Hidden in Paris – Win a Copy!
Part I of II
We are born with voices in our heads. I am referring to writers – published or unpublished – who have a running stream of vignettes and conversations in their mind. They write descriptions of real-life people on thin napkins at McDonald’s. They come across papers and passages, hastily written lest the thoughts pass. And if their talent and tenacity collide with the midwives of literature, they finally give birth to novels.
Today, we have a real treat! Corine Gantz, a supremely talented French expat living in California and the “proud mother”/author of Hidden in Paris, agreed to share a few personal moments with France Daily Photo readers. And to add Crème Chantilly to this treat, Madame Gantz not only offers personal insights but a generous giveaway of her novel – more about that later!
Before meeting Corine, let’s dive right in to a delightful review of Hidden in Paris.
“I loved Hidden in Paris! Ms. Gantz has created a story that should be read and savored – much like the Parisian lifestyle she depicts. The characters were deep and immensely likable and the plot line was smooth and delicious….The undertones of love and motherhood, self-loathing and hidden anger are so palpable, that it’s bound to keep readers up way past their bedtimes. Truly, truly, truly an excellent novel that leaves readers pondering the characters’ lives and choices long after the last page. I’d recommend this book to anyone and everyone!” Megan, Amazon review
Corine Gantz easily blends her unique brand of humor and French-American experience. She was born in France, where she spent the first twenty years of her life. She studied Contemporary Art at the Sorbonne and worked in advertising and marketing in Paris, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Corine now is settled near Los Angeles with her husband and two sons and – voila! – has published her first novel and a companion cookbook that dovetails with her book. Those feats, though, didn’t silence the voices, so naturally a second novel is in the works. Corine started unleashing those voices in her mind with the popular blog Hidden in France, where she becomes philosopher, romantic and humorist to meditate on relationships, food, décor, and all things French.
And now a few questions for Corine.
If Hidden in Paris was made into a movie, who would you want to play Annie?
Enough with the Hollywood nymphets! I would love an actress of substance, someone charming but not too obviously beautiful. How about Angelina Jolie? Kidding! (Although she would make a wonderful Lola.) Annie should be played by an actress who can shift from goofy to sexy and from strong to vulnerable, and perhaps be all of those all at the same time. Holly Hunter, Tina Fey, Sandra Bullock come to mind, although my favorite must be Renée Zellweger. She can layer emotions in a way that breaks my heart. At any rate, the film would have to be shot in Paris, so they have to be willing to travel and would need to speak French like an American woman who’s lived there for years.
If a movie was made about your life, who would you choose to play you?
May I please request Angelina Jolie? No scratch that. She needs to be French. How about a blonde like Cécile de France (actually from Belgium) or Mélanie Laurent. I wish! I was never that cute.
We invite you to join us again tomorrow for the remainder of Ms. Gantz’s interview. In the meantime, by all means register to win a copy of her acclaimed novel.
TO WIN A FREE COPY OF HIDDEN IN PARIS – One lucky reader will receive a free, autographed copy of Corine’s book – nice for you or as a gift! We invite you to choose one of two options to enter:
Leave a comment (below) on France Daily Photo and be sure to tell us your favorite place, food, restaurant, etc. in France – or –
Like on Facebook (top left of this post is easiest) and, again tell us your favorites in France.
The winner will be announced one week from today, and we will contact you for autograph info and mailing information. If you simply cannot wait a week, click Hidden in Paris for a sneak peek and an opportunity to order the book!
Merci beaucoup, Corine, for your generous Giveaway and your willingness to ‘visit’ with our readers today.