My New Young Adult Novel Is Released!

  My New Young Adult Novel All the Mountains We Can Climb Is Released! ABOUT THE STORY Since her father and sister died in a car crash, Noelle survives with the last words she told them seconds before the accident – words so unspeakable, she’s never shared them with anyone. A year later, still ashamed and guilty, she adheres to her mother’s rules, established after the … [Read More...]

They Are on my Mind

On June 6, 1944 thousands of men, some still boys, fought and died on the beaches of my childhood. The survivors rarely spoke about what they went through that day. When they landed in Normandy they had two goals in mind: free Europe and also protect their fellow soldiers. When I walked those same beaches they were so often on my mind. Today we are honoring all of them. I chose to re-publish … [Read More...]

Chez Moi in the USA: the eBook from my Blog

In the early days of 2019 I announced that I would stop blogging to focus on my writing. I had no idea that a significant event would meet my small personal decision. Now that I am Repped by an agent, it makes complete sense to bring my blogging years to closure. My husband applied his technical skills to retool my website and to bring my eBook Chez Moi in the USA to publication, cover … [Read More...]

A Voice that Gave me a Chance

People leave their mark in many different ways. Sometimes it’s a voice calling you to offer you a chance. Years ago, when my family had settled in the California foothills, I looked for local writers and soon met women who would become critique partners and friends too. One of them, old enough to be my mother, had been a journalist and was a very skilled writer. One day, upon reading one of my … [Read More...]

A, B, C, D, E, F, G… NOW I KNOW MY ABCs

  Learning the alphabet is such a significant step for young children, their teachers and parents. However, I do not have clear memories of learning my alphabet while the moment I could read is still etched on my mind. I do remember, though, moments of hesitation when I learned the alphabet when I took English classes at school. The French letter G, for example, reads as the English … [Read More...]

Writing for Children

Word by Word

So honored to find my blog post about writing in another language featured on Rate Your Story! Rate Your Story is a fantastic website if your write … [Read More...]

Spring News From The Writing And Reading Front

Winter is officially over, even though it’s not always obvious everywhere in our own vast country and even in my native France. Yet, change is in … [Read More...]

Where Did February Go?

Even though the month of February is the shortest, I always found it longer than any other when my kids were little and in school. For the last … [Read More...]

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Chez Moi in the USA

Chez Moi in the USA: the eBook from my Blog

In the early days of 2019 I announced that I would stop blogging to focus on my writing. I had no idea that a significant event would meet my small … [Read More...]

French Friday: Au Revoir

  As soon as I knew how to write I turned to words when things overwhelmed me, whether in a good or bad way. So in my early days in the … [Read More...]

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A to Z

A, B, C, D, E, F, G… NOW I KNOW MY ABCs

  Learning the alphabet is such a significant step for young children, their teachers and parents. However, I do not have clear memories of learning my alphabet while the moment I could read is still etched on my mind. I do remember, though, moments of hesitation when I learned the alphabet when I took English […]

Reflections Post 2018 A to Z Challenge

  The 2018 A to Z is over! Whoever writes every day knows that it’s not an easy task. Posting for 26 days, following the alphabetical order, can be quite a challenge. What do you say about the last letters of the alphabet, people? It’s now time to wrap up the 2018 A to Z […]

From A to Z, Twenty-Six Funny, Weird, Vivid French Expressions

  LA BOULE À ZÉRO     Literally: the ball at zero Best equivalent: shaved head   In popular French la boule designates the head. Maybe soccer fans remember the French soccer star Zidane’s infamous “coup de boule” that earned him a red card. Back to the expression du jour: A shaved  head with no […]

From A to Z, Twenty-Six Funny, Weird, Vivid French Expressions

YOYOTER DE LA CAFETIÈRE     Literally: playing yo-yo with the coffee maker Best equivalent: to have a screw loose   In French une cafetière is a coffee maker, but in slang it designates the head or the brain. Yoyoter is a fabricated verb based on the yo-yo game, described as simple. By extension, a […]

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