Author Archives: nessafrance

About nessafrance

My husband and I moved to an 18th-century farmhouse in SW France in 1997. I am fascinated by French history, rural traditions and customs and enjoy seeking out the reality behind the myths. I run my own copywriting business and write short stories and the occasional novel in my spare time. My husband appears here as the SF, which stands for Statistics Freak, owing to his penchant for recording numbers about everything.

History People # 7: Jane Bwye asks “What is History?”

Originally posted on Vanessa Couchman:
  Author Jane Bwye It’s a great pleasure for me to welcome an old friend, Jane Bwye, to the blog today. This is a special day for Jane. Grass Shoots, the sequel to her bestselling…

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Rolling in the Aisles: 10 Tips for Doing an Author Talk

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Yours truly signing books at the Parisot Literary Festival Doing an author talk and reading or a public book launch can be intimidating if you don’t have much experience. And public speaking generally is daunting…

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8 Stocking Fillers for Writers and Readers

Originally posted on Vanessa Couchman:
What would you like in your Christmas stocking this year? A three-book contract with one of the big ones, perhaps? You can’t get those at Amazon or Waterstones, unfortunately. Decorative notebooks are always handy, if…

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Chestnuts are not Just for Christmas in Corsica

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  Chestnuts “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire,” goes the Festive Season song. We associate chestnuts with Christmas, roasted whole or made into succulent stuffing. But this seasonal treat was once a staple food for…

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Women in Traditional Corsican Society

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Corsican woman of a certain age Oppressed, subservient, insignificant? Does that accurately describe Corsican women in past times? Not always. That Corsica was a patriarchal society can’t be denied. But to portray the island’s women…

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