Welcome to Episode #21 of Profiles in Franceformation. I’m your host, Allison Grant Lounes. In this episode, I talk with my longtime friend, Lisa Czarina Michaud about how she moved to France after leaving a career in fashion, by doing everything backwards. Now she lives in a village near Fontainebleau, and just released her first novel, Slanted and Disenchanted. We talk about how she went from making ends meet in a tiny studio in the Marais in Paris to her current career in freelance writing.

Lisa also shares:

  • What sparked her career in writing, and how this evolved over time from contributing articles to Paris-centric blogs, to writing full time for small publications, to releasing her first novel
  • How her life changed after moving from a 30m2 studio apartment in the 12th arrondissement of Paris to living in a medieval village near Fontainebleau where watching TV is not an option
  • Lisa and Allison share their experiences of raising their sons to be bilingual in English and French while living in France
  • How she wove influences from the eastern French region of Alsace into her novel and fell completely obsessed with Alsace, its food, wine, people, everything
  • Other aspects of her life that influenced her book including her Italian heritage, her love of music
  • The things Lisa looks forward to when coming back to Paris for a visit, especially around the winter holidays
  • What she enjoys about living in France, what she will probably never get accustomed to about living in France, as well as her favorite French foods, cheeses and wines

Check out Lisa’s website: https://www.lisacmichaud.com/ and a link to listen to her grandmother’s jazz song, Notes So High by Stella Levitt https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-PzbJXo-KA 

For your own copy of Lisa’s book, Slanted and Disenchanted, check out the following link: https://amzn.to/3ncRFuG 

If you are considering moving to France like Lisa, Foolproof French Visas can help you navigate the path toward finding the right visa for you. It can be purchased here: http://www.yourfranceformation.com/books or in paperback on Amazon.

If you would like to pursue your own Franceformation, you can also request a free 30-minute clarity call with Allison to review your visa options and decide how to move toward creating your ideal life in France: http://www.yourfranceformation.com/free-call 

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