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Maude Laurent’s World

on June 28, 2013

Before moving to New York Maude Laurent grew up in Carvin, a small town in the north of France.


It’s an actual French town that I visited a few years ago .  I didn’t want Maude to grow up in Paris, because everybody’s already heard of Paris and nobody knows Carvin. Hell, I’d never heard of Carvin until I found a short internship there  in a tribunal completely by a lucky mistake (that’s a story for another time).

If you must know, I love the north of France and I’m proud to have spent my teenage years over there.

The north of France is known for a couple of things, mainly its bad weather.

I spent my teenage years in Lille and when I moved to Paris for my studies, every time I said I came from Lille people were like ‘oh the town where it’s always raining.” Then I’d tell them I spent my childhood in Miami and they’d be like “Man, it never rains over there! Why’d you come back to France?”

What Parisians say about Lille’s weather is accurate. But Parisians tend to exaggerate the brightness of their weather.  Having lived in Paris the last couple of years I can assure you Paris isn’t all sunshiny all the time, but the beauty of the city makes up for the grey weather. I love Lille, but the weather is truly awful. People hibernate during winter and we hardly ever have an actual summer. We haven’t seen a real summer in years!

Lille isn’t far from Carvin, but is actually a very pretty city unlike Carvin, one of the the biggest in France after Paris, Marseille, Lyon. At first, I thought Maude would grow up in Lille, but I didn’t want my hometown to be associated with Maude’s difficult childhood, so I thought of Carvin. And it’s important to know that Lille is just an hour away from Paris when traveling with the TGV, our fastest train. So Paris is Lille’s backyard!

pianoAlso, Maude learns to play the piano in her library. I don’t know if that’s done in the USA or elsewhere, but in France you can find pianos in the library and people can practice sometimes with a cask sometimes without.

I thought that was pretty cool so I made Maude learn the piano in the library where she was able to find all the scores her heart desired.

Students are taught musical theory at school from an early age in France, so from there, it’s not too difficult to read a score.

I went to music school during middle school and high school  where I learned to play the piano and hated musical theory, but Maude doesn’t seem to dislike it.

Finally, I gave Maude a classical background, because in France, in musical schools, we essentially learn classical music not modern music, at least not right away. Classical music is very important in  French  music school curricula.

Hope this helped you understand Maude’s world a little better!

Au revoir!

13 responses to “Maude Laurent’s World

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hi Ms. Adams I just read your book “a French Girl IN New York” and I am in love with it I couldn’t stop turning pages. I tried to look for your second book “a french star in new york” on iBooks but I couldn’t find it, so I wanted to ask you if you are going to put it on ibooks any time soon?

    Your fan,

  2. annaadams333 says:

    Hi Kiki!
    Thanks for writing. A French Star will be on iBooks by the end of november, but you can already buy it from Smashwords or Amazon.
    You can send me an email if you want. I’m glad you liked the first book!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hi ms. Adams your book a French girl in New York was so awsome that i didnt stop reading it until i finished..hahaha..anyways i want to ask if you have an image of what maude’s image is and so does the rest of the character…:)thanks:)

  4. Chantal says:

    I loved reading you book on iBook but I would have liked to get a paper copy. I can’t find your book anywhere! Any ideas?

    Merci beaucoup!


  5. annaadams333 says:

    Hi Chantal! We’re working on it and it won’t be long now before I make an official announcement 🙂

  6. Anonymous says:

    Hey. I love all your books and you inspired me to right. It’s a good thing I did because now it’s a passion! Tnx.

  7. AnnaAdamsAuthor says:

    Thanks so much! I’m really glad you’ve liked the French Girl series so far and I can’t wait for you to read the 5th book once it’s out. If writing is your passion, I totally encourage you to go for it! xoxo Anna

  8. Jalen says:

    He my name is Jalen and I just want to say that I love this book series and I was wondering if there are anymore books that you have

  9. AnnaAdamsAuthor says:

    Hi Jalen! Yes, there will be a fifth book: A French Voice in New York. It will be published in November 2016, but you can already add it on Goodreads 🙂

  10. Siya Pillai says:

    Hello Ms.Adams, i seriously am in love with the french girl series. Are you planning to make a sixth book for the series? (because these are one of my favorite series)

  11. Anonymous says:

    Salut ! Bon, on va parler français,hein !lol.. Je suis devenu addicte à ce livre, et c’est le moins que je puisse dire ! Penses-tu déjà à un septième et huitième livre ? Parce que moi j’y pense vraiment !!!

  12. That is an interesting piece of information, and pianos in library sounds soo cool!!

  13. Duo Disseminators says:

    Hello Ms anna adams. I loved the French Girl series. How did you work on to develop the character of Maude Laurent. Just fell in love with it. Xoxo

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