Janet Skeslien Charles – Novelist discusses writing across two time-frames

Janet Skeslien-Charles new novel is ‘The Paris Library’, inspired by the true stories of the librarians who risked their lives during the Nazi’s war on words. We talk about when she heard that tale, how she knew there was a book in it, and she’d be the one to write it.

It’s been published into 16 languages, was sought by 12 different publishers, the production rights have already been sold… it’s a hit.

It comes off the back of her stunning debut, ‘Moonlight in Odessa’, which took 10 years to write. We discuss why she brooded over the idea for such a time, and how place and environment have given her the inspiration for her stories so far.


We discuss research, on Google and in the library, why she likes to know everything as she plots, but why that doesn’t mean there aren’t surprises along the way. You can hear why she changes the structure of her sentences between characters to highlight their differences, and what it’s like writing and thinking in two languages.


Grab a copy of the book here – https://amzn.to/3y8reZL


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