Novels Set in Paris: "Paris Ever After" Author Interview | Author Jan Moran
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Novels Set in Paris: "Paris Ever After" Author Interview

Paris Everafter by author K.S.R. BurnsIf you enjoy reading novels set in Paris, you'll love today's post. Recently I had the pleasure of chatting with author Karen Burns about her latest novel, Paris Ever After, which is the second book in the “Paris Forever” series. The first is the smash hit, The Paris Effect, which was recently optioned for film and TV by Papazian-Hirsch Entertainment. Since so many of my readers enjoy novels set in Paris, I was excited to share this talk with Karen. How many books have I set in Paris now? I've lost count, but the French influence often sneaks in…perhaps it's my great-grandmother whispering in my ear…

Writing fiction as K.S.R. Burns, Karen lives in the Pacific Northwest and also writes a weekly jobs advice column for The Seattle Times. Her book publisher is Velvet Morning Press, a boutique publishing house based in Paris, France. She also lived and worked in France for three years, so there is a great deal of authenticity in these novels.

Here's the interview…

You’re the author of the two-book “Paris Forever” series. Could you tell us a little about these novels set in Paris?

Absolutely! The two novels are, in order, The Paris Effect and Paris Ever After. They recount the adventures and misadventures of Amy, a young woman struggling to create the life of her dreams. That this life leads to Paris is by no means automatic, and Amy encounters many obstacles along the way. Some of them won’t surprise you, but some will.

If you could describe Amy in one word, what would it be?

Hmm, Amy is a lot of things. She’s a reader, maybe because her childhood was rather lonely (she spent her teen years caring for an invalid father). She’s a romantic and loves history, fashion, flowers, and all things French. She can be rather self-critical but is honest about her faults. However, since I have only one word, I’d choose “loyal.” Amy’s first instinct is to stand by the people she cares about, even when it’s not always in her best interests.

Amy has some issues with food. I guess you could call it love/hate. Where did this come from?

amyWell, when I started writing The Paris Effect I had just been put on a diet to lose weight. Needless to say, food (specifically, eating less of it) was on my mind quite a bit, which is where the idea for the “rules for the perpetual diet” came from.

Like me at the time, Amy was always analyzing every morsel of food that went into her mouth. I couldn’t keep this up forever, however, and by the end of the first book, her food issues are largely resolved. (Mine, on the other hand, remain.) In the second book, food becomes a fun, positive thing for Amy. I don’t want to give anything away—you’ll have to read and see!

Could you talk a little about how Paris inspires your writing?

For three whole years of my life, I was lucky enough to live in Paris, where it seemed that something surprised me every day. It wasn’t always a good surprise, but in general, I enjoy the unexpected and so I tend to put the unexpected in my writing. This has made my novels set in Paris a little more “adventurous” than most women’s fiction, and Amy finds herself in situations that most people would not. But then isn’t that the point of traveling? To get away from the same-old same-old?

If either (or both) of your books were made into a movie, whom would you cast in the role of Amy?

Funny you should mention this. The first novel (The Paris Effect) has just been optioned for film and TV! Despite this pretty exciting development, I haven’t thought tons about who might play Amy. Maybe I don’t want to jinx it. But I will say that while creating her character, I often imagined strong, intelligent and humorous actresses like Jennifer Lawrence and Ellen Page. When you’re writing, it helps to have an image to picture in your head.

Do you have any other writing rituals?

I’d love to say something intriguing, like working in the nude or while standing on my head. But no. I just work when and where I can. When I’m in the middle of a book, I’m pretty much always thinking about it.

Finally, what are you working on now? Any more novels set in Paris?

I’m in the between-book fermenting stage. Not writing, but thinking. Too soon to talk about! All I really know is that it’s going to be a surprise, to me as much as everybody else—because every book is, or should be, a surprise.

Okay, I can see we aren’t going to get much more out of you. Some quick questions: Paperback or e-reader?

Oh, I love my e-reader. I can adjust the print size, hold it one hand, look up words I don’t know, and carry around as many books as I want. But I read plenty of “real” books too. Both have a place in my reading world.

Coffee or tea?

Tea—with milk and sugar. Except for Saturday mornings, when we go out to a coffee shop for breakfast and I have a latte because this is Seattle and latte-drinking is sort of a law……

City or country?

Do you have to ask? City! Preferably Paris. Of course.

Enjoyed this interview? Visit Amazon to get Paris Ever After now. Available in print, ebook, and audiobook.

About Karen Burns

Karen Burns, writing books set in Paris as K. S. R. Burns, is the author of The Paris Effect and its recently released standalone sequel Paris Ever After. Writing as Karen Burns, she’s also the “working girl” behind The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl: Real-Life Career Advice You Can Actually Use. Karen has lived and worked in four countries and 22 cities, including—yay!—Paris. No longer a wanderer, she now resides in the Pacific Northwest, where in addition to novels she writes a weekly career advice column for The Seattle Times. She can be found online at

Hope you enjoyed this author interview with Karen Burns. Since I'm an avid traveler, I'll continue sharing other fascinating novels set in Paris (and other places). Happy reading!

For more novels set in Paris and France, see also Favorite Historical Novels Set in France and Contemporary Novels Set in France.


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