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Encounters in Paris: A Collection of Short Stories Paperback – November 5, 2010
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--The Midwest Book Review
"I was drawn to the main character from the instant I started reading. I enjoyed the author's writing as it flowed easily, guiding me along the way....It's perfect to read with a cup of hot chocolate on a rainy day." --Reader Views
"I loved the fact that it presented issues such as infidelity and betrayal and things that are present in today's society. I`m looking forward to reading more of Ms. Moncel's works." --Amy Siggelow, a reader on Goodreads.com
"Carolyn has a style of writing that draws you into the story straight away and conveys a message of "being there". Highly recommended." --William, a reader on Smashwords.com
"...The author does an excellent job of engrossing readers in the language, atmosphere, and culture of Paris, also addressing topics such as infidelity, trust, and regret. Hopefully the author will continue Ellery's story, because I believe there is so much more waiting in the wings for the main character..." --OOSA Online Book Club
From the Author
The characters seem very real. Are these stories based on real people?
Yes, I wanted readers to be able to relate to these characters. The situations in which the characters find themselves are universal. We have all fallen in love, lost love and jobs, and experienced disappointment. I just wanted readers to identify with these feelings and also realize that all experiences, both good and bad, shape us and make us who we're meant to be. Plus, we live in a world where every problem must be solved quickly, with a happy ending. Honestly, life isn't quite that simple. Working through real-life problems is actually a process. It's a messy affair; never neat and tidy.
I would say that these stories are about 25 percent real and 75 percent imagination. I take my inspiration from everywhere. For example, there are some aspects of my own life represented here, but only a tiny bit. I spend a great deal of time watching other people and observing how they behave or react in different situations.
More About the Author
Carolyn Moncel On Writing
I started writing because I realized that it's very difficult for me not to tell a story. I come from a family of storytellers, so I've heard some sort of tale all of my life. I tell stories to my family, friends and even my clients. Even my non-fiction, business articles usually end with a moral.
Short stories and novellas are my preferred genres because they allow me to describe brief moments in time and get off the page. I like to make readers think, but I also like to leave them with a bit of suspense.
Other Projects in Production
Nearly Lost You will be a young adult novel written under the pen name, Ella Swinton, and in collaboration with my teenage daughter. The story follows the adventures (or rather misadventures) of Isobel Ballou, a sassy yet snarky, multiracial 15-year-old girl from Evanston, Illinois. Isobel thinks she hates almost everything about her life; most of all her parents' marital status. She would like nothing more than to see them get divorce - that is until her plan hits a series of unavoidable snags while vacationing with her parents and best friend, Danny Carter, in Venice. It's the Parent Trap turned upside down but we hope that teens and adult women in particular will find it an equally enjoyable read. Nearly Lost You debuts in fall 2012.
Geneva Nights - A Novel is the last book in the Ellery Roulet series ties together all of the characters introduced in previous works like Encounters in Paris and 5 Reasons to Leave a Lover. New characters also emerge including a very sexy new man who definitely has his eye on Ellery Roulet. Geneva nights will debut in early 2013.
That House on the Hill - A Novel (Coming in fall 2013)
For 40 years a family has been divided due to an on-going feud. When the family's patriarch dies in Chicago, the surviving relatives gather to settle the estate and also return him to his final resting place within the family crypt in Eastern France. A lost diary and a tree located in a small town hold the keys as to why the feud occurred in the first place. Danielle Deschamps is a young African-American woman who is married to one of the French-American sons. Due to her own complicated history, family means everything to her and thus, finds it difficult to understand how other families can remain estranged for so long. As for the Deschamps' predicament, Danielle simply calls it as she sees it and at times, makes the in-laws around her quite uncomfortable. However, it is Danielle's outspoken nature and keen and truthful observations that propel the family forward so the feud can end and healing can occur.
Top Customer Reviews
Ellery's life is revealed through connected episodes in this short-story collection. Some of my favorite episodes were the ones that deal with what-if scenarios, if you ever had a chance to re-do some past incidents in your life. In "A Brief Indiscretion," Ellery has a second chance to recapture love with an ex-boyfriend, and at the moment to make everything right, Ellery makes a decision that even she never imagined. In "Pandora's Box Revisited," Ellery and her husband will both discover what matters most to them, but one knows more than the other about what came in the mail that will change their future. I was simply engrossed in these stories, and in Ellery's world. I enjoyed that the stories were set in France and how the French culture was incorporated in the tales. The author was able to create situations which appear ordinary, but were more richly complex than what meets the eye. While the stories may use few words to describe the situations, the words are smoothly elegant and polished.
What I most enjoyed about this book, is while Ellery is African-American, she really is "Everywoman," as Ms.Read more ›
Each story is about her main character, Ellery, and her life as an American in Paris. With two young daughters an unfaithful, the loss of her job and the death of her mother back in the states, Ellery deals with her fears and life the best she can without going completely crazy. One story tells of her ending a long term romantic relationship that she knew had to finally end, another tells of her fear of flying and her fears of facing the ghosts of her parents.
Her stories were so good, that I found myself wanting to know more about her main character and her life. Giving us just a small glimpse into the world she has created wasn't enough. I hope Carolyn has plans to develop this into a longer novel, because there is definitely room for this character to grow.
I had the chance to read her book and interview her on Page Readers. I look forward to reading more of her work!
When you think of Paris, one of things that might cross your mind is romance, but the last thing Ellery Roulet is feeling is romantic. Ellery never imagined reading her mail would send her life in a downward spiral, but soon she realizes it was already headed that way.
"Encounters in Paris" is described as a collection of short stories, but I would describe it as chapters in Ellery Roulet's life. Every short story involves Ellery coming to the realization of a situation in her life, and also understanding that life's solutions aren't so black and white. The author does an excellent job of engrossing readers in the language, atmosphere, and culture of Paris, also addressing topics such as infidelity, trust, and regret.
Hopefully the author will continue Ellery's story, because I believe there is so much more waiting in the wings for the main character.
I especially enjoyed the short story, "A brief Indiscretion". I will not go in detail about the story because it is a short story but the title basically tells the story.
The overall grammar of the book was very good and the stories flowed well together. This brings me to ask the author, why this book was not a full novel? Mrs. Moncel has all the elements of making this a complete work of fiction with a little more detailed description and expansion of the story line. I found myself wanting more from each story and the stories basically are a continuation of the main characters life.
This was a good book and would be an even better novel.
The different encounters Ellery experiences teach her valuable lessons. It is how Ellery deals with these lessons that will shape the woman she becomes. Ellery takes readers on a journey through life issues, hard decisions, and finding peace.
Encounters In Paris is a collection of memorable stories that detail a woman's life. The author does a wonderful job capturing readers into the life of the main character. The descriptions of Paris will have readers believing they are actually there. I recommend this book to others.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
After reading the first short story in Encounters in Paris by Carolyn Moncel I felt drawn into Ellery Roulet's world. Read morePublished on July 31, 2012 by Evie
Encounters in Paris explores a few key moments in the life of Ellery Roulet. Set in Paris, the woman's life is turned topsy-turvy as a result of two letters. Read morePublished on July 28, 2012 by Alice Y. Yeh
This book is a delightful departure from the mass of meaningless drivel that passes for a book today. Read morePublished on March 31, 2011 by Fantasy buff
This book is a collection of four stories that are all set in Paris. The first story titled Pandora's Box Revisited introduces Ellery Roulet, the main character of all five short... Read morePublished on March 14, 2011 by Urban Reviews