An Inspiring and Symbiotic Friendship Makes History in The First Ladies by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray – Video Interview Included!

The First Ladies

Another Great Collaboration:

Much like the dynamic and accomplished women in The First Ladies, Mary McLeod Bethune and Eleanor Roosevelt, Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray have forged an incredible friendship and partnership. Following the great success of The Personal Librarian, they have released their second collaboration, The First Ladies. Please find the video recording of the Book Nation Book Club interview as well as a Q & A with the authors below. Enjoy!

Zoom Recording:

Author Q & A:

(provided to me by Berkley publicist)

What was your writing process in crafting THE FIRST LADIES as a co-author pair?

Tell us what inspired you to write this story? Where did you first hear of the friendship between Mary McLeod Bethune and Eleanor Roosevelt?

How many books have you each written and are they all together?

Can you tell us about the two main characters in the book? What was it like researching them?

What are your different writing styles?

What is your writing routine with a pair?

Tell us something we wouldn’t know about you both?

How did you meet and how did you decide to write books together?

About the Authors:

Marie Benedict

MARIE BENEDICT: Marie Benedict is a lawyer with more than ten years’ experience as a litigator. She found her calling unearthing the hidden historical stories of women. Her mission is to excavate from the past the most important, complex and fascinating women of history and bring them into the light of present-day where we can finally perceive the breadth of their contributions as well as the insights they bring to modern day issues.

Her historical novels include THE OTHER EINSTEIN, which tells the tale of Albert Einstein’s first wife, a physicist herself, and the role she might have played in his theories. The next novel in this series is the USA Today bestselling CARNEGIE’S MAID, then the New York Times bestseller and Barnes & Noble Book Club Pick THE ONLY WOMAN IN THE ROOM, the story of the brilliant inventor Hedy Lamarr. Next is international bestseller, LADY CLEMENTINE, the story of the incredible Clementine Churchill, and then the Instant NYTimes and USAToday bestselling THE MYSTERY OF MRS. CHRISTIE.

Her first co-written book with the talented Victoria Christopher Murray, the instant NYTimes bestseller and Good Morning America Book Club Pick THE PERSONAL LIBRARIAN, was released on June 29, 2021. 

Following that was HER HIDDEN GENIUS, about the brilliant British scientist Rosalind Franklin who discovered the structure of DNA but whose research was used without her permission by Crick and Watson to win the Nobel Prize.

Most recently she released the bestselling THE MITFORD AFFAIR, which explores the role that history’s most notorious sisters — the beautiful, brilliant, eccentric Mitfords — played in the rise of World War II, both for and against the Nazis. 

And finally, this past June she published her next co-written novel with Victoria Christopher Murray, the instant NYTimes bestseller THE FIRST LADIES.

Writing as Heather Terrell, Marie also published the historical novels The Chrysalis, The Map Thief, and Brigid of Kildare. Marie’s novels have been translated into twenty-nine languages.

Victoria Christopher Murray

Dubbed a Christian Fiction writer because no one else was writing novels filled with drama but with God in the center, Victoria trailblazed the literary scene penning more than 30 novels, co-writing with other authors, and ghostwriting for top talent across the country.

Victoria lives in Washington, D.C and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Victoria originally self-published her first novel, Temptation and in 2000, Time Warner published that novel. 

Temptation made numerous best sellers list and remained on the Essence bestsellers list for nine consecutive months.

Temptation was nominated for an NAACP Image Award in Outstanding Literature.

Victoria has received numerous awards including the Phyllis Wheatley Trailblazer Award for being a pioneer in African American Fiction. Since 2007, Victoria has won nine African American Literary Awards for best novel, best Christian fiction and Author of the Year — Female. After five nominations, Victoria finally won an NAACP Image Award in Outstanding Literary Work for her social commentary novel, Stand Your Ground.

Victoria’s Seven Deadly Sins Series has been made into movies.

Lust, Envy, Wrath, Greed and Pride can be seen on Lifetime TV.

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