party and the tragedies that befell them as they tried to make it to the Wild West.
I went on and on. I was having so much fun and making up stories about the people and conversations between them. It was like a game to me. It didn't occur to me that I wanted to be a writer when I grew up. I wasn't even old enough to understand what it meant to be grown up.
Throughout school, whenever I had to write something, I always had a lot of fun with assignments. I remember writing about the Salem Witches when I was in high school and how exciting it was to make up "real" people who lived then and, unfortunately, also died.
So what did I do when I was finally an adult? I worked as an accountant, secretary, draftsman of pre-fab metal buildings, I studied Criminal Justice and worked at the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department for a time. I ended up with a career as a paralegal.
Well, that wasn't too bad. It encompassed a lot of research and writing and, in the meantime, I had actually written short stories, poetry, and two unpublished novels. I did have one non-fiction piece published in a magazine in the 80s. Yippee!
When I lived in Hawaii, I even helped a famous Chef publish two cook books.
Finally, I said "enough", quit everything, took early retirement, and moved to Morocco.
Now, I am a writer. I love my life, and I hope you enjoy my books as much as I enjoy writing them. I have a lot of fun with my characters and stories. To me, they are real people and my joy is sharing them with you and the rest of the world.
on June 11, 2014 :
I just finished Southern Secrets, and I am totally impressed with the depth of research that goes into Renee Benzaim's books. I found myself going to Google to read more about the history of the Knights of the Golden Circle. I loved this book, the third in the Annie Avants series and look forward to Green Witch, Dead Witch. If you like the combination of adventure and history, Southern Secrets is for you! Isabelle Montero, San Francisco, Ca
(reviewed long after purchase)
on May 24, 2014 :
Great story. Kept my mind involved. Very interesting to learn about the Knights of the Golden Circle. A must read for any history buff. Good plot and theme with some actual realities. Another good book in this series about Detective Annie Avants. Looking forward to the authors next book Green Witch, Dead Witch.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)