Mary Lou Longworth, a Canadian novelist in Provence
Residing in France since 1997, and more specially in Aix-en-Provence, Mary Lou Longworth left Santa Cruz, in California, where she had lived with her family for ten years, to live the French life.
From editor to novelist
Editor of articles on the region for newspapers and websites (Washington Post between others), Mary Lou decided to enlarge her professional career, adding to writing article writing fiction.
Being another way to enjoy France and Aix, the creation of her novels helps Mary Lou to link her own experiences with the ones of her characters.
« I began having conversations in my head and realized that if I wrote fiction then my characters could live in, and experience,
Hello Mary Lou, and so many thanks for meeting with us in UzEssentiel,
We have discovered your books some time ago. Could you tell us how you started your fictional writing ?
I was tired of freelancing, so thought I’d try writing a novel. I was inspired by Aix, and its small town charm, and thought it very suitable for a light mystery, like Morse in
« » - Publisher's Weekly
«The mystery came out of the drawer, I changed most of it, then did many many rewrites, found a literary agent in
THE VANISHING MUSEUM on the RUE MISTRAL
« A breezy, charming, and perfectly escapist mystery set in the heart of sun- and wine-soaked Aix-en-Provence--where murder investigations are always put on hold for lunch and the only thing more sweeping than the story is the Mediterranean coastline »
On March 1st 2022, the characters of your books came alive on BritBox (watch the trailer), staring the well-known actors Roger Allam as Antoine Verlaque and Nancy Carroll as Martine Bonnet. That’s great news ! Could you tell us more on how your novels turned into this tv serie MURDER in PROVENCE soon to become a success, starting with the 3 episodes of this 1 season ?
The options for my first three books were purchased by Alison Owen and Debra Hayward of Monumental Television in London, in 1997. About a year ago, my agent called me to tell me the good news that they had found funding, and a broadcaster, BritBox with ITV. I was thrilled ! And when they told me, a few months later, who was in the cast, I fell off my kitchen chair.
The episodes are based on my first three books, beginning with book 2, then 1, then 3. I think it’s fantastic.
Many thanks to Mary Lou Longworth for her collaboration to this article
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