Alexandria writes both fiction and non-fiction. She created her travel blog Bon Voyage, Mon Chéri in September 2013 when she moved from Milwaukee, WI to the glamorous city of Paris. There, she taught French children how to pronounce the “th” sound. (You have to stick your tongue out a lot. The kids loved it).
She’s currently based in Edinburgh and has just completed her master’s in creative non-fiction writing, for which she wrote The Allure of a Parisian Romance, a memoir about the romantic mythology of Paris. She is also a Pitch Wars 2017 mentee for her YA fantasy novel, Of Serpents and Stars.
She has juggled many colorful hats, including writer, editor, PR assistant, French translator, assistant editor, social media specialist, and website manager. For more details, check out her freelance services.
Feel free to contact her! Don’t be shy, she loves collaborating with new people and companies, as well as just a friendly chat.
Still interested? Here’s the full story
It begins and ends with a book.
My life-long love affair with reading has made me both a writer and a traveler.
As a kid, I used to break my glasses from falling asleep with my face stuck to the chocolate-smudged pages of Harry Potter. I went through many pairs of glasses.
When my parents read Madeline as a bedtime story, I’d pretend I was a little girl in a yellow hat with appendicitis, living in Paris. Well let me tell you, when I finally did get my appendix removed nearly 20 years later, nobody gave me a yellow hat, and I wasn’t anywhere near the Eiffel Tower, so be careful what you wish for.
But I digress.
Images of French châteaux and vineyards, planes and trains, colored my imagination for years.
And one day, I realized I had spent most of my life with my nose in a book. Two decades of reading every story I could find created a deep, unsettling need to travel, and explore the world for myself.
So after graduating from Miami University, I moved to Paris.
Living in Paris was a time of love and fragmented beauty. Tucked away in a chambre de bonne so tiny I could touch both walls with outstretched arms, I wrote.
I also drank wine and attempted to laugh off the bizarre Parisian dating scene with my best friends (but really, so bizarre). And thus, my blog Bon Voyage, Mon Chéri was born. After years of travel blogging, I took some time off to focus on my master’s as well as my fiction writing. While I no longer regularly blog about traveling, you can check out all my archived posts if you’re interested!
Where are you now?
Edinburgh! One of my favorite cities in the world.
Since my days teaching English in Paris, I’ve continued exploring and searching for places that my favorite authors and characters once visited.
And now, I’m armed with a book, a dream, and a little bit of hope. Now that I’ve completed my master’s, I’m hoping to move forward with my writing career, and will soon be moving to sunny Los Angeles!
And just for good measure, here’s a picture of my dogs, Boulder and Duke, because I love them.
Bon voyage, mon chéri!