Achieving Happiness

A while ago, my step-father looked at my husband and I with an envious eye and pronounced the words that still resonate in my mind: “Guys, I like you, but let’s be honest; you have nothing. Literally nothing. Always broke, always starving, always on the verge of bankruptcy. Yet, you are happy. Profoundly content with […]

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Let’s See Where Our Musical Interludes Take Us, Shall We?

Music is Life. Without music, I wouldn’t be alive anymore. I know; that sounds a bit dramatic. (Un)fortunately, it’s both dramatic and true. Yes, music saved my life. Music is my safe haven. Even until this day, actually: whether it’s by playing the piano, or the viola, or taking opera singing lessons, and soon adding […]

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How to Slay Emotional Vampires… and Embrace 2023!

There it is. A new year. Yay. After everything that happened in the world during 2020, 2021, and 2022 (I still can’t believe it’s been THIS long…), let’s be honest; when the clock struck twelve, I looked weirdly like this: Joking aside, the transition from a year to the following, often synonym of reflection, is […]

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Porcelaine Cover Reveal Party

This month, something AMAZING happened… To celebrate my upcoming debut novel, Porcelaine, my wonderful husband surprised me by holding a Horror themed Cover Reveal Party! I still can’t believe how great and emotional it was… Some of our closest friends and family members attended and… boy! Did I cry! Sure, we’re French, so throwing parties […]

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Writing a Horror Novel: Expectations vs Reality

I sometimes get the one question that amuses me the most: – Hey! Agnès, tell me, how is it to be a horror writer? – You mean, a fiction writer? – Nuh-uh! I mean a HORROR writer! – Well, like any other writer, no matter the genre, I work a lot, stress about deadlines, have […]

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Heartbroken

Last week has been one of the hardest moments of my life: my family and I lost our little Didi. Didi was my parents’ mini schnauzer and my furry baby sister, and she passed away on her 14th birthday. We were, we still are heartbroken. Didi taught us so much of patience, and kindness, and […]

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Hygiene and the Assassin, by Amélie Nothomb

Sweep the bookcase that surrounds my Victorian living room with your eyes and then, you know. J’aime Amélie Nothomb. Her dark, charismatic characters, whom I always imagine brown-haired, pale, taciturn. Her mysterious landscapes where children meet to die; her winding streets that wind through my imagination; her murderous dialogues, revealing human monstrosity. In truth, I […]

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Some Resolutions to Support my Writing Career

As is well known to all, a new year is synonymous with “resolutions”; according to tradition, I like to write them, and I also like to break them…!   So, here is the list of the 5 resolutions that I aspire to follow this year: 1. Update my Instagram page every day for a year […]

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Le Manoir Opens its Doors!

What a joy to be able to tell you that one of my dearest dreams has come true: I launched my own discussion forum! Le Manoir’s true purpose The avowed goal was to create a peaceful place in which it’d be possible for us to meet and discuss literature, arts, science, video games, in short […]

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10 Weird Facts About Me

What a funny week! My husband is celebrating his 26th birthday today (yay!) and we spent last night chatting about the reasons we fell in love with each other. I suddenly understood this basic truth: we love people for their qualities but we adore them for their flaws (and my husband’s tolerance threshold is breaking […]

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NaNoWriMo 2021

No room for hesitation, Monday November 1, 2021, when the NaNoWriMo has opened its doors! If you’re not familiar with this acronym that has become famous on social media, the National Novel Writing Month is actually a month-long writing marathon in which participants jump headlong into the writing a novel of at least 50,000 words. […]

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Being Agnès Maelström

An idea for a post appeared to me while watching Being John Malkovich by Spike Jonze. The director’s first feature film, the movie was released in 1999 and, with the full weight of my ten years, I still remember my emotion while leaving the dark room. John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, and Catherine Keener played opposite […]

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My Commitments: The Quill in the Service of the Victims

The committed writer knows that words are action. He knows that to reveal is to change and one can reveal only by planning to change. He has given up the impossible dream of giving an impartial picture of Society and the human condition. Jean-Paul Sartre, Qu’est-ce que la littérature ?   Due to my personal […]

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