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?




When the Stars Go Dark


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

GOOD MORNING AMERICA BUZZ PICK

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY MARIE CLAIRE


“A total departure for the author of The Paris Wife, McLain’s emotionally intense and exceptionally well-written thriller entwines its fictional crime with real cases.”People (Book of the Week)


“The kind of heart-pounding conclusion that thriller fans crave . . . In the end, a book full of darkness lands with a message of hope.”TheNew York Times Book Review


“This genre-bending novel [is an] absolutely incredible literary thriller about the human journey.”Good Morning America


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