First, I am delighted to know that you are a reader! Few other activities can offer such a reliable lifetime of pleasure and learning as reading does. As a character says in the wonderful novel The Last Bookshop in London: Reading is “going somewhere without ever taking a train or ship, an unveiling of new, incredible worlds.”
That has always been my goal as a writer—to give my readers a “you-are-there” experience. Background is of major importance to me whether I’m reading or writing. In any book I read I want to be able to put my feet down, see, taste, and smell a new world. And, when I write, I want to take my readers with me.
This is doubly true of my new book because Going There, Tales from the Riviera, is a travel memoir with short stories that grew out of my experiences in each place. I am hoping that you, my reader, will feel the warmth of the sun on a beautiful beach on the Côte d'Azur, feel the wind in your hair on a Mediterranean cruise, taste gorgeous food at Michelin-rated restaurants and at street markets, and hear the bells in a Swiss monastery.