Recently Quarter Castle Publishing sat down with Sheila McDougall and talked with her about her upcoming release City of Light and Shadow. In the coming weeks we’ll post pieces of this interview here.
QCP: City of Light and Shadow takes place in Paris. Have you visited the city? What did you love most about it?
Sheila McDougall: I visited Paris two years ago, satisfying a lifelong desire to see what’s widely regarded as one of the most beautiful cities on earth. The River Seine, the picturesque bridges crossing it, the unique architecture – the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, Sacred Heart Basilica, the gardens and fountains and, of course, its cuisine.
A quote from the memoir: “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.”
QCP: Is there any particular reason why you set City of Light and Shadow in Paris?
Sheila McDougall: My original intent was to set the story solely in New Orleans, but I knew that Paris was also famous for its jazz culture. That knowledge presented an opportunity to place my main character in an appealing setting but one he’d find unfamiliar and challenging.
…more about City of Light and Shadow with Sheila McDougall next week. Look for the contemporary thriller in softcover (in both standard and OpenDyslexic font) and eBook in October 2013.