Winter Blogfest: My Setting – Lovely Paris by Katherine McDermott

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My Setting – Lovely Paris

I had no idea when I chose Paris as the setting for my suspense romance Hiding that I would be watching in horror as terrorist attacked that lovely, romantic city three months after the book’s release. While it is true that the City of Light has struggled many times in the past from the French Revolution to WWI and II, Paris has built a world reputation on the appreciation of beauty. Her painters, her sculptors, her ballet, and her opera house have brought grace and culture to the world.

One of my favorite musicals is Les Mis, and in some ways my novel Hiding has similarities: an obsessive admirer who drags the heroine into the underworld of the catacombs and a brave hero who is willing to risk his life to save her. But there are differences too. Victor Hugo’s heroine, Christine, is known for her lovely voice while my heroine, Teresa, is known for her talent with a paintbrush.

Throughout the story there are descriptions of the Rodin Museum, the paintings of the Impressionists, and a visit to Monet’s home in Giverny where his enchanting paintings of the water lilies were created. The Eiffel Tower with its glowing lights is a symbol of hope and freedom – freedom that Teresa is so desperately seeking as she leaves an abusive boyfriend behind in America and tries to start a new life. Unfortunately, he tracks her down and seeks revenge that endangers not only Teresa but her new found friends.

To see Paris now in mourning on the news as I write this, saddens me for when I was there, it seemed carefree, romantic, and lovely. By day a free-spirited crowd of rollerblades traveled the streets as artists sold their paintings along the boulevard, and by night, couples danced outside the cafes along the Seine.

Hiding_w9495_750Teresa Worthington escapes her abusive boyfriend, Alex, and flees to Paris to pursue a dream career in art. Alone and wary of men, she gradually makes friends and explores her new home. She is distraught to learn that Alex is still stalking her but is determined to create the life she had always wanted. Handsome, compassionate, and brave, Serge Gervais, a young Frenchman, slowly wins her trust. He shows her the sights of France and promises to protest her from Alex. Teresa finds herself falling in love for the first time until the unspeakable happens. Alex tracks her down and forces her into the catacombs beneath the city. Will Serge find Teresa in time to prevent Alex’s vengeance?

About the Author:Katherine McDermott has worked as an English teacher, guidance counselor, and freelance author. In her spare time, like Teresa in HIDING, she likes to paint with acrylics. She received the Excellence in Christian Writing Award from the Blue Ridge Writers Conference and the Daphne du Maurier Award for her suspense novel Hiding. She has written both fiction and non-fiction for magazines and newspapers and authored two plays.

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  1. Salisa Waheed says:

    I like the cover. Simple but totally portrays paris. Hiding reminds me of a book i read a long time ago. But there is a lot of differences between that book and this one.

  2. Your book sounds very good, looking forward to reading it, love the cover, it really draws my eye.

  3. Linda Romer says:

    Hiding sounds like an exciting read ♡ I would enjoy this book. Thank you

  4. kim amundsen says:

    Sounds like a good read.

  5. nice cover

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