Today I’m privileged to welcome my dear friend, fellow writer, and intrepid CP Juliette Sobanet. A Montlake author of four charming womens’ fiction novels with a French twist, Juliette has agreed to offer us a window into her Parisian-inspired world and her new serialized novel Midnight Train to Paris. It’s truly ooh la la!
Thanks, Sharon! One year ago, my husband and I made the cross-country move from Washington, DC to San Diego. During our first month in the land of sunshine and margaritas, we were totally beach-crazed. Every chance we got, we high-tailed it to the Pacific and spent our days enjoying this new, laid-back lifestyle of ours. Little did I know, those beach trips would inspire the idea for my latest novel, Midnight Train to Paris.
One afternoon, after a sandy beach walk, the train that runs up and down the San Diego coast—aptly named The Coaster—rambled past us, blowing its whistle and giving its passengers a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean. The minute I spotted that train, an idea took shape. I envisioned a glamorous young woman, perhaps a woman from the 1920s or 1930s, holding her vintage suitcase and boarding the train late at night. I knew she was running from something, or someone, and I knew that the train would be magical and would possibly transport its passengers forward or backward in time.
This seed of an idea percolated for several months, and when my publisher asked me to write a Kindle Serial, I knew it was time to bring my train story to life. Since I base all of my books in France (I’m even more obsessed with France than I am with the beach), I took that late night train to the French Alps, and Midnight Train to Paris was born.
A Kindle Serial is a novel released in episodes, leaving you on a cliff-hanger each week so that you can’t wait to read the next episode. The idea is that the episodes are released as the author writes them, which makes for an entirely different writing process than I was used to. I knew I wouldn’t have the opportunity to re-write the first chapters over and over again, as I usually do. I had to get it right the first time, which, to be honest, was slightly terrifying! But as soon as I sat down to write that opening scene, the young girl I’d envisioned months ago boarding the midnight train came to life, and what emerged is a story packed with mystery, romance, and magic…a story I am beyond excited to share with my readers. Episode 4 of Midnight Train to Paris is out this week, and here is a sneak peek of that opening scene…