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...]

Le Cœur de Paris. Le Cœur de la France.

  My native land will always remain tucked in my heart. So when hardship strikes in France, I instinctively travel back. Everyone across the world felt something when flames engulfed Notre Dame cathedral on Monday. The reactions and concern were genuine, whether coming from officials or on my own phone through kind texts and e-mails. One of the most visited monuments on earth, Notre … [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...]

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 Challenge and to highlight a few of the bloggers who not only finished the challenge but went far beyond most … [Read More...]

Writing for Children

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...]

I Now Have an Agent

I am very happy to announce that Laurel Sydmonds from The Bent Agency is now my agent. From now on, Laurel is representing me and I am very … [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

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 […]

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

 X AU JUS         Literally:? This expression is impossible to translate Meaning: counting down the very few days left until the end   That’s a tricky one to explain, especially because I didn’t know this expression . I knew each expression I picked for this 2018 challenge. To test their popularity in […]

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