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Chronicles From Château Moines

Chronicles From Château Moines, my middle grade novel, is now Released! This is entirely a work of fiction but the cultural, social, and historical backgrounds of the early ‘70s in France and the USA inspired the writing. The story starts on September 14, 1970. This is back to school day in Château Moines, a small French town. Sylvie isn’t too happy. Her maman has said no to the pair … [Read More...]

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What Happened to Thanksgiving?

  A few days ago I wrote that November has always been a special month for me. Yet since I live in the US, this is definitely Thanksgiving that makes November so special. France doesn’t have the equivalent of Thanksgiving, so I will write a post in French for my French friends, as we get closer to the holiday. Promise! But this one is for my fellow Americans who are the reason … [Read More...]

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La Toussaint or The Day of the Dead

Yesterday I wrote about my American Halloween experiences and how my first one was so foreign that I could have been E.T. for all I know. On the other hand, if there is something foreign to the American people it is La Toussaint or the Day of All Saints. Also called Le Jour des Morts or The Day of the Dead, this day, celebrated on November 1 all over France, honors all dead … [Read More...]

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Welcome Home

The only reason I tolerate the elliptical machine and the stationary bike at the gym is that they allow me to catch the morning news. The only problem is that I never liked plugging earphones – I don’t even like earrings.  So unlike the men and women who pedal next to me, I can’t listen to the news. But I can read, thanks to the closed captioning. Closed captioning is great, but sometimes … [Read More...]

Writing for Children

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What Can Happen When We Feel Strange, Stupid, Different

While I am working on promoting my Middle Grade novel Chronicles From Château Moines, I re-read Wonder, which is in my opinion one of the best Middle … [Read More...]

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Post Publication Feelings

Two feelings battled inside me as soon as Chronicles From Château Moines was released. Relief: Regardless of the outcome, I did it. Anxiety: Now … [Read More...]

Just Groovy!

In my new middle grade novel Chronicles From Château Moines Scott has moved from Santa Monica, California, to Château Moines, Normandy. He has lost … [Read More...]

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“Be Awesome, Be a Book Nut.”

Libraries have been my home away from home since a very long time. In one aisle of this castle used to be the library where I spent so much time in … [Read More...]

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Look! My New Book Got a Cover!

When my first story was published in a children’s magazine, I knew that an illustrator would put a face on my set of characters. I was curious, of … [Read More...]

On the Run…

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What Happened to Thanksgiving?

  A few days ago I wrote that November has always been a special month for me. Yet since I live in the US, this is definitely … [Read More...]

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La Toussaint or The Day of the Dead

Yesterday I wrote about my American Halloween experiences and how my first one was so foreign that I could have been E.T. for all I know. On the … [Read More...]

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Franglais Halloween

  Pour la première fois depuis que je suis arrivée aux USA, mon Halloween sera sans enfants. Toutes ces citrouilles, ces déguisements, ces … [Read More...]

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Montréal, mon Petit Paris en Amérique du Nord

    L’un des avantages à ne plus avoir d’enfants à plein temps à la maison, même s’ils me manquent beaucoup, est de pouvoir … [Read More...]

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