How can a thriller be more personal to an author than her own memoir?

Paula McLain--New York Times and international bestselling author of The Paris Wife; the memoir Like Family: Growing Up in Other People’s Houses; and the new thriller When the Stars Go Dark--shares with Eve and Julie various ways in which her childhood of trauma and survival has influenced her writing. They discuss how Paula’s books engage with both the ordinary and extraordinary of being human; how her time spent in libraries as a child gave her one source of stability and happy endings; and why she has learned to trust the workings of her subconscious as she writes. Paula also gives advice on a question faced by every writer sharing their experience: Do I have permission to tell this story?

Like Family: Growing Up in Other

People’s Houses

Observant and yet somewhat guarded, McLain has written a straightforward and moving memoir. -Kristine Huntley, American Library Association. All rights reserved

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Paula McLain

When the Stars Go Dark, by Paula McLain

The Paris Wife, by Paula McLain

Like Family: Growing Up in Other People’s Houses, by Paula McLain

A Ticket to Ride, by Paula McLain

Ep. 45 - “The Push and Pull of the Thriller” ft. Ashley Audrain

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Eve Yohalem

Julie Sternberg

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