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Book Club Month 1: Kimberly Belle's "The Personal Assistant"

What is something that we all wish we had more time to do, but always seem to put it off? Read! As we prepare to kick off the new year, you may have seen us hint that we are starting a book club and we are so excited to share more details with you all today!

First, how will the Dr. Noze Best Book Club work?

We are so excited to get our community involved from both near and far because it will be hosted as a virtual book club. 

Sign up HERE to be alerted exactly where and when to tune in each month, as well as special offers, Q&As and behind the scenes scoop on our authors and monthly book choices!

We will announce our monthly author and book a month in advance both right here on the blog as well as through an Instagram Live (follow us here), giving you enough time to read the book and learn about the author in advance. Then, we will host the actual book club, led by the author themselves, on Zoom!

Consider this your very own, personal invitation!

Our very first book is Kimberly Belle's "The Personal Assistant!"

The Personal Assistant

About Kimberly Bell

Kimberly Belle is the USA Today and internationally bestselling author of eight novels, including The Personal Assistant (11.29.22), The Marriage Lie, a Goodreads Choice Awards semifinalist for Best Mystery & Thriller, and the co-authored #1 Audible Original, Young Rich Widows. Her books have been published in more than in a dozen languages and have been optioned for film and television. A graduate of Agnes Scott College, Belle divides her time between Atlanta and Amsterdam.

Keep up with Kimberly on Instagram (@KimberlySBelle), Facebook (KimberlyBelleBooks) and Twitter (@KimberlySBelle) or via her website at www.kimberlybellebooks.com.

5 Questions With Kimberly Belle

We sat down with author Kimberly Belle and got the scoop on what goes on during the writing process, inspiration, and even some advice for aspiring writers!

Kimberly Belle

DNB: What inspires you to create your novels?

KB: Deadlines lol! In all seriousness, I love exploring themes of betrayal and forgiveness. What secrets/actions are unforgivable? Does doing a bad thing make you a bad person? What if you do a bad thing for all the right reasons? All my stories seem to come back to these questions, and how depending on the circumstances, sometimes the answers can change.

DNB: What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

KB: I do most of my research as I write, and what kind of research depends largely on the subject matter. For The Personal Assistant, much of my research was around the influencer culture and specifics of the job -- why real-life influencers have gotten cancelled, how much money they make and how, etc. It was truly fascinating!

DNB: What is your writing Kryptonite?

KB: As ironic as it sounds in light of TPA's subject matter, social media. It's a time suck, and it pings all day. We authors are required to be on it, but it definitely distracts from the actual word counts.

DNB: What are common traps for aspiring writers?

KB: Waiting for the muse to hit is a big one. If you wait for inspiration you'll never get a story written. Treat this like the job it is: sit in your chair and write until you hit your word count goal. Another trap is thinking a story has to be perfect before you show it to anyone else. Find some trusted critique partners who can overlook a bit of rough prose and point to any other issues your story may have. The writing can be smoothed out while you wait for their feedback.

DNB: If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

KB: Stay true to yourself and write the story of your heart. Publishers and the market may try to push you in a different direction, but the best stories are the ones you feel compelled (rather than pressured) to tell.

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