On March 4th I sent an email to Karin Crilly about a competition being run on The Good Life France. I saw this competition mentioned on twitter @lifefrance and thought of Karin as I knew she was writing a memoir about her year in Aix-en-Provence and I thought it would be a good idea for her to send something out into the world.
The Good Life France is an independent online magazine that celebrates life in France and attracts a number of writers and contributors who write on a wide range of subjects, keeping visitors and residents informed about France and all things French. The competition was to celebrate the 2nd anniversary since their inception and they invited contributions of work up to 1000 words on France or French related.
Karin replied and said she would be very interested in entering the competition and asked if I would like to read the extract she had chosen, from the first chapter of her book.
Unbeknown to us both at the time, it was the beginning of the two of us working together. I read her work, made some suggestions and she polished her already excellent prose into a shape resembling 1000 words of an evocative experience in Paris that did indeed wow the judges, moving some of them to tears yet uplifting them at the same time.
Earlier this week, to our great joy, we learned that Karin had won the competition, ahead of more than 100 other entries and her story Scattered Dreams in Paris has now been published on The Good Life France.
You can read the story here by clicking on the title.
Winner of 2014 Writing Competition The Good Life France!
Scattered Dreams in Paris by Karin Crilly
Congratulations Karin and Bonne Continuation!
Update: Karin’s memoir has now been published, you can find out more by reading my review here: The Blue Satin NightGown by Karin Crilly.
And congratulations to you, Claire, on spotting and supporting winning talent!
Thanks Susan, Karin is a real inspiration and it is a pleasure to work and spend time with her, I am looking forward to the book being complete when I am sure it will inspire many!
You are right — I do love this story. Looking forward to her book. Perhaps ‘when’ I move to Aix en Provence the 3 of us can meet for a glass of wine? Thanks for posting this.
I am happy you enjoyed it Fransi, and I would love for you to meet Karin, you will be inspired to follow in her footsteps I am sure. 🙂
Wow well done to both of you, you can obviously spot talent 🙂
This is so wonderful, Claire! You are such a wonderful friend and a an amazing inspiration! Congratulations to Karin!
Just read Karen’s story at the link you have given, Claire. Very beautiful and poignant story. Thanks for writing about her story and sharing the link. Thanks to Karen for writing this beautiful story.
You deserve the honours too Claire together with Karin. 🙂 Congratulations to you both 🙂
Claire, this is simply too great a coincidence! I was the judge who broke the tie and chose Karin’s beautiful story as the contest winner. I too was moved to tears! How fortunate she was to connect with you! Let’s all meet when you and I get together in Aix in June. Email to follow!
What a joy, Patricia. Thank you for your vote and am eager to meet you.