Chloe Benjamin

Chloe Benjamin is a graduate of Vassar College and The University of Wisconsin-Madison MFA program. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The AtlanticPankWhiskey Island, and The Washington Independent Review of Books. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Behind the Book: The Anatomy of Dreams

Daniella Wexler of Atria Books and author Chloe Benjamin discuss how Chloe's new book got published and their journey together.

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Chloe Benjamin
Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Don't stop believing.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. My grandmother. She wanted to move to Paris to be a writer, but instead fell in love with my grandfather, a student at Yale Divinity School. Though she became a minister's wife, Grandma refused to lose her eccentricity, her open-minded curiosity, or her love of difference. She doesn't agree with the concept of the Eucharist, keeps a massive painting of a nude woman tussling with a snake in the living room, and embraced my mom completely when Mom began to date another woman.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. I'm a sucker of badass female heroines--Lyra from "The Golden Compass," Cassie Maddox from the Tana French mysteries, and Katniss of "The Hunger Games," which I didn't expect to love; then I became as obsessed as everyone else, and now I'm counting the days until the second movie comes out.

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. I have a small jewelry business, and before that I made stationary. I love to do things with my hands, usually while watching trashy television on my computer. Like "The Bachelor." Of which I am very ashamed.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. I hope it's my compassion.

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