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Apr 6 2017 4:30pm

Parlez-Vous Français?

What was I thinking? When I decided to write a novel about an American couple that moves to rural France on a whim and must figure out how to fit into the local community, I didn’t think through the storytelling complications.

She speaks French well enough, although much of it is “school” French, not idiomatic. He speaks not a word of the language and seems to think he can make himself understood with hand gestures. The inhabitants of this small pastoral place speak French—well, of course they would, wouldn’t they? And then I added the coup de grace (as they say in French), a young woman born and raised in London.

[You sound like you're from London!]

Mar 30 2017 4:30pm

Channeling Austen: How I Found Inspiration for Love & Death in Burgundy

Read this exclusive guest post from Susan Shea about where she drew inspiration from for Love & Death in Burgundy, and then make sure to sign in and comment below for a chance to win this wonderful French-themed mystery!

When I began writing what became Love & Death in Burgundy, the 1st of my French-themed mysteries, I wasn’t entirely sure what shape it would take. It was inspired by two friends who chucked their California lives and moved to France. She was an artist, spoke French, and had lived in Europe for a few months in an earlier life. He was an Idaho cowboy and musician who had not a word of French but would do anything to please his wife, even though they didn’t have much money. I was intrigued by the adventure they had chosen and wondered if they could pull it off.

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