We'll Always Have Paris: A Memoir by Jennifer Coburn | Author Jan Moran
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We'll Always Have Paris: A Memoir by Jennifer Coburn

We'll Always Have Paris book coverFor my Francophile friends who love books set in Paris and France, here's another excellent memoir that combines travel with family dynamics, and the result is magical. We'll Always Have Paris is a wonderfully spirited and heartfelt tale from Jennifer Coburn, a  USA Today bestselling author of six novels (Reinventing Mona, Field of Schemes) and contributor to four literary anthologies.

Over the past two decades, Coburn has received numerous awards from the Press Club and Society for Professional Journalists for articles that appeared in Mothering, Big Apple Baby, The Miami Herald, The San Diego Union-Tribune and dozens of national and regional publications. She has also written for Salon.com, Creators News Syndicate and The Huffington Post.

We'll Always Have Paris: A Mother/Daughter Adventure is a funny, honest, sometimes kooky memoir by San Diegan Jennifer Coburn…to read the book is to experience Europe anew, and relive all the wonder that travel brings.” – San Diego Magazine

We'll Always Have Paris: A Travel Memoir

So, without further ado, here's my chat with Jennifer on We'll Always Have Paris

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Terrified of dying young, a neurotic American mother travels through Europe with her precocious daughter.

Please tell us a little about your book. Why is it a must-read?

We'll Always Have Paris is a memoir about my daughter Katie and my four trips to 12 European cities starting in Paris when Katie was eight years old and ending in Paris when she was 16. There’s also quite a bit about my childhood growing up in New York in the 1970s and 80s with a single mother and a father who died far too young.

If you enjoy books that explore parent-child relationships, you may enjoy this one. I have been told it’s very honest, and that is the highest praise I could hope for because I really wanted to share my emotional truth in hopes that others would connect with it.

 

Is there a message you want readers to take from your books?

On our first night in Paris, Katie and I had dinner at my cousin Janine and her husband Bruno’s flat. Bruno is French and when he caught a glimpse of my Paris street map, meticulously marked with pink stickers for where we were visiting on Monday, yellow for Tuesday, and blue for Wednesday, he shook his head and barely refrained from rolling his eyes. “Jennifer, in order to know Paris,” Bruno said, inhaling his cigarette, “You must simply relax, have a glass of wine, and enjoy life.” Exhale. That became the driving question throughout my travels: Could I let go of the checklists, must-sees, and schedules, and just relax and enjoy life? I hope that when people read my book, they are inspired to just relax and enjoy life.

Are your character based on real people? Or imaginary people?

Author Jennifer Coburn and daughter KatieIn my memoir, all of the characters are real people, but I also borrow a lot from real life for my fiction. If you read We'll Always Have Paris and Tales from the Crib, you’ll notice that both have a deliciously sage Aunt Bernice living in south Florida. When my aunt read the draft of Tales from the Crib, she said (add thick New York accent): “Why did you change my name to Beatrice? This is clearly me and I want the credit for being the inspiration for this character!” I explained that I was going to write a sequel, The Queen Gene, in which the 84-year-old auntie would visit a strip club and experiment with Brazilian bikini waxing, things she would not actually do in real life. Bernice said she wanted to be able to show off at the condo, and insisted that I call her by her real name.

What’s your advice for authors just starting out?

Nearly every successful writer has struggled with rejection and self-doubt. If you’re experiencing these things, it means you’re really doing it; you’re pursuing your dream, not just talking about it.

What are you working on now?

Enjoying Katie’s last year at home before she leaves for college. Then I have another idea for a novel set in Paris.

If you could tell your readers anything, what would it be?

Thank you, thank you, thank you for reading my books. Thank you for sending messages on Facebook. Thank you for inviting me to your book clubs and events. Thank you for writing reviews on Goodreads, Amazon, and BN.com. I read everything (sometimes twice) and appreciate it all.

What do you love most about the writing process?

Finding out what happens next. My characters make me laugh and I thoroughly enjoy their company.

What’s your favorite place?

I love to snuggle in our big bed with my husband and daughter and read. If it’s raining outside, even better!

What’s the best fan letter you’ve received?

“Thanks for the push,” accompanied by a photo of a mother and daughter in front of the Eiffel Tower.

Café_Demel_interior4,_ViennaWhere do you dream of traveling?

I think Billy Joel may be right: Vienna waits for me.

(And me, too, Jennifer! Meet you at this coffee shop?)

Be sure to check out Jennifer's website at www.JenniferCoburn.com, too, for more fascinating videos and photos of her travels, and links to purchase We'll Always Have Paris and her other books.

 

 

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