The Good Life France Writers

Written by on November 15, 2013 in Our Writers

The Good Life FranceOur writers are a mix of journalists, authors and passionate bloggers. Many are expats who live in France and love to share their knowledge and expertise with others. Some  have written books about France – guides, history, culture, cookery and more and others are experts in the practical daily life issues of France.

All of our writers have one thing in common: they are Francophiles and write to entertain, inform and sometimes – to surprise!

Editorial Team:

Janine Marsh is editor of The Good Life France website and The Good Life France Magazine. She lives in the north of France with an assortment of animals who do their best to disturb her while she is trying to write a book about her life (and them). She’s an award winning member of the British Guild of Travel Writers who spends most of her time exploring France from one end to the other.

Lucy Pitts is Deputy Editor of The Good Life France magazine. She was a barrister in London who chucked in the legal towel for a better quality of life. A brilliant copywriter, intrepid traveller and instinctive adventurer who can, and has driven, a busload of journalists over a narrow bridge in the middle of nowhere France when no one else would. She lives in the UK and spends as much time as possible at her holiday home in the Vendée.

Our Regular writers

Barbara Pasquet James is a U.S. lifestyle editor, speaker, and urban explorer who writes about food fashion and culture, from Paris. She is known for helping launch, write and edit USA Today’s City Guide To Paris and can be contacted via her photo blog

Judi Castille is a photographer and entrepreneur who lives in south west France and blogs about her life at A French Life

Colette O’Connor is a writer from California. Her stories have appeared in numerous dailies & magazines. She teaches writing at California State University, but keeps a bag ever packed for Paris, and tries to hold on to all the oh-la-la of it she loves.

Michael Cranmer is an award-winning freelance travel writer and photographer. He spends most of the winter up mountains writing about, his primary passion – skiing – but also manages to sample less strenuous outings.

Karen Booth-Burns is our regular queen of French cuisine. A freelance food and travel writer, recipe developer and food stylist with a passion for local, seasonal ingredients. She has an award winning blog and runs a seasonal cookery school in SW France. See her delicious creations at:

Peter Jones is our regular columnist. A writer and photographer with a French mother and a Welsh father, he brings a fresh insight to the world of travel writing. He lives in Oxfordshire, UK where he has a travel show on the radio and is a freelance writer for newspapers and magazines. Find him at

Margo Lestz lives in Nice, France where she likes to bask in the sunshine, study the French language and write. Margo says “Life is never boring and I learn something new every day… and there are always surprises”. Margo blogs at and is the author of Curious Histories of Nice, France and French Holidays and Traditions.

Bob Lyons, regular writer is a total Francophile, an ex-pilot who spends his time discovering new parts of France to love and write about.

Dr Terry Marsh is a regular contributor to The Good Life France. He has written extensively for magazines and produced guidebooks for walkers to the French Pyrenees and the French Alps. He runs the France travel website – and

Rupert Parker is a writer, photographer, cameraman & TV Producer. His special interests are food & travel & he writes about everything from wilderness adventure to gourmet spa tours. His articles appear not only in national newspapers & magazines, but also on global websites & appeal to young & old alike. Read about his latest adventures on his website Planet Appetite & follow him on Twitter @planetappetite.

Justine Halifax is a multi award-winning writer has worked as a journalist and feature writer for 20 years . She writes for the Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post and Sunday Mercury both in print and online. Recent journalism awards include winning Midlands Feature Writer of the Year 2014.

Linda Mathieu is a native Texan who lives in France with her French husband. She was a Paris Tour Guide and is the author of Secrets of a Paris Tour Guide (available on  Amazon). She spends her days travelling in France and having fun!

J.Christina is the blogger behind Blogging from the Midwest, J. Christina, and her husband, Mr. Christie, share their European trips so others can travel vicariously through their scribbles and images.

Occasional Writers

Jane Gifford is an award winning British author, photographer and journalist specialising in travel, garden, wildlife and environmental issues. She has written and been photographer for several books and her articles have appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines. Find her at

Eric Stillwell is guest writer from Burbank, California. He is well known to Trekkies around the world for his work on Star Trek: The Next Generation. He currently works for the Walt Disney Company. He and his wife Debra love to travel and dream of living in France….

Philip Sweeney has written and broadcast on culture and travel in the French-speaking world for three decades, for the Independent, the Telegraph, BBC Radios 3 and 4, and many other media. He is working on books on the French and Algeria and on Cuba seen through its food.

Liza Perrat grew up in Wollongong, Australia. She now lives in France with her French husband whom she met on a bus in Bangkok. She is the author of Spirit of Lost Angels and Wolfsangel and has won several awards for her short stories. Her articles about French culture and traditions have been published in many magazines.

Gai Reid  is a writer and television producer in Australia who says her strong and inexplicable connection to France has generated many moments of bliss and hundreds of stories. She has written a book called “Postcards from France”.  Find out more at

Roger St Pierre is a member of the British Guild of Travel Writers, an award-winning writer and author of more than 30 books who has visited every one of France’s 94 metropolitan departments as a cyclist, journalist, author and Francophile. Roger has been writing for 57 years and is to this day still discovering new things to love and write about France.

Patricia Sands says her heart remains in the south of France no matter where else she may be. Her 2013 novel, The Promise of Provence, has spawned the Love In Provence series, her loveletter to France. She writes about and shares her photography of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur regularly at

LM Archer FWS works is a freelance writer and wine professional. She holds designations in French Wine and Bourgogne Master-Level through the French Wine Society. She is also a member of the Society of Wine Educators, Alliance Française de Seattle, and blogs at

Jill Barth is an American writer with an expert knowledge of and love of French wine. Join her at L’occasion:

We also have lots of guest writers as well as sponsored posts that we endorse because we feel the content is informative, helpful or entertaining for our readers.

We love to have guest posts about France and if you are interested in writing for us please drop us a line at editor(at)

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I am a writer and Francophile with one foot in France and one foot in the UK. In 2012 I set up The Good Life France website to keep in touch with family and friends from France, but it rapidly became a website for everyone. From less than 500 visitors in its first month to 60,000 […]

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