Hello, I’m Hazel, originally from the UK, now living in the wilds of rural France. As youngster I dreamed of two things; writing books and running a small-holding – interesting ambitions for an East London girl! Instead though, I embarked on a more conventional path and began climbing the corporate ladder, ending up a company CEO. A breathless and exciting career, but just about as far as it’s possible to get from my dreams. All that changed in 2013. Having fallen in love with a French man I met in India, I gave up corporate life and moved to Paris to live life as a full-time writer. A year later I bought a pretty farmhouse and some land. The rest, as they say, is history.
I write what I hope are thought-provoking novels. I like to take a theme or an issue that intrigues me and create a story around that. I suppose you could say my novels are existential in nature. And I hope that the stories and the characters I create are gripping as well. I love writing about modern women – interesting and complex women who are sometimes uncertain, who can feel vulnerable, who sometimes struggle, but who are nonetheless creating spaces in which they can fully express their strength as women.
In our pre-Covid days I loved travelling to literature festivals and events, doing book-signings, giving talks. One of my regular trips was to the Sivananda Ashram in Kerala, India where I run writers groups and workshops. I also loved hosting Paris and London based literary lunches and salons. One of the things I miss most during these confined times is the writers’ group I run for female prisoners at Style Prison in the UK. All that has of course, changed for the time being.
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