Paris—the most romantic, beautiful and frustrating city in the world!
From culinary treats (and catastrophes) to swoon-worthy romantic encounters (and heartbreaking mishaps), this anthology takes you on a journey through one of the most famous cities in the world.
View this cosmopolitan metropolis through the chic eyes of Parisians, francophiles and travelers who fell in love with the city and haven't quite gotten around to leaving yet... That's Paris: a glimpse into living, loving and surviving in the City of Light.
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Anthology ContributorsThat's Paris is a robust anthology made up of varied perspectives of what it's like to live, love and survive in the crazy, wonderful City of Light. Our authors are as diverse as the stories they write, so read on to discover more about the voices behind this anthology!
Stephen Clarke, Foreword
You might know him as the really bad bass player of some of the worst bands in Bournemouth history, but you're more likely to recognize Stephen Clarke as the hilarious author of the Merde series: A Year in the Merde, In the Merde for Love, Merde Happens, Dial M for Merde, and The Merde Factor. He's also penned non-fiction works that improve (they don't) French-Anglo relations: Talk to the Snail, 1000 Years of Annoying the French, Annoying the French Encore, Paris Revealed, and Dirty Bertie: An English King Made in France. As an Englishman living in Paris, he has plenty to say about life in the City of Light, and thus graciously agreed to write the foreword to That's Paris.
Michael Attard, "Oh Canada"
Michael Attard grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Canada, and later attended the University of Toronto, where he pursued a degree in engineering. He decided to follow his childhood interest in astronomy thereafter, and completed a PhD in the field in 2009. He has lived and worked in a variety of cities and countries on both sides of the Atlantic, and enjoys a life aimed at gaining as many experiences as possible. Michael currently lives in the Netherlands.
Audrey M. Chapuis, "The French Table, a Test of Mettle"
Audrey M. Chapuis, a native of Austin, Texas, worked as a librarian in Chicago before moving to Paris with her husband in 2014. She writes about travel, library lore, women's health and art at AudreyMaryChapuis.com. She also posts daily short-form poems inspired by her new city at HaikuParis.com and is working on a memoir about amateur art appreciation. When she's not writing or botching French vowels, Audrey can be found walking fast, sketching and getting lost in museums. While she couldn't be happier living in Paris, she does miss a good burrito.
Adria J. Cimino, "Love Unlocked," "In the Red" and "Petit Rat"
Adria J. Cimino is the author of novels Paris, Rue des Martyrs and Close to Destiny and is co-founder of indie publishing house Velvet Morning Press. Prior to jumping into the publishing world full time, she spent more than a decade as a journalist at news organizations including The AP and Bloomberg News. In addition to writing fiction and discovering new authors, Adria writes about her real-life adventures at AdriaJCimino.com and on Twitter @Adria_in_Paris.
Sarah del Rio, "This One Time in Paris"
Sarah del Rio is a comedy writer whose award-winning humor blog Established1975.com brings snark, levity and perspective to the ladies of Generation X. Despite being a corporate refugee with absolutely no formal training in English, journalism, or writing of any kind, Sarah somehow manages to find work as a freelance writer and editor. She is published in Clash of the Couples and The Big Book of Parenting Tweets. She contributes regularly to BLUNTmoms, has made several appearances on the Huffington Post Best Parenting Tweets of the Week List, and her blog won Funniest Blog in The Indie Chicks 2014 Badass Blog Awards. She has also been featured on Scary Mommy, In the Powder Room, and the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop.
DryChick, "La Vie de Vin"
DryChick is a francophile who spent many a day drinking wine in Paris. She became sober or "dry" not long after she moved to London and was struck by how every invitation revolved around drinking. The message was, if you're not drinking, you're not having a good time. She knew other teetotalers who would rather stay home than face the barrage of questions about why they're not drinking. So DryChick created DryScene.com to get non-drinkers off the couch and back on the town. She writes about her often hilarious experiences being sober in social situations in the hopes that it helps people have a healthier attitude about drinking—just like the French used to have.
Leslie Floyd, "La Dame de la Nuit"
Leslie Floyd lived in Paris while attending culinary school at L'Ecole Supérieure de Cuisine Française. She was born and raised in Austin, Texas and is an active member of the Writers' League of Texas. Leslie has studied extensively under best-selling author Carol Dawson and Texas Monthly Senior Editor Michael Hall. She does calculus for fun, crossword puzzles in ink and fantasizes about a career on Broadway despite a profound lack of talent. Leslie currently cooks, writes and plans future travels in Dallas, Texas with her one-eyed pug, General Cooper, and his sidekick, Sir Ponceycat. Find recipes, reviews and thoughts on the writing life at LeslieFloyd.com.
Jennie Goutet, "Driving Me Crazy"
Jennie Goutet is the author of memoir A Lady in France, and blogs at ALadyInFrance.com. She also wrote and illustrated the children's book Happy People Everywhere, and is a contributing author to Sunshine After the Storm, a survival guide for the grieving mom. Jennie was a BlogHer Voice of the Year pick in 2011 and 2013, and her writing has appeared on the Huffington Post, Queen Latifah's website, BlogHer and Mamalode, among other places. She lives just outside of Paris with her husband and three children.
Amy Lynne Hayes, "(Mis)Adventures at Sacre-Coeur"
Amy Lynne Hayes is a writer and designer based in South Florida. Since her days catwalking the Parisian streets, she has lived in Melbourne, Australia and had a brief stint in Auckland, New Zealand. Her expat days may be over (for the time being) but her love for travel, and all things French, remains strong. Paris is in her blood, and it holds on as tight as the French bureaucracy holds on to its passion for paperwork. Give it time, and you might just spot her sipping wine at a café in her old stomping grounds in Le Marais, an expat once again. You just never know.
April Lily Heise, "The Glove"
April Lily Heise, a Canadian based in Paris, is an expert on romance in the City of Amour. When she's not getting into romantic mischief, she writes on dating, travel and culture for international and local publications including Frommer's, the Huffington Post, Conde Nast Traveler, City Secrets and DK Eyewitness Guides. She is the author of Je T'Aime, Me Neither, a lively novelized memoir on her romantic misadventures and continues to share dating tips, commentaries, true stories and travel features at JeTaimeMeNeither.com.
Vicki Lesage, "Signs, Signs, Everywhere Signs," "Garden of Eden," and "French Office Workers vs. Zombies"
Vicki Lesage proves daily that raising French kids isn't as easy as the hype lets on. In her three minutes of spare time per week, she writes, sips bubbly and prepares for the impending zombie apocalypse. She lives in Paris with her French husband, rambunctious son and charming daughter, all of whom mercifully don't laugh when she says "au revoir." She penned Confessions of a Paris Party Girl and #1 Amazon Best Seller Confessions of a Paris Potty Trainer, and co-founded indie publishing house Velvet Morning Press. She writes about the ups and downs of life in the City of Light at VickiLesage.com.
Elle Marie, "10 Things I Learned When My Daughter Moved to Paris"
Elle Marie's books are diverse but all have one thing in common—they reflect her passions. From maintaining a healthy lifestyle (Living the Thin Life) to unearthing mysteries (Chronicle of the Mound Builders) to visiting her daughter in Paris (this anthology), she writes what she knows and loves. She's never far from her computer; by day she works in the IT field, by night she writes her latest inspiration. When she does step away from the screen, she enjoys spending time with her husband in their hometown of St. Louis.
Cheryl McAlister, "A Scoop of Henry"
Cheryl McAlister is an emerging writer, shifting her creative energies from the visual arts (B.F.A. RISD, M.F.A Vermont College of Fine Arts) to fiber art (spinning and knitting with wool from her own sheep) to the literary arena. Her short story "Bit by Bit" appeared in the November 2014 issue of Black Denim Lit. She lived in Normandy from 1984-1985 and has been a dedicated francophile ever since, visiting France as often as possible. Although cutting back on their self-sufficient farming endeavor to give more time for creative pursuits, Cheryl and her husband, Rick, still produce much of their own meat, garden products, canned goods, cheese and hard cider. You can visit her website at NeweStartFarm.com.
Emily Monaco, "Peut-être"
Emily Monaco is a native New Yorker based in Paris since 2007. She loves caffeinated nighttime wanders, places bathed in layers of history and nineteenth-century French novelists. Emily is the author of TomatoKumato.com, a blog about food, Paris and culture shock. You can also find her at EmilyMMonaco.com and on Twitter @emiglia.
Lucia Paul, "Chaperon et Liberté"
Lucia Paul's first trip to Paris was at the age of eight with her family. A love of travel, croissants and window-shopping was born. Her writing includes an award-winning sitcom script, and humorous essays for sites including the Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop, More Magazine, and Midlife Boulevard. Her stories and essays have been published in multiple anthologies including Motherhood May Cause Drowsiness: Funny Stories by Sleepy Moms, Not Your Mother's Book... On Being a Mom and Not Your Mother's Book... On Home Improvement. She writes about the humor and joy to be found in family and everyday life at DysfunctionalScrapbooking.blogspot.com and on Twitter @DFscrapbook.
Didier Quémener, "Half Past Midnight" ("Minuit et demi") and "Le Chemin du Dragon"
Executive chef, private chef, food & wine consultant. Lived in the US, now based in Paris. Does not wear a beret but eats freshly baked bread every day. Cooked his first meal at age seven, graduated from the Sorbonne, worked as a photographer and finally came back to the kitchen where it all started. Didier is French & American, therefore obnoxious, a wine snob and speaks loudly! When Didier is not cooking, he's writing. When he's not writing, he's playing golf. When he's not playing golf, he's dreaming of being an orchestra conductor, or a guitar player, or... Back to reality: a husband, a father and a foodie! Didier also contributed to anthologies Mystery in Mind and Legacy. You can find him at ChefQParis.com and FoodMe.fr or on Twitter @ChefQParis and @FoodMeParis.
Laura Schalk, "The Little Book of Funerals"
Laura Schalk is a lifelong bookworm and lover of words. She's American, closing in on a decade working and living in Paris after stints in Hong Kong, London and New York. She works in the corporate sector and pursues her love of creative writing sporadically, during intensive workshops in the summer and in stolen moments throughout the year. This is her first published piece in a very long time.
Brooke Takhar, "All the Wheat"
Brooke Takhar is a Vancouver-based mama to one goon and busy body to all. She loves the Internet, glittery nail polish, over-sharing and teaching her kid outdated dance moves. She blogs as MissTeenUSSR.com and is a regular contributor to BLUNTmoms.
Marie Vareille, "La Vie en Rose"
Marie Vareille is a French chick-lit author. Her first novel, Ma vie, mon ex et autres calamités, a lighthearted story of a young Parisian woman who flees unemployment and her awful ex-boyfriend by flying away to the Maldives, was published by City Editions in 2014 and will be on the big screen in 2016, via Kobayashi Prod. After living in Paris for years, Marie moved to Bordeaux and works as community and content manager for start-ups. She continues to write fiction on the side, as she has wanted to be a writer since the day she learned how to read. She also blogs at Fan-de-ChickLit.com.
Frédérique Veysset, "Violette"
Frédérique Veysset, a native Parisian, has co-authored three fashion books: Paris Street Style, You're So French Men! and Paris Street Style Shoes! and is the author of Daho dans tous ses états, a book about musician Etienne Daho. As a photographer, her subjects have included actresses Isabelle Adjani and Vanessa Paradis, and her work has appeared in Vanity Fair and Allure. Learn more about Frédérique at Frederique-Veysset.com.
Lisa Webb, "The Best Thing About Living in Paris"
Five years ago, Lisa Webb and her husband swapped their home in Canada for an apartment in Paris. Now living in the south of France with their two baguette-eating daughters, life has become beautiful chaos. When her family isn't in the land of wine and cheese, they can be found exploring the globe with way too much luggage. Lisa writes about her adventures at CanadianExpatMom.com, and on Huffington Post, BLUNTmoms and Parentdish.
Anna Weeks, "An Attempt to Explain the Paris Fandom"
Anna is an aimless wanderer, currently meditating on what's next for her. She is an avid reader who sometimes writes sarcastic reviews of erotic short stories for various bloggers around the interwebs. Due to a silver-lined layoff from her corporate job, Anna recently moved to Omaha, Nebraska with her rowdy cat in order to pursue her creative interests. With the help of her best friend, she created, produces and stars in the Type Omaha podcast, which explores the cultural oddity that is the city of Omaha. You can follow her on Twitter @anna_saurus_rex and follow her podcast @TypeOmaha.
April Weeks, "Whine Country"
April is an attorney, cheese-monger and blogger extraordinaire. She currently lives in Atlanta with a 4-year-old monster, two matching Siamese cats and her ever-patient and understanding husband. When she's not reading or chasing ambulances she... well, reads some more. She's the sole curator of TheSteadfastReader.com. She desperately misses living in Europe and is willing to negotiate her immortal soul for a legal job in London. Since she's a reader, not a writer, she has published nothing else of interest, unless you're interested in papers on American tax law.
David Whitehouse, "Les Urgences"
David Whitehouse finds non-fiction easier and less revealing than fiction. He has written a book on the question of Rwandan genocide suspects in France, In Search of Rwanda's Génocidaires: French Justice and the Lost Decades. He was the ghostwriter for the autobiography of long-time Cambodia opposition leader Sam Rainsy, We Didn't Start the Fire: My Struggle for Democracy in Cambodia.
That's Paris in the NewsFrom the Jan/Feb 2016 issue of Global Living Magazine:
"If you've ever lived in Paris, dreamed of living in Paris, or perhaps are just curious about the famous city, this anthology will have something you can enjoy. Packed with diverse fiction and non-fiction stories from an equally diverse group of writers, That's Paris has something for everyone. Whether you read it front to back or flip through, reading the stories out of order, you'll finish it with a deep understanding of the enormous and beautiful complexity of Paris. Four pieces were originally written in French and the anthology includes the French translation, making it a bilingual compilation of personal experiences and visions of the City of Light. The book will take you through a wide range of emotions, from silly, quirky tales of exploring and discovering the French capital to touching, romance stories capturing the essence of love lost and found in Paris."
Get your own copy of the magazine (digital and print versions available): Global Living Jan/Feb 2016 Edition
"Now That I'm a Published Author", an article by contributor Brooke Takhar
"Stories of Love in Paris", an article by contributor Lily Heise
"The Many Faces of That's Paris," an article by contributor Adria J. Cimino
"Café Life & Hemingway," an article by contributor Laura Schalk
Cover reveal and excerpt by Marie Vareille
"A Groundhog Day Giveaway," offered by The Steadfast Reader
Interview with Vicki Lesage by Laurel Zuckerman on Paris Writers News
Stories of French life by contributors to That’s Paris as part of Medium.com's Paris Stories collection:
My Favorite French Faux Pas
A Journey of 1,000 Steps Starts in the Bathroom
I Am Still Charlie
The French Café Experience: A Game of Chess
A French Christmas
The Terrorist Attacks Will Go Down in History, and I Was Eating Hot Dogs
Reviews of That's Paris:
Eleanore Trupkiewicz from "Engraved: All Things Writing"
Lynn Morrison from "The Nomad Mom Diary"
Melinda from "The Book Musings"