Meg Waite Clayton discusses the first pages of her latest novel, The Postmistress of Paris, how she reached out on social media to find experts to help her write her opening (and it worked!), her method of drafting in the first person to draw her closer to her third person narrative, and the best advice she ever got: “Use extraordinary actions to illuminate ordinary emotions.”
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Meg Waite Clayton is the author of eight novels, most recently the international bestseller The Postmistress of Paris, which is a Good Morning America Buzz Book, New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice, Publishers Weekly notable book, Indie Next booksellers pick, and an Amazon Editors’ Pick recommended by People Magazine and USA Today. HerJewish Book Award finalist The Last Train to London, is a national and international bestseller, and is published or forthcoming in 20 languages. Her screenplay for the novel was chosen for the prestigious Meryl Streep- and Nicole Kidman-sponsored The Writers Lab. Meg’s prior novels include the #1 Amazon fiction bestseller Beautiful Exiles; the Langum Prize honored The Race for Paris; The Wednesday Sisters, named one of Entertainment Weekly’s 25 Essential Best Friend Novels of all time (on a list with The Three Musketeers!); and The Language of Light, a finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction. She mentors for the OpEd Project and is a member of the National Book Critics Circle and the California bar.