Proust Questionnaire: Bobbi French

Bobbi French on living life on one's own terms

Cover FINAL.inddBobbi French was born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. She was a practicing psychiatrist working with children and adolescents until she ran away to France with her husband.

Her new book, Finding Me In France (Creative Book Publishing, 2012), chronicles her awkward, a perplexing, yet always entertaining journey of discovery and an experience of a lifetime living abroad. Bobbie also blogs about her big French adventure at www.findingmeinfrance.com.

What do you consider your best quality?

Compassion.

A quality you desire in a partner:

Above average cooking ability.

What do you appreciate most about your friends?

Unconditional support and enthusiastic cheer-leading.

Your worst quality:

Impatience.

Your favourite occupation:

Reading. Listening to music is a close second.

Finding-Me-In-France-Bobbi-French-Creative.jpgWhat is your idea of happiness?

Living a life on my own terms and answering only to myself, big things like that, but also small, everyday things—the day I know for sure that spring has arrived, starting a book and being hooked by the end of the first page, a warm cookie, all the lovely minutiae life has to offer.

Your idea of misery:

Living in a country engaged in or ravaged by war or living under an oppressive regime and, of course, having anything waxed.

If you could be someone else for a day who would it be?

Anyone who can speak fluent French.


Where you would most like to live?

Everywhere

Favourite colour:

I tend to have favourite colour combinations like charcoal grey and apple green.

Favourite animal:

I like all animals but lately I’m loving elephants. I assume it’s due to the solidarity I now feel with grey, wrinkled creatures.

Your favourite poet(s):

Pablo Neruda and Dr. Seuss.

Favourite author(s):

Carol Shields, Edith Wharton, Lisa Moore, Mary Lawson, David Sedaris, Lawrence Hill, Rohinton Mistry, too many to count.

Your favourite fictional heroes:

Elizabeth Bennet, Flavia de Luce and probably Jason Bourne on account of his plethora of passports, linguistic prowess, navigational skills and all around awesomeness.

Your real life heroes:

The architects of feminism; people who risk everything for noble causes like peace, equality and social justice, Aung San Suu Kyi springs to mind; anyone coping with mental illness; my husband.

Your favourite food & drink:

My favourite food list is too long to print and my hatred for cooking is too difficult to describe without the use of profanity, so anything made by someone else. Drink: Meursault wine.

What is your greatest fear?

The loss of basic rights and freedoms. Also that platform stilettos will stay in style forever.

A natural talent you’d like to possess:  

Songwriting and a functional sense of direction. I am perpetually lost.

How you want to die:

Fulfilled

Your present state of mind:

Open.

This article was originally published in the Spring 2012 issue of Atlantic Books Today

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Bobbi French was born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. She was a practicing psychiatrist working with children and adolescents until she ran away to France with her husband. Her book, Finding Me In France (Creative Book Publishing, 2012), chronicles her awkward, a perplexing, yet always entertaining journey of discovery and an experience of a lifetime living abroad.

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