Paris Mon Amour

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My novel PARIS MON AMOUR is set in a city I know well having visited countless times. Here are some images from the five trips I made in the year or so it took to write my debut novel Paris Mon Amour (2014/15). I've always loved Paris but it's hard to explain how different it feels to me now. My next novel SCENT will be published by Muswell Press in spring 2021 and is set in Paris AND Provence. I have a board for that one too!

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vladimir perrin - Google Search   Not *quite* right for Jean-Luc, but you get the general idea... Cute Little Animals, I Meet You, Paris, Gorgeous Men, Che Guevara, Novels, Take That, Black And White, People

vladimir perrin - Google Search Not *quite* right for Jean-Luc, but you get the general idea...

The La Pitie Salpetriere Hospital in the has a long history. When I was looking around I was struck by how we humans have the same fundamental fragility wherever we may live. Some Image, Our Body, Bodies, Photo Wall, Museum, Paris, Feelings, History, Live

The La Pitie Salpetriere Hospital in the 13e has a long history. When I was looking around I was struck by how we humans have the same fundamental fragility wherever we may live.

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Ironic that this is from an article about hair - I chose this photo of Jennifer Garner as the 'Alexandra type' because there are so few relatable images of women actors over 40 and we all know why! If you read my book you wouldn't be left guessing what I think of 'last fuckable day'.

The only mention of a post office got the chop several drafts ago - that didn't stop me noticing this rather magnificent example. Paris, Post Office, Multi Story Building, Architecture, City, Love, Arquitetura, Montmartre Paris, Snail Mail

The only mention of a post office got the chop several drafts ago - that didn't stop me noticing this rather magnificent example.

All in the genes: Vincent Cassel, husband of Monica Bellucci, is one half of French cinema’s hottest couple Vincent Cassel, Dapper Dan, Hot Couples, Monica Bellucci, Portrait Inspiration, Paris, Actors & Actresses, Eye Candy, Cinema

He Could Get It…Vincent Cassel

Right, first of all, let me get this straight – I’m not what you’d call a fan of the French. Before you get all pissy, that doesn’t include French Canadians. I love me som…

With writing, it often feels like both (sans parler des larmes! Some Image, Feels, Paris, Writing, Love, Montmartre Paris, Paris France, A Letter, Writing Process

With writing, it often feels like both (sans parler des larmes!)

For me, this is the image that epitomises the novel - the belvedere in the Parc Buttes-Chaumont, Twice this year it's been closed for works when I visited. I take my research seriously but not to the point of risking my neck on an unstable clifftop! Paris, Novels, City, Image, Love, Montmartre Paris, Paris France, Cities, Romance Novels

For me, this is the image that epitomises the novel - the belvedere in the Parc Buttes-Chaumont, 19e. Twice this year it's been closed for works when I visited. I take my research seriously but not to the point of risking my neck on an unstable clifftop!

His beautiful launderette! (Only spotted the grafitti opposite today) He's Beautiful, Paris, Love, Montmartre Paris, Paris France

His beautiful launderette! (Only spotted the grafitti opposite today)

View from 'our' place in the rue des Blancs Manteaux. Add church bells, the happy buzz of the playground in the square and live opera to get the full effect. Paris, Provence, Playground, Opera, Live, Happy, Love, Children Playground, Montmartre Paris

View from 'our' place in the rue des Blancs Manteaux. Add church bells, the happy buzz of the playground in the square and live opera to get the full effect.

Bassin de la Villette - not far from Jean-Luc's studio in the arrondissement. Paris, Provence, Studio, City, Image, Love, Montmartre Paris, Provence France, Paris France

Bassin de la Villette - not far from Jean-Luc's studio in the 19th arrondissement.

Slightly pedestrian (as befits a pavement) but no less true for that. Pedestrian, Pavement, Paris, Writing, Feelings, Love, Montmartre Paris, Paris France, Sidewalk

Slightly pedestrian (as befits a pavement) but no less true for that...

For my narrator Alexandra, who's not French, Paris is 'one big gallery, one big theatre'. That's also my feeling. In My Feelings, Theatre, French, Paris, Gallery, Big, Love, Montmartre Paris, French People

For my narrator Alexandra, who's not French, Paris is 'one big gallery, one big theatre'. That's also my feeling.

Man scarves on display at BHV Homme. I like it that the French have much less rigid views about masculinity. Scarves, Display, French, Paris, Love, Scarfs, Floor Space, Montmartre Paris, Billboard

Man scarves on display at BHV Homme. I like it that the French have much less rigid views about masculinity.

In the book a 'statuesque blonde in black linen' makes a fleeting appearance. That woman is not me (I wish! Black Linen, Thats Not My, Paris, Woman, Book, How To Make, Love, Montmartre Paris, Books

In the book a 'statuesque blonde in black linen' makes a fleeting appearance. That woman is not me (I wish!) but this is.

I have only got to know the Canal St Martin in the last year or so. This is heading south from Bastille towards Quai de la Rapee. Bastille, Paris, Getting To Know, City, Image, Love, Montmartre Paris, Paris France, Cities

I have only got to know the Canal St Martin in the last year or so. This is heading south from Bastille towards Quai de la Rapee.