Can you believe, it’s mid-October already? The days are flying by and it’s madness! We’re lucky today to be sharing with you one of our newfound favourite authors, who we believe is underrated and under-appreciated in the book blogging community.
Vicky Lesage writes hilariously funny and relatable memoirs and was kind enough to agree to a short interview. We hope you enjoy learning about her writing process and life outside of being an author.
We love to showcase lesser known, but still amazing, authors on our Author of the Month posts. If you enjoy stories about travel, the delightful (and sometimes not so delightful) experience of raising children, assimilating to a foreign culture and cocktail recipes then Lesage’s memoirs are not ones to miss!
Author Spotlight: Vicki Lesage
Amazon Bestselling Author Vicki Lesage proves daily that raising French kids isn’t as easy as the hype lets on. In her snippets of spare time, she writes, sips bubbly, and prepares for the impending zombie apocalypse. She lives in St. Louis (after 11 years 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 the American in Paris series in between diaper changes and wine refills.
You can read more at VickiLesage.com
Could you ever see yourself writing a book outside of the memoir genre? If so, what genre would it be?
My kids are learning to read right now and they can’t get enough! So I’m thinking it could be cool to write a children’s book. That would be a huge departure from what I’ve written before, but I would love the challenge of learning something new.
Your first novel, Confessions of a Paris Party Girl, was published in 2014 and since then you’ve been very prolific in publishing a further five books and numerous anthologies that have been well received. What inspired you to write a memoir of your time as an expat in Paris?
I used to blog about life in Paris. The people who read it convinced me I was really funny and should write a book. I figured it would be super easy to take all those posts and just, voila, turn them into a book. Yeah… not so much. I had to rewrite and restructure everything. But the blog did help me remember tiny details of things that happened throughout my time in Paris and it was fun to see my stories come to life in an actual book I could hold in my hands.
Confessions of an Expat in Paris, released July 5, 2019, was the first of your books that I read. It truly managed to capture your experiences so far in Paris – both hilariously funny and full of bureaucratic nightmares. What I really enjoyed about it though, were the cocktails between each chapter that related to your time in Paris. Which cocktail was your favourite, and why?
It’s hard to choose, but I really like the Sangria Spritzer. It’s great year-round—you can enjoy it in the summer because it’s so summery or in the winter to remind you of how summery summer can be!
Of all your books published, which one holds a special place in your heart and why?
Confessions of an Expat in Paris, even though it’s my newest book, holds a special place in my heart. I wrote a lot of those stories while I was on maternity leave and had both my kids home with me. That summer was really hard for me, but you know how things often seem better when you look back on them? Now when I reminisce about those days, I just remember how cute and little my kids used to be (they are still very cute but they’re not as little anymore!) and I love that I was able to capture a lot of those moments in writing.
Do you read often? What book have you enjoyed reading the most in 2019, so far?
As a writer of humorous memoirs, you’d think I’d be sick of the genre, but I actually love reading other humorous memoirs. This year I read Bedwetter by Sarah Silverman, My Squirrel Days by Ellie Kemper, and Believe Me by Eddie Izzard. All are hilarious, and it’s so interesting to get a glimpse into their lives.
You’ve mentioned a lot of funny, quirky and entertaining stories from your time as an expat in Paris. What is your favourite place to travel to besides for France?
When I lived in France, I loved traveling around Europe. Italy is one of my favorites—the food, the wine, the landscape, the history, and the lovely people. Iceland is also amazing, and I hope to go back one day. Now that I’m living in the U.S. though, I’m really enjoying short weekend trips to various cities within driving distance of St. Louis—Iowa City, Milwaukee, Louisville, etc. It’s nice to visit the “heartland” of America, not just the big cities everyone typically goes to.
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