Just wanted to say that I attended one of Sue’s courses about 18 months ago and found it very useful. I'm now pleased to say that after 2 years of working into the early hours and despite having 5 children to care for and 3 businesses to run, I have finally finished writing my first book and just sent it off for editing! It's the first in a series of three books entitled "A Mother in France Experiences" and guess what Glyn, the first in the series is called "Moving to France"!
When we were in the process of moving here 10 years ago I read at least 15 different books about moving to France and not one of them told me what I really wanted to know. They were all written by retirees, minor celebrities or people from a media background telling either humorous tales of their quirky French life or a romanticised description of the "Vie en France". I wanted to know what it was really like for an ordinary family with children and a living to make. So that is exactly what I've written. A personal and honest account of why we decided to move here, the process we went through and what it was like when we got here - warts and all! It took us 20 years to realise our dream, we had to overcome many obstacles and it hasn't been an easy ride since we got here. Making a living for your average family is extremely tough and you have to have a lot of determination, flexibility and guts to survive here.
My second book which is nearing completion is about Raising a Family in France and covers my experiences with 2 pregnancies in France, the education system from maternelle through to University, language learning from the perspective of all 5 children learning to be fluent at different ages, parenting style differences, cultural differences etc.
The third book is about our experiences of starting and running businesses in France. We've developed and run a gite business, run gardening courses, taught English to French students, started a landscaping business, started a garden centre and are in the process of starting an on-line business. So, I've got a lot to share there too.
I think it's a little unfair to say moving to France stories have been done to death. Everyone has different experiences of life and many people are interested, enlightened and inspired by those stories. So I'm sorry Glyn if it offends you that I've written another, but you know what? You don't have to read it! ;)