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Elaine Sciolino

Elaine Sciolino Gabriela Sciolino Plump

Elaine Sciolino is the author of the award-winning book Persian Mirrors: The Elusive Face of Iran. She is a Paris correspondent and former Paris bureau chief for The New York Times, having previously served as the newspaper’s chief diplomatic correspondent and UN bureau chief. In 2010, she was decorated a chevalier of the Legion of Honor. She has also been a foreign correspondent for Newsweek, based in Paris and Rome. She lives in Paris with her husband.

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  • Elaine Sciolino Gabriela Sciolino Plump
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Q & A

Where are you from?
I was born and raised in an Italian immigrant neighborhood on the West Side of Buffalo, New York

Who are your favorite writers?
Edith Wharton, Maureen Dowd, Garrison Keillor

Which book/books have had the biggest influence on your writing?
William Zinsser. On Writing Well.

What are your hobbies and outside interests?
Playing tennis with my daughter Gabriela. Swimming with my daughter Alessandra.
Finding odd treasures and pieces of history in any second-hand shop in the world. Collecting old iron. Buying old books. Jogging in the Luxembourg gardens.

What is the single best piece of advice anyone ever gave you?
I have several. Here are a few of them:
You marry a package.
If the problem's money, you don't have a problem.
A good book is a done book.

What is your favorite quote?
If he doesn't think you walk on water, dump him. (I tell this to my daughters).

What is the question most commonly asked by your readers? What is the answer?
Where do you get the ideas for your stories? The answer: listening instead of talking, walking down random streets.

What inspired you to write your first book?
My knowledge of Iraq and Iran and the prospect of a war. (And an unexpected phone call from a guy I knew from grad school who became a book publisher).

Where do you write?
In the dining room of my apartment in Paris, looking out at a 19th century courtyard.

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BOOKS BY THE AUTHOR

La Seduction

Elaine Sciolino

The hidden truth about the French way of life: it's all about seduction—its rules, its pleasures, its secretsFrance is a seductive country, seductive in its elegance, its beauty,...

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