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Write or read?

Write, or read?

Could you give up one or the other? Can you ever be a good writer but not read?

‘Would you rather give up writing for the rest of your life but have all the time you wanted for reading… or give up reading for the rest of your life but have all the time you want for writing?’

This is the question Rachelle Gardner asks in a recent post. http://cba-ramblings.blogspot.com/

To me reading and writing go together, no doubt. I cannot see myself giving one up for the other. I’m an avid reader, always has been. I was the child coming home weighed down by my findings at whichever library we lived near at the time. I learned foreign languages through my need to read. I’d pick up whatever I could lay my hands on to satisfy this need.

My children are the same. I read to them the moment I was born. I got funny looks at a time when it was not yet trendy. The result is a house full of books, our cars too. The smallest of journeys is spent with a nose in a book. They read at the table while eating if we let them. My children are bilingual as a result, my daughter has better spelling than French children her age and even older ones. OK, OK, stop bragging, I hear you.

And writing? At school, I hated the constraints imposed by teachers. Write like this, don’t deviate. I went to schools where teachers did not encourage creativity. I was the child who would write and rewrite…changing details until the very last minute.

Then I went to university. I had fantastic teachers there, ones who recognised and encouraged creativity. Life has its ups and downs, some of them delaying me for a while, but deep down I never stopped. The stories are in my head. I used to think I was slightly mad, or worse. Was I normal? What is normal anyway?

These stories have to come out eventually. I still read as I write. I feel torn at times, wanting to finish a book but characters calling me to get on with the story I’m writing. Lucky for me I’m a fast reader and a furious writer. Once the story starts forming in my head, I’m compelled to write it, so hard to stop. So I do amidst the chaos in my life, little blonde heads demanding attention…

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Nothing typical about this writer

Typical? What’s typical?

I’m probably the most untypical type person around. I don’t have a routine and I’m not exactly predictable. I’m sort of bohemian and quite flexible. This does not mean I’m unreliable though.

I was asked in this new interview what my typical writing day was like. You can read all about here, and more.

http://www.novelkicks.co.uk/advice/author-interviews-new/item/980-elle-amberley

How about you, do you have a routine?

I have now joined Tumblr and loving it. It allows me to spread my posts throughout the day. Magic! That way, I’m sort of always there to bug you, without bugging you too much hopefully since the posts don’t all come out at once.

Check it out, you can also submit a post if you like. And no, you don’t need a Tumblr account, but if you can’t resist and sign up, let me know, so I can follow you.

Here it is:

http://elleamberley.tumblr.com/

 [author_info]Elle Amberley writes novels, the result of far too much imagination and the constant scenarios playing in her head. She also writes short stories and features when she can’t stop herself reacting to events and news. Since she’s a little bit mad, or creative, she now also writes in French.[/author_info]

Don’t forget, Lost in your time is now out. Check out the links for my books on the right-hand side 🙂

Thanks for reading me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How writing in French healed me

English or French?

OK, so I have a novel coming out soon and the thing is I can’t wait to finish editing the follow-up.

I also have a French novel on the back burner, calling me. As I read passages the other day, it struck me how much the style is different from my English novels.

In recent interviews I’ve been asked about the challenges of writing in another language. Writing in French came as a shock, something I had not anticipated at all. It happened after a trauma and unblocked the pain in me, the pain I could not express in English. I had not even planned to write. The pen was placed in my hand and through tears the words just poured out.

I wonder if other writers who write in a different language feel the same and express themselves differently. I do know I love the challenge and the ability to do so, opening new doors in my mind…

Thank you for all the support here, on Twitter and lately on Facebook. I very much appreciate it.

Stay tuned for more news, many thanks, Elle

And do drop me a line, I love chatting with all of you:)

French Kiss here ☛ http://www.facebook.com/Elle.Amberley.Author ♥

Where is home anyway?

A post inspired by:

H- Home is Where the Heart is

I’m British but grew up all over the place, so for a long time nowhere felt like home. I feel quite bohemian.

Since I’ve had my kids, anywhere I am with them is fine by me as long as they’re happy.

I do feel a strong connection with France though and I have a special place in Portugal. I don’t know why but I feel at peace there, plus they adore children.

Also, I speak French fluently and haven’t got tired of confusing the French. When they hear me switching from English to French without accent, they think I am indeed French, hilarious.

 

Staying at home with the kids

A post in response to my friend Peryl’s post :

” There are a lot of people – politicos, authors, strangers at Starbucks, my mother, to name a few – who question the absolute value of the work of a stay-at-home mother.

Linda Hirshman, Author of Get to work: A Manifesto for Women of the World famously said: “women who quit their jobs to stay home with their children [are] making a mistake….the tasks of housekeeping and child rearing [are] not worthy of the full time and talents of intelligent and educated human beings. “

My take on the matter :

It’s a personal choice.
What about just enjoying your children, they grow up so quickly!
I find being with my children fulfilling, they are so inquisitive and full of life, so enthusiastic!
I suppose a lot of it depends what you do with your time.
Personally I feel so overstimulated, I fear for my brain.
Maybe that explains the encephalitis I had last week.
I stay at home, well,  in between all the travelling that is.
Now where am I again ?
Oh yes, back in Paris, for now..
I’m proud to say I look after my children, I home-educate them (they are bilingual).We’re always busy busy busy.
Somehow in the midst of all that I write. I’ve got 2 books on the go, one in english and the other one in french.
Whatever  possessed me to start writing in french ?!
So there you are, I ‘m probably a bit mad and a bit too creative.
Let’s enjoy our Mummy time while it lasts.You can never experience these early years again.

P.S. Don’t forget to read my friend’s blog, it’s a brilliant read and she often makes me laugh.

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