Thanks to Harper Collins Canada and their fantastic support for Paris Month, I had the amazing opportunity to interview Ms. Isabelle Laflèche, author of J’Adore New York (Book Depository|Amazon) and the upcoming J’Adore Paris (Amazon). Stay tuned for my review of the sequel, coming up next week!
ISABELLE LAFLÈCHE worked for more than ten years as a corporate attorney in New York City, Montreal and Toronto. She now writes on culture, books and fashion for the Quebec fashion magazine Clin d’oeil. J’adore Paris is the sequel to her bestselling debut novel, J’adore New York. She lives in Montreal.
Bio courtesy of HarperCollins.ca
Bonjour Isabelle! Thank you for taking the time to do a quick interview for Paris Month!
First of all, thank you so much for having me on your lovely site!
1. I loved all the details of Paris that you included in the book. I had the chance to visit for the first time last April and felt like I was reliving the whole experience again with your “tour” of the city. Did you have the opportunity to live in Paris for a period of time to do some (fun!) research?
Yes! I rented a studio in Saint-Germain des Prés for several weeks as I wanted to live like a true Parisian for a period of time. Also, I have family there, which allows me to visit frequently. Lucky me!
2. People often say to “write what you know”. With your years of being a corporate attorney, and now working around fashion, how much of that influenced the storyline and the interactions that are in the book?
Actually, not that much…I worked mostly in corporate law, not fashion, so it’s not an area that I practiced in. During my career, I did learn about intellectual property matters, including copyright so I was familiar with the basics. I researched most of it through reading and interviews with local experts.
3. Both are such vivacious cities – and I adore them both in different ways. I especially loved your food analogy of the cities in J’Adore Paris. Which was more fun and interesting for you to write, New York or Paris?
Paris! The city is so breathtaking, it was more dreamy for me to write about it. ( and test the delicious macarons…)
4. If you weren’t writing, what would you be doing instead?
When I was younger, I wanted to act, so perhaps that would be it….or a fashion designer ( in Paris, of course.)
5. Now that you have your second book coming out, what still surprises you about being a published author?
That I can entertain readers and create worlds that they will get engrossed in. It’s a magical feeling.
6. Lastly, which is your favourite Parisian landmark and your favourite New York landmark? 🙂
Oh boy, tough question! There are so many spectacular venues in Paris but I think The Musée Rodin in summertime and Le Pont des Arts with a view of the Eiffel Tower are my favourites ( it’s a tie). In New York, there’s nothing like a leisurely walk through Central Park, no matter the season…
Thank you once again for your time Isabelle, and thank you Harper Collins Canada for making this happen!