If at first you don’t succeed…

It was Friday morning, with the market in Valbonne in full swing and a lot of people shopping and milling about.  I was doing a “meet the author” book event at the English Book Centre in Valbonne for my books “Solitary Desire – One Woman’s Journey to France” and “Sun, Sea & Savoir-Faire – A Travel Focus on the French Riviera.”   Thanks to Lin Wolff, owner and operator – I was graciously hosted and well-positioned in front of the shop ready to meet and greet customers.

Lin had casually mentioned that even when well-known author, Stephen Clarke, had done a book signing at her shop, it had been difficult to get business!  So, what were my expectations?  Basically, to enjoy the lovely morning and profit from a little publicity, rather than book sales.  Unfortunately, there was building work, with a noisy cement mixer, next door to the bookstore, so my trailer video music, as a way to hopefully attract curiosity and attention to my table, was drowned out.  No worries – I just greeted those who walked by, talked at length to a few, handed out business cards, and people watched.  All in all, it was a very pleasant, sunny morning in a lovely town – success can be measured in various ways!

So, ……I’ll try again, and so I did the following month.  Thanks to Lin, I hosted a mid-summer aperitif book event in the late afternoonAgain, it was very quiet, as I sat in the shade in front of the bookstore waiting for passers-by.  Fortunately, the cement mixer was long gone.  I ended up meeting some very nice expat couples and two lovely women, one who had driven from Cannes specifically to meet me.  All in all, a personally rewarding afternoon for the success of meeting new people – priceless!


English Book Centre

Owner, Lin Wolff

Owner, Lin Wolff

Book table

Author, Kim Defforge

How To Write Your First Book

BOOK DESCRIPTION:paperback How to cover

A personal step-by-step guide for how to develop your ideas into a manuscript, focus on formatting, enhance editing, and pursue publishing, & more.  Follow the author’s footsteps, to help you achieve your writing success!

REVIEW: 6/25/13


Fascinating behind the scenes look into the world of self-publishing. A step-by-step guide through the process of writing, printing and marketing a book.

It is a whole new world in which today’s digital publishing possibilities are available, but for the budding author, it is rarely obvious how to avail oneself of these new technical goodies. Kim Defforge, author of two recent non-fiction books, is there to share her experiences as a neophyte writer-publisher-marketer.

For anyone contemplating authoring their first book, “How To Write Your First Book” could prove invaluable. Though chronicling her writing experiences, as well, the book’s real emphasis is on the often difficult maze of decisions to take in choosing to become your own publisher.


To Each His/Her Own…Dream !



Book CoverSolitary Desire – One Woman’s Journey to France”  featured as Spotlight Blitz Book Tour on Buy The Book Tours site, as well as on their tour partners/hosts’ sites.

A true story of living one’s life dream!

4.6/5.0 in reviews

Available as an E-book and paperback on Amazon, Createspace, and Smashwords.1519847_orig

International Club Interview

Book CoverI recently had the honor of being one of the guest’s on the International Club of the Riviera’s radio broadcast (currently online), for an interview about my recently published book, available for purchase on Amazon as an e-book or paperback.

Below is a synopsis of the interview, which I hope will inspire you to follow your life journey, wherever it may lead! Bon courage!

ICR: What is the working title of your book?

“Solitary Desire – One Woman’s Journey to France”

ICR:  Where did the idea come from for the book?

I wanted to tell my personal story, in the hope of inspiring others to follow their desires and dreams and to show how taking small steps can lead to a  path towards an end goal.

ICR:  What genre does your book fall under?

Non-fiction, as a  memoire, but also a travelogue/love story.

ICR:  What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Stories of self discovery through a personal life journey; perhaps, “Under the Tuscan Sun.”

ICR:  Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

I should be so lucky to have this choice, but in dreaming of this possibility, I would pick Meryl Streep – especially since she can dance – this  comment is self-explanatory in reading the book.

ICR:  What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

An amusing story of self-discovery through life choices, while striving for one’s dream.

ICR:  Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

To be self-published as an indie e-book, with print-on-demand option. I am also hoping to publish my e-book in French and as an audio book.

ICR:  How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

I started writing a few chapters ten years ago, but then put it aside due to life events, and now have completed this personal journey memoire.

ICR:  Who or What inspired you to write this book?

It was during a stay in Paris, that I decided to write about my experiences.

ICR:  What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Love, self-discovery, and inspiration to persevere, irregardless of time constraints and life events, in going after personal goals.  Success in striving for one’s dream is measured along the way and in many ways – it’s not always about getting from point A to point B.

Questions source: The Next Big Thing

Press Release – News

Coming Soon …..To an e-book reader near you !

One Woman’s Journey to France

           Written by Kim Defforge

To be published soon, SOLITARY DESIRE, is a short story of the author’s long and windy road – with its detours, road blocks, and potholes along the way – as she attempts to fulfill her solitary desire.

Do dreams really come true or is desire just a solitary dream?

Stay tuned for the upcoming launch of the book trailer video!