Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Showcase with Amy's Review: Confessions of a Paris Party Girl by Vicki Lesage

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Wine, romance, and French bureaucracy - the ups and downs of an American's life in Paris. This laugh-out-loud memoir is almost too funny to be true!

Drinking too much bubbly. Meeting sappy Frenchmen who have girlfriends or are creeps or both. Encountering problème after problème with French bureaucracy. When newly-single party girl Vicki moved to Paris, she was hoping to taste wine, stuff her face with croissants, and maybe fall in love.

In her first book, this long-time blogger and semi-professional drinker recounts the ups and downs of her life in Paris. Full of sass, shamefully honest admissions, and situations that seem too absurd to be true, Vicki makes you feel as if you're stumbling along the cobblestones with her. 

Will she find love? Will she learn to consume reasonable amounts of alcohol? Will the French administration ever cut her a break?



I loved this book and could not put it down.  This is a very quick, easy read.  Paris is on my bucket list and the Lesage did a fantastic job taking me along on her journey.  Lesage's attention to detail of the people, of the buildings and of the architecture blew my mind. I loved that the author conveys a feeling a friendship (like you are her friend) while you are reading this book. I give this book 5 stars as I loved her writing style, her attention to detail, how the book flowed.  But what I loved the most was her sense of humor.  I hope there is a sequel to this book.




Q. What inspires your writing?

A. As an American living in Paris, I’ve experienced some crazy things. From eating bizarre foods to being yelled at by taxi drivers for not having correct change, I find something new to write about every day! I would go crazy living in this city if I didn’t have an outlet to share my frustrations, and I try to temper my “rants” with the good points of the city life as well.


Q. What is your favorite thing about being a writer?

A. I love being taken away to a different place. Once I get into writing one of my stories, time flies and I feel like I’m really there (partly because I was really there since I write about my life). For example, the other day I wrote about the birth of my son and it was like reliving the entire 18 hours, minus the pain!


Q. What is the toughest part of being an writer?

A. Getting started. I have small goals for each day, whether it’s a blog post or working on my next book or editing. Once I get started I really enjoy it but it’s hard to get off Facebook and get my creative juices flowing! As a math nerd it’s way easier for me to dive into the more analytical tasks, such as tracking sales and making decisions on ad spending.


Q. If you could not be writer, what would you do/be?

A. Currently my day job is IT Director, which is pretty much the opposite of writing but I love it. In fact, for me, there are similarities in both - I take big tasks (launching a website, writing a book), break it into manageable pieces, then start chipping away at them. I enjoy organization (I use spreadsheets for work and my writing!) and I enjoy the satisfaction of crossing things off my list.


Q. What would the story of your life be entitled?

A. This one’s easy since my book is a memoir - Confessions of a Paris Party Girl! While I could have written about any number of things that happened in my life, living in Paris is the most interesting and unique, so that’s why I chose it. Also, many stories about American girls who move to Paris focus on the good - I chose to focus on the crazy and sometimes bad stuff, just to show what it’s really like!


Q. What is your favorite book of all time?

A. “The Time Traveler’s Wife,” by Audrey Niffenegger. It’s a well-written, fascinating story that is emotional to its core. It’s one of the most romantic stories I’ve ever read, but is heart-wrenching at the same time. During a road trip I was describing the book to my husband (as English is his second language I knew he would never get around to reading it) and I actually got choked up just talking about it. I don’t think I have it in me to read it again but it’s a book I continue to recommend to people because it just had such an effect on me.


Q. Which character from ANY book are you most like?

A. This question is harder than it sounds! I guess in a lot of ways I’m like Becky Bloomwood from the Shopaholic series. Deep down I’m a caring person who means well, but some people don’t see it through all the partying. I also really try to do my best but sometimes, due to things I can’t control (like the infuriating French administration!) things turn out a total disaster.


Q. What character from all of your books are you most like?

A. Another easy one - I’m most like me in my book!


Q. Which book would you love to take a weekend vacation inside of?

A. Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett. I’m fascinated by the time period and would love to be thrown right in the middle of it, but I think I’d be done by the end of the weekend - their level of hygiene would totally gross me out!


Q. What is your favorite season?

A. Autumn. I love the smell, the crisp air, the leaves changing color, and the promise of exciting things to come - first my birthday, then Christmas!


Q. What inspired your book cover?

A. Before starting my cover, I looked at numerous other covers in my genre and in books about Paris. I wanted a cover that immediately conveyed the following: Paris, girly, fun. I feel like my cover accomplished that!


Q. Tell me something funny that happened while on a book tour or while promoting your book.

A. I’m just starting out and so far so good, but given how crazy my life is on a daily basis, I’m pretty sure the next mishap is just around the corner!


Q. Are you working on something new?

A. I have already started a sequel, which will pick up where Confessions of a Paris Party Girl left off. It will be mostly focused around pregnancy and raising kids in Paris - which is no easy feat!


Q. Anything you want to say to followers of this blog or those that are just stopping by?

A. If you’re looking for a humorous read about what it’s really like to live in Paris, check out my book. Part of what gets me through the hectic aspects of the city is sharing my experiences with others!


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Wine, romance, and French bureaucracy - the ups and downs of an American's life in Paris. This laugh-out-loud memoir is almost too funny to be true!

Drinking too much bubbly. Meeting sappy Frenchmen who have girlfriends or are creeps or both. Encountering problème after problème with French bureaucracy. When newly-single party girl Vicki moved to Paris, she was hoping to taste wine, stuff her face with croissants, and maybe fall in love.

In her first book, this long-time blogger and semi-professional drinker recounts the ups and downs of her life in Paris. Full of sass, shamefully honest admissions, and situations that seem too absurd to be true, Vicki makes you feel as if you're stumbling along the cobblestones with her.

Will she find love? Will she learn to consume reasonable amounts of alcohol? Will the French administration ever cut her a break?

“Her writing brings the characters she meets to life, her friends, boyfriends, fellow Metro travellers and French officials, and the stories she tells are full of humour, even the truly frustrating ones.”

“Her struggles with French men, love, work and bureaucracy made me laugh out loud, I could not put it down!”
- Sissi de Beauregard, Chick-litet autres Love Stories



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Vicki Lesage is an IT Director by day, writer by night. And a full-time nerd. She loves fondue, wine, math, and zombies. She lives in Paris with her French husband and rambunctious son.

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