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This September, Soho Press will publish Billy Boyle: A World War II Mystery (see review, p. 55) as its lead title. Currently coordinator of information technology for the West Hartford Public Schools, CT, author James R. Benn was one of several librarians profiled in "Shelf Life: Librarians Who Write" (LJ 2/15/04, p. 34-37).
1 How has your career as a librarian influenced your writing life?
Writing has brought my career full circle, back to books as the basis of what I love doing. The joy of exploring literature is what brought me to my first job ever, as a public library page at age 15.
2 Now that you have a two-book deal with Soho (the second Billy …