Elizabeth Benedict is a bestselling novelist, journalist, and editor of two acclaimed anthologies, one the recent New York Times bestseller, What My Mother Gave Me: 31 Women on the Gifts That Mattered Most, and Mentors, Muses & Monsters: 30 Writers on the People Who Changed Their Lives. Contributors these books include Joyce Carol Oates, Mary Gordon, Cheryl Strayed, Jonathan Safran Foer, Rita Dove, and dozens of other prominent writers. Her novels include the National Book Award finalist, Slow Dancing, the bestseller Almost, and her most recent, the psychological thriller, The Practice of Deceit. She’s also the author of a celebrated book on writing sex scenes in literary fiction, The Joy of Writing Sex, which is widely used in MFA writing programs and has been in print since 1996. She works as a writing coach and private editor. Several of her personal essays are about having grown up on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.