• Books

    Death in Provence, a Fun Mystery Romp in France

    Death in Provence, Serena Kent, Deborah Lawrenson, Karen Hugg, Death in Provence, a Fun Mystery Romp in France, https://karenhugg.com/2018/09/12/death-in-provence #book #novel #mystery #SerenaKent #DeborahLawrenson #mystery #France #Provence

    The book Death in Provence by Serena Kent (a.k.a. Deborah Lawrenson) offers a fun mystery romp set in France. It centers on Penelope Kite, a British divorcee, who buys an old country house with dreams of renovations and dinner parties but instead finds a dead body in her swimming pool. A former forensics doctor’s assistant, Penny embarks on solving the case…

  • Books,  France

    20 Books of Summer! Focus: Provence. Did I Make It?

    20 Books of Summer, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2018/06/24/20-books-of-summer #Provence #20BooksofSummer #France #Paris #Luberon #books #French

    Earlier this summer, I gathered together a stack of books about France to inspire me as I wrote my novel set in Provence. In June, I lengthened the list and jumped on the 20 Books of Summer reading challenge bandwagon. The collection included novels and memoirs and I made a few substitutions along the way. It was fun to spend the…

  • Books,  France

    The Most Insightful Memoirs About Life in France: Part 2

    France Memoirs, The Most Insightful Memoirs About Life in France, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2018/09/01/the-most-insightful-memoirs-about-life-in-france-part-1/ #France #memoirs #French #books

    In my first article on memoirs about life in France, I covered stories of romance, food, gardening, and motherhood. Today, I’ll talk about some classics and my favorite memoir about the French lifestyle. Paris to the Moon  Adam Gopnik lived out a lifelong dream of moving to Paris in the late 1990s, then wrote about it for The New Yorker.…

  • Books,  France

    The Most Insightful Memoirs About Life in France: Part 1

    The Most Insightful Memoirs About Life in France: Part 1, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2018/09/01/the-most-insight…in-france-part-1 #French #memoirs #France #AlmostFrench #books

    English-language memoirs about life in France usually follow a common trajectory: an American or Brit or Australian somehow lands in France and must cope with the unfamiliar culture while learning the language and navigating a new job or life situation. They often cover settling into that new life, fixing up a home, shopping at local markets, cooking food, discovering romance,…

  • Inspiration

    Might and Main Monday: Provence Vacation in my Mind

    Gordes, France by Freddie Marriage, Provence Vacation in My Mind, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2018/07/30/provence-vacation #Provence #France #vacation #inspiration

    What is a vacation? By my definition, it’s a place where you go to relax and feel happy. In that case, writing is my vacation. It’s where I’m in a “flow” state, where I’m not concerned about every day tasks and feel spiritually at ease. This year I’m taking a Provence vacation as I write this novel. I imagine its countryside,…

  • Writing

    Might and Main Monday: Inspired by Lavender

    Lavender, Might and Main Monday: Inspired by Lavender, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2018/07/15/lavender, #lavender #Provence #perennials #novel #writing #inspiration

    In July, I see lavender everywhere: in my garden as it blooms in the sun, in my mind as I write a novel set in Provence, on public street corners, in the books I read. This year, my summer beams that dark purple color. I’m driven to capture its look, its feel, its fragrance in words. Those soft felty leaves,…