The Book Deal Announcement

Hello gentle reader,

I began seeking traditional publication for my YA Historical Fantasy books in March 2012. I started this blog at the same time, never imagining how long (!) and how full of surprises my publishing journey would be.

Six and a half years later, I’m thrilled to announce that the U.S. publisher Feiwel & Friends (Macmillan) has bought my debut IN THE SHADOW OF THE SUN and its sequel! Here is the Publishers Marketplace announcement:


IN THE SHADOW OF THE SUN is my 7th completed manuscript. It’s the 6th manuscript I queried and the one that helped me connect with my literary agent Carrie Pestritto (Laura Dail Literary Agency). If you’re curious about my inspiration for this story, here is its Pinterest board.

If you’re reading this and you’re a writer dreaming of seeing your books in bookstores one day, I hope you’ll take heart in this post: getting traditionally published takes perseverance, a lot of work, and a bit of luck, but it can become a reality if you don’t give up, and if you keep writing the stories you love.

Have a lovely Sunday!


Paris in the Springtime

Hello gentle reader,

As you may know, I travel a lot, and in April I spent two weekends in Paris, France. Today I thought I’d share with you a few of my favourite places in the French capital.

Join me on a stroll through Paris in the springtime…

EM Castellan Paris 1

Avenue Hoche

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Petit Palais

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Grand Palais

EM Castellan Paris 3

Pont Alexandre III

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The “love-locks of Paris” on the Pont de l’Archevêché

EM Castellan Paris 9

Notre Dame de Paris

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EM Castellan Paris 7

Ile de la Cité – Flower Market

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EM Castellan Paris 8

Ile de la Cité – Market

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Ile Saint-Louis – “La Cure Gourmande” sweet shop

(All pictures are mine, please credit me if you repost them)

Have you ever been to Paris? What’s your favourite place? Feel free to leave me a comment below!