Friday, November 2, 2018

French Fancies


Well, summer flew by in the blink of an eye, and now the leaves are falling.......................

(It sounded like the start of a poem, but I ran out of steam.)

After completing the the last book in my Seashell Cove series, I was lucky enough to be offered a new contract with Bookouture to write 3 more novels, this time set in France - ooh la la! Do the French ever say that? (I've just looked it up and they do, but it has 'very strong sexual connotations' so I won't be using it again.)

I've not been to France since my honeymoon in Paris, seventeen years ago, so some research was obviously needed. I wanted an area with sun, sea, sand...and preferably somewhere it would snow, for the Christmas book. Not so easy to get all the elements and I spent many hours online, to the point where I felt like a native - though sadly, I didn't learn to speak French by osmosis.

In the end, I turned to the good folk of Facebook for inspiration and received some wonderful suggestions (and holiday ideas), but in the end settled for the Ile de Re (image above) an island off the west coast of France, not far from La Rochelle, as it was the closest to the setting I'd had in mind.

The great thing about Google Maps is, you don't have to leave the house to wander down streets and take in the views, and there's a wealth of information at your fingertips, but there's no substitute for the real thing, and it looks so lovely, I'm planning to visit in the not too distant future.

Meanwhile the first draft of Escape to The Little French Cafe is now written and with my editor, and I'm planning the next book, which will be set during summer - perfect now the weather's turned colder and the mornings are white and frosty.

In the meantime, if you've got a good second line for my almost poem at the top, I'd love to hear it!


4 comments:

Amanda said...

Ooh, however hard I tried I couldn't think of a second line that didn't involve 'trawling' or 'sprawling', and neither quite fitted. :-)

So looking forward to reading your next series set in France XX

Karen said...

I see your point, though I did slip on some fallen leaves once and went sprawling - not a very poetic image though :-)

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Good luck with the new series, Karen! I remember visiting La Rochelle briefly many years ago and have a black & white framed print of the arches along the main street.

Karen said...

How lovely, Rosemary! I can't wait to visit the area next year and see it really come to life :-)

French Fancies

Well, summer flew by in the blink of an eye, and now the leaves are falling....................... (It sounded like the start of a...