We are so excited to host NY Times bestselling author Eloisa James today. One of our favorite historical romance authors as well as one of our favorite people, Eloisa is here today to talk about her wonderful new book, Paris in Love. A series of brief vignettes interspersed with essays, Paris in Love chronicles the year Eloisa, her husband and their two children ran away from home to live in Paris. Andrea loved it (read her review here), Buffie loved it and I loved it. Haven't read it yet? What are you waiting for?
Yesterday I played hooky.
It was a weekday, which means that Professor Bly is supposed to be in Professor Bly’s office at Fordham University—and if not there, at home in Eloisa James’s office. I had papers to grade, a 200 page dissertation to read, three blogs to write (including this one), an essay overdue to a national newspaper, a column upcoming for the B&N Review, and the sequel to Lady Most Likely waiting to be rewritten.
So what did I do? I had a manicure and a pedicure, splurging on fancy polish that was baked on my nails. Then I bought an ice cream cone and ate it while wandering down Broadway. After a while, I drifted home, went to bed, and napped for two hours. Finally, since my family was out all evening, I ordered take-out and watched three episodes of Top Chef Desserts in a row. I even shed a tear for a chef who sobbed as she packed her knives. It was bliss.
This week I’ve been talking to reporters about Paris in Love. They want to know what restaurant I liked best, what museum shouldn’t be missed, and what single item of clothing every Parisian woman owns. Here’s the one question I think they should ask: What did you learn?
Paris in Love is the story of the year we ran away from home. The year we sold our house and cars, rented an apartment on the Internet, uprooted the kids, and just took off. What did I learn? I learned that the world doesn’t stop turning if you take a day off. And that wasted time is often the happiest time of all.
So tell me your version of wasting time—and most importantly, how long has it been since you did it?