Renee Benzaim

Biography

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encompassed a lot of research and writing and, in the meantime, I had actually written short stories, poetry, and two unpublished novels.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.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in California in a large family. As an adult, I lived in North Carolina, Delaware, and Hawaii. Looking back, I can see that the ":California mindset" is different, especially from that of the East Coast. I think this influence gives my writing a less formal, more open style. Also, my crime fiction series featuring Robbery/Homicide Detective Annie Avants is set in Kern County/Bakersfield, California where I lived for many years.
When did you first start writing?
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.
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Where to find Renee Benzaim online


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Books

Southern Secrets
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Series: Detective Annie Avants, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 88,510. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2014. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Deep in the Ouachita forests of Arkansas, Zachary Avants finds 3 journals written by his great grandfather that gives sensitive information on a secret society active during the Civil War - the Knights of the Golden Circle. Unfortunately for Zack, and his cousin Det.Annie Avants in California, the KGC & FBI would do anything to recover these journals. Even murder and kidnapping.
Damage Control
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Series: Detective Annie Avants, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 76,840. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
Detectives Annie Avants and Tom Weston tackle one of the most perplexing murder mysteries since they became partners. The crime victim is a well-respected attorney. He has gone missing and the only criminal evidence is his car with blood on the passenger seat.. Before they can understand the criminal mind of the killer, another person goes missing! Is a serial killer stalking Bakersfield?
Cause of Death
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Series: Detective Annie Avants, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 94,590. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
(4.43 from 7 reviews)
A Serial Killer. Black widow spiders. A race to catch the perp before he strikes again. Meet Robbery/Homicide Detective Annie Avants and her partner, Detective Tom Weston of the Kern County Sheriff's Office in Bakersfield, CA. Cause of Death is a spine-chilling thriller that keeps you guessing right up to the last minute - and makes you wonder about the "normal" people in YOUR daily life.
Salsa!
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,810. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Courses & dishes / sauces & dressings
REVISED OCTOBER 2012 to include METRIC weights and measures, as well as American Standard measures. Salsa is one of the most enjoyable foods today, and it's great with tortilla chips, of course, but also makes a wonderful accompaniment with grilled foods, beef, fish, chicken, pork, and as a side dish. This eBook includes 80 delicious recipes, with a focus on fresh fruits and vegetables.
Frog Crossing
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,040. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
April lives on the Delaware Bay and has a question she needs answered. She is drawn into a concealed cavern at the heed of the Frog Queen, who can answer her question. This short-story is approximately 3,000 words.
Can Men Get Yeast Infections?
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,140. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Diseases / contagious
When someone mentions "yeast infections" we usually think of women and the types of yeast infections they experience. Many folks don't even realize that men, also, are victims of yeast infections. In this 34-page booklet, we will explore yeast infections in men - what types they are prone to, how they become infected, symptoms, treatment, and prevention. (booklet: 9100 words)
How to Make Compost
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,920. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Gardening
In this booklet, you will learn the basics of composting and several different methods you can use to handle your kitchen scraps, dog feces, and cat litter. As you learn how to compost your kitchen scraps, leaves, and grass clippings, you will save money on chemical fertilizers and pesticides, and you will keep your garbage out of our over-flowing landfills. (Booklet: 10,800 words)

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Smashwords book reviews by Renee Benzaim

  • Lust, Money & Murder - Book 1, Lust on April 14, 2012

    I loved this book so much, I immediately bought the other two in the series and practically read non-stop until I finished all of them! Mike Wells is an extremely talented writer.
  • Smashwords Style Guide on April 14, 2012

    Thank you Mark! If it wasn't for this ebook, I wouldn't have my first two booklets successfully published. I did read a lot of other "guides" before I found this one, and none of them gave me ALL the information I needed to succeed.
  • Phantasy on Oct. 18, 2013

    I've always been a big fan of Tom Robbins (Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas; Still Life with Woodpecker; Another Roadside Attraction) but never found anyone who quite had his way with words and quirky phrases. That is, until I discovered Marlowe and PHANTASY. If you want a fun read that you can't put down, get a copy of this book and escape into the madcap world of PHANTASY.