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What the French taught me about sex (and writing it)

Henry et JuneIt’s nearly a week since my debut novel Paris Mon Amour came out and I’ll be writing about that incredible experience very soon…

But in the meantime – and because I was way too busy to post this week – here are some of the pieces I’ve written elsewhere to coincide with the release.  Given the longevity and popularity of my earlier feature on Sex Scenes in Fiction, maybe you’ll enjoy my musings in Red Magazine Online about What the French taught me about sex – quite a lot, as it turns out, especially when it comes to writing about it.  I also got to nominate 5 of my favourite sexy French books (and covers)!

Just before publication I appeared on Ruby Speechley’s excellent new blog My Life in Books, talking about the 10 books that have influenced me most, especially as a writer.  Half of them are non English language originals.

In Female First I shared 10 Things I’d like my readers to know about me – although some of these won’t come as a surprise to Literary Sofa regulars!

On publication day I was delighted to do my first Q&A as a published author for Amanda Saint’s Year of Indie Debuts on the Retreat West blog.  Amanda asked some brilliant, searching questions which really made me think.

And on the day of my launch party, it was a real buzz to be featured on Roz Morris’s legendary Undercover Soundtrack with the songs that inspired and sustained me during the writing of Paris Mon Amour, including Springsteen, Pink Floyd and some French stuff too.

There are lots more pieces in the pipeline.  Thanks to all of the above for inviting me and for the incredible support and kindness so many of you have shown me this week.









About Isabel Costello

Writer (novels: Paris Mon Amour 2017; Scent 2021).Host of the Literary Sofa blog. Co-founder of Resilience for Writers with Voula Tsoflias. Perfume lover and Francophile.


3 thoughts on “What the French taught me about sex (and writing it)

  1. Congrats on the publication of your novel – an excellent reason to be too busy to post. Mind you, I’m sure compiling this one took a bit of work.

    Posted by writerlyderv | June 20, 2016, 08:40


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