My work is my passion – I love writing.
A City for Her: How do you feel today?
Hazel Manuel: I feel accomplished – I’m getting a lot done from my ‘to do’ list.
A City for Her: Where are you right now?
Hazel Manuel: I’m in front of the fireplace in the dining room of my countryside house in the Loire Valley. It’s a cosy place to work.
A City for Her: What are you drinking?
Hazel Manuel: Hot chocolate made with almond milk – delicious!
A City for Her: Where are you from?
Hazel Manuel: I’m from London, UK but I spent most of my adult life living in the wilds of North Wales – for the most part on the island of Anglesey.
A City for Her: How many languages do you speak and which ones?
Hazel Manuel: Two. English and French
A City for Her: How long have you been living in Paris?
Hazel Manuel: It will be six years in July.
A City for Her: Why Paris?
Hazel Manuel: The man I fell crazy in love with is a Parisien
A City for Her: What is your favourite place/venue in Paris?
Hazel Manuel: There are lots! I meet a lot at Café Bords de Seine at Place du Chatelêt – nice view of the conciergerie, the staff are fab and always top up my happy hour wine J . There is a great falafel place in the Marias – good for a vegetarian lunch. I like Place St Catherine and Place des Vosges in the summertime. I also love Krishna Bhavan near Gare du Nord – wonderful south Indian food and great for a hot chai on a winter’s day. My absolute favourite gallery is the Musée Rodin.
A City for Her: The last A City for Her event you have attended?
Hazel Manuel: It was a series of workshops on branding.
A City for Her: Which is your favourite city in the world?
Hazel Manuel: Kanyakumari, in southern India. It inspired my first novel which bears the same name.
A City for Her: In which city would you like to live at least once in your life?
Hazel Manuel: Somewhere in Italy.
A City for Her: Any hobbies or passions?
Hazel Manuel: My work is my passion – I love writing. I also love reading.
A City for Her: What is the last book you read?
Hazel Manuel: Garden in the Hills by Elizabeth West
A City for Her: The last movie you saw?
Hazel Manuel: Black Book
A City for Her: Why do you wake up in the morning?
Hazel Manuel: It probably has something to do with cortisol levels J but I imagine you mean what makes me get out of bed – I always have something interesting to do.
A City for Her: What is the first thing you do in the morning?
Hazel Manuel: That, I’m keeping to myself, but the second thing is Yoga 🙂
A City for Her: What do you do now?
Hazel Manuel: I write novels
A City for Her: Where will you be and what will you do in three years?
Hazel Manuel: Still in France but travelling a lot. And writing more novels 🙂
A City for Her: What do you need to achieve today?
Hazel Manuel: Not exactly today but in general – my novels to be translated and published in France.
A City for Her: What is your favourite quote?
Hazel Manuel: “Woman is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, she is responsible for everything she does.” John-Paul Sartre. (I changed the pronouns to feminine ones.)
A City for Her: What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Hazel Manuel: Always have a ‘change your life’ fund. (My mum)
A City for Her: Which woman in your life inspires you the most and why?
Hazel Manuel: The novelist Sheila Mary Taylor. She is 89 and still writing, still travelling and still photographing the sunrise every day.
A City for Her: Which woman-owned business would you recommend…
A City for Her: – in Paris?
Hazel Manuel: The Red Wheelbarrow bookshop
A City for Her: – in some other Cities in the world?
Hazel Manuel: Tranquil Nest retreat centre, Tandikudi, India