Meet The Authors in Nice - June 2019

Meet the Authors in Nice!

MTA logo 2019Saturday, June 15, 2019
3 to 5:30 p.m.

Scotch Tea House
4 avenue Suède
06000 Nice

Join us in the lovely back room of the Scotch Tea House in Nice to meet a group of local authors, discover their books and their stories. They will talk about their recent works, read a bit from them and answer your questions. You will have an opportunity to purchase their books and get signed copies! Adrian Leeds, of the Adrian Leeds Group, who is currently writing her own memoir, will emcee the event and share her own experiences.

Authors will have a few of their books for purchasing and signing, but to be sure, you may want to pre-order your copy and bring it with you for your own personal signed copy!

Participation is free (but we ask that you purchase at least one drink to show the host venue how much we appreciate their hospitality). Don’t miss this special event in Nice! No need to register in advance.

For more information, email Ella Dyer: [email protected]

 Adrian Leeds, Moderator

Adrian LeedsAdrian Leeds logoAdrian Leeds is the founder and director of the Adrian Leeds Group, based both in the U.S. and France to provide a full range of services to "Francophiles" living in North America and France: "French Property the American Way!"...a complete property consultation service including property search, purchase and sales assistance, financing, sales and marketing and development of fractional ownership properties. She speaks at conferences and seminars in both the U.S. and France on a variety of related topics to living and investing in France and hosts financial seminars and a variety of workshops. Her site provides a wealth of information for Francophiles . She is the author and editor of the Parler Paris and Parler Nice Nouvellettres® and French Property Insider. Adrian is the celebrated real estate professional on more than 35 episodes of HGTV’s House Hunters International and an episode of FYI’s Tiny House World. In addition, she hosts a monthly coffee-gathering in Paris, Après Midi, where a speaker on a different topic every month enlightens attendees from all over the world.

Ella Dyer, Organizer

Ella DyerElla Dyer bookOver the past 35 years, Ella’s varied career path has taken her from working at the Playboy Mansion to earning an MBA from The International University of Monaco. Author of Nice in Nice, she founded END Publishing to assist other authors including her oldest granddaughter, Ella Amena Marie. For more than 20 years, Ella and her husband Jody spend half their time on the Riviera where she is a member of various clubs and organizations.

Meet the Authors...

Lisa Anselmo

Lisa AnselmoMy Parttime Paris Life Lisa Anselmo is an author, speaker, and writing coach. She spent most of her professional career in magazine publishing, working on such iconic brands as Allure, Mademoiselle, InStyle, and People. After losing her mother to breast cancer in 2011, she sought hope and healing in Paris, buying a tiny apartment in the Right Bank, then in 2014, taking a huge leap of faith to leave her “day job” in New York and make a new start in her new city. Her experiences inspired her memoir, blog, and Youtube travel series, all entitled My (Part-Time) Paris Life. Lisa will be discussing her memoir, My (Part-Time) Paris Life: How Running Away Brought Me Home (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press):  Lisa Anselmo wrapped her entire life around her mother, a strong woman who was a defining force in Lisa’s life―maybe too defining. When her mother dies from breast cancer, Lisa realizes she hadn’t built a life of her own and struggles to find her purpose. Desperate for answers, she turns to her favorite city―Paris―and impulsively buys a small apartment, refusing to play it safe for the first time. What starts out as an act of survival sets Lisa on a course that reshapes her life in ways she never could have imagined. Website: My Part-Time Paris Life

Jorge Armenteros

Jorge ArmenterosThe Roar of the River Jorge Armenteros was born in Cuba, his family leaving for Madrid, Spain, then Tampa, Florida, before finally settling in Puerto Rico. After graduating from Harvard University, he acquired an MD at the University of Puerto Rico and completed his residency in psychiatry at Bellevue Hospital in New York City, later obtaining an MA in Spanish and Latin American Literature at New York University and an MFA in Creative Writing at Lesley University. Armenteros is the author of the 2015 International Latino Book Award winner The Book of I (Jaded Ibis Press), AIR (Spuyten Duyvil Press), and The Roar of the River (Spuyten Duyvil Press). His author interviews and book reviews have appeared in The Writer’s Chronicle, American Book Review, Rain Taxi, and Gargoyle. Armentero resides in the south of France. Website Jorge Armeneros

Craig Carlson

Craig CarlsonPancakes in ParisWith a background in journalism, Craig Carlson studied at the University of Southern California, where he received an MA in film production. After winning the prestigious John Huston Directing Award, Craig wrote and directed a short film, which went on to win numerous awards at film festivals. In 2003, Craig completely shifted gears and decided to open the first American diner in Paris, which is the subject of his New York Times Bestselling memoir, Pancakes in Paris. Craig's next book is Let Them Eat Pancakes. Website Craig Carlson

Mike Colquhoun

Mike ColouhounReturningOne day at the age of 13, Mike Colquhoun went into a bookshop in St Paul, Minnesota where he discovered Kafka. From there on he has enjoyed labyrinthine surreal worlds. Born in England, Mike was transplanted to the US as a child to lead a transient life. Moving around so much was in itself a surreal experience. His early life has led him to follow an unpredictable path. In his late teens, he became a mural artist in Switzerland. Returning to England he qualified as an accountant becoming a hybrid in IT & design. He continued painting, doing stand-up comedy, improvisation and cartoons. An opportunity arose to exit his career so he could pursue his interests. Writing has always been a passion. Words, often poems, are integral to his painting. His book of poetry, Lines, and his first novel, Continuum, have been published together with a compilation of his cartoons. Mike has written and directed two award winning short movies: Arlene and The Heart. Disdain, his first screenplay, has won an award. His first mid-length film, Julia, is in its final edit. Jennifer, a play which he wrote and directed, was successfully staged in Nice and will be going to London in the Fall. Moving to France was always an objective. Mike now lives and creates in Nice on the Cote d’Azur. His books are available on Amazon and through his website.

Cathie Fidler

Cathie FidlerCathie Fidler bookCathie Fidler, who lives in Nice where she was born, taught EFL at a local high school for decades, prior to embarking on a writing career. She has now published 10 books (novels, short stories, art books, an illustrated biography…) and translated into French John Boyne’s novel The Absolutist. Her first book (Histoires Floues), In Hazy Zones, has been translated into English. Cathie Fidler will be explaining how Nice (and its region) was affected by the German occupation in 1943, and how her knowledge of the period in general has led her to write the three short stories that compose the book. For those who read French, she will present the collection of short stories that compose Rêves de rencontres sur la Riviera, a book which deals with imaginary encounters between ordinary people and some of the illustrious artists that visited the area. You'll find more about Cathie at her Blog website..

Margo Lestz

Margo LestzBerets Baguettes BeyondMargo Lestz loves France and history, and nothing thrills her more than finding some little-known, or quirky bit of French history. She calls these stories"curious histories" and shares them on hery blog and in her many books. Margo was also the founder of the Meet the Authors event!



 M.D. Poole

MD PooleDogs Never LieWriting T.V. commercials in New York City, acting, teaching, and selling lingerie did not prepare M.D. Poole for life in France. Luckily, she adapted well to lolling in the sea and sun, where she continued her Cowtown Crime novel series. She's just finished the final draft of  Transatlantic, a novel due out in July. 


T.J. Reiiley

TJ ReillyLadies InvitedT.J. Reilly is a former sales and marketing executive. He has managed an American restaurant in Paris, and traveled extensively throughout Europe and the United States. He currently lives in the South of France. Ladies Invited is his first novel.




Debby Woods

Debby photoGirl Lost FoundDebby is a travel writer and longtime foodie who thrives on adventure. She currently blogs at where she chronicles her travels with tips and personal stories. Her first book, “girl lost – Found in France!” is a memoir where she recounts her journey from taking French lessons to owning an apartment in France. Debby is on the Executive Committee for the Alliance Française in Atlanta, Georgia and divides her time between Villefranche sur Mer, France and the USA. Debby Woods website.