Chronicles From Château Moines, my middle grade novel, is now Released!
Check here what Publishers Weekly wrote about my novel.
Chronicles From Château Moines is entirely a work of fiction, but the cultural, social, and historical backgrounds of the early 1970s 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 of Levi’s and other American clothes Sylvie dreams to wear for her first day in seventh grade.
Her best friend Annie on the other side is over excited: A new boy has just moved to town. And he is American.
A Few Words About Chronicles From Château Moines:
Although Sylvie is immediately drawn to Scott, looking so exotic with his American accent and perfectly faded Levi’s, she cannot say a word to him. Later that day, she can’t even write any good lyrics in her secret notebook either.
Sylvie has the feeling that this first day of school marks the beginning of a lot of unpleasant firsts.
If only she knew how Scott is feeling!
His mom has recently died and his father has moved his family from California to Normandy. Now Scott has to learn to live without his mom while adjusting to France.
On this first day of school he’s as displaced as can be. In his seventh grade class there is only Ibrahim who comes from another country. At home his eight-year old sister Stacey misses their mom very much, so Scott tries to be a good big brother, but this is hard.
Scott doesn’t even want to play his guitar anymore. Why does his father think that life will be better so far from home? This move is crazy.
While Scott and Sylvie struggle with their daily lives, the world around them is also in turmoil.
Chronicles From Château Moines is set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War protest era and social and cultural changes in France.
Told in alternating first-person chapters, from the perspectives of Scott and Sylvie, the novel is a story about loss and friendship, music and peace, and also about secrets.
A Few Thoughts on my Mind:
When my first novel Trapped in Paris was released, I wrote this blog post.
What I wrote is still on my mind but I want to add this:
Over the last two years I have been writing almost every day. Short stories in French, two novel-length manuscripts in English… Enough material to keep me busy for a while!
I also wrote many blog posts. Keeping up with my bilingual blog is teaching me discipline and patience. I have no doubt that I have been able to revise, edit, and seek professional help to move Chronicles From Château Moines from manuscript to publication, because of my blog.
A blog exists through its readers. I cannot tell you how much your interest in my writing, your support and encouragement through your ‘like(s)’ and comments matter to me. You play a crucial role in my writing journey.
To Each of You: Thank You.
P.S. Check out Chronicles From Château Moines HERE where you can purchase either the paperback or eBook version. You can also order Chronicles From Château Moines from your favorite bookshop.