I’m an author, I live in Paris, and I work most often from my local café on my laptop.
I’ve written four books about helping people to create their own websites the DIY way: Create Your Own Website the Easy Way, Create Your Own Website Using WordPress in a Weekend, The Creative Person’s Website Builder and Create Your Own Online Store in a Weekend.
At this moment I’m busy working on some other projects with my publishing company, but I can’t say more about them quite yet.
I’m fascinated by entrepreneurialism, and involved with several entrepreneurs’ groups in Paris. This is a world I can’t resist being attracted to – the ideas that people come up with intrigue me. My own first business was importing furniture created by design school graduates in Paris and selling it in London galleries – I used to transport the furniture myself across the Channel in a transit van. That business didn’t flourish but it started my lifelong curiosity about the different businesses people set up and how they make them work. I’m especially interested in discovering what people are doing online so that they can be location-independent – real businesses that use the internet to propel them that have changed their owners’ lives.
After the furniture business I ran a web design business for many years, and that’s how I got into teaching people to build their own website – I saw that there was a huge need to demystify the whole area, given that it’s now obligatory for anyone with any kind of public profile or embarking on any sort of project to have an online presence, and people tend to be baffled as to how to go about it. For several years I ran website building workshops for individuals and small business owners in London and Paris in an attempt to address this need, and now I’m developing an online course.
Other passions include art – I try to go to all the exhibitions I can in both Paris and London – and cookery – I particularly like cooking with all kinds of different spices – and you’ll find me blogging about these topics from time to time; I also love going for very long rambles in the forest in the French countryside. I’m a regular contributor to Inspirelle, an online magazine for women in Paris, that features all kinds of articles from business to food to lifestyle, to what’s on (see here for my interview). You can hear an interview with me on Caroline Dowd Higgins’s podcast series “Your Working Life” if you want to hear more about my ideas about internet business, and there’s a recent article about me on Mama Loves Paris by my friend Claudette Parry Laws.
I’ve lived in Paris for over twenty years (right in the centre, by Notre Dame) although I’m originally from London and I return there regularly. I have an eight year old son, and a cavalier King Charles spaniel (who, if you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know is the best assistant of all time).
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