First time author Steve Bichard has done incredibly well to not only write and distribute Vantastic France, but he has also done that rare thing in the self-publishing sector and actually sold some copies! You can read about Steve's experiences of e-publishing here and if anyone is considering going down this route, Steve's down to earth advice will prove invaluable.
If someone asked me to sum up Vantastic France, 'down to earth' would be the key phrase that springs to mind . The main character, Barry, is down to earth and so is his partner Linda. The writing style is equally unpretentious and the story covers the kind of day to day events that affect us all. Vantastic France is a warm, funny story about real people. And yes, the characters are stereotypes, Barry is 'white van man', Clarissa is the crashing snob and we also have Norman the slime ball, but as we all know, stereotypes do exist and rural ex-pat life can often bring out the worst in people!
It can also bring out the best in them and Barry's desire to make their new life work, is what gives this book its feel good factor.
There have been requests for a sequel and I've heard rumours that Steve is planning one. Watch this space....
Vantastic France is available from: Amazon