The Heroine’s Journey of Christine Francois Kirsch

What is the best thing that I love about my work? The time before, during and after writing : writing is in my mind all the time in my life, even when Im not with my computer or a notebook. I love to bring with me, in my head, my characters ! And sharing, with people who read me, their opinion and feelings about my stories.

What is my idea of perfect happiness? To feel the connection with people I love or I fall in love or in friendship.

What is my greatest fear? A serious sickness or death of my daughter. Im so terrified about this idea that I cant read books about parents who have suffered this tragedy.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? I feel better about that now but during long years I was too involved in the way of people judged and saw me. I think I lost time, even if I think each moment, each problem helps to grow.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? I admire all people who do something, who try, as professional or amateur. I admire a writer, a photographer, a gardener, a fleurist, a painter, each person who is so brave to show and share his creative work.

What is my greatest extravagance? Probably when Im able to say to some people, ladies and gentlemen, how I feel them attractive (love, sex or friendship) to me.
On what occasion would I lie? When I think its not useful to tell truth. I think we have to choose our fights. So sometimes I dont tell truth to keep peace, or not to hurt someone who is not ready to heard some truthSometimes its not the right time et its better to wait for.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? The fact that being a writer in France doesnt pay enough. I have too work in a alimentay job and my personal time to write, think, meet people, try experiences is reduced.
When and where was I the happiest, in my work? The first day I decided that writing stories and found time and courage to do it for the rest of my life ! I was with a good friend of mine, in a bar in Marseille, Le Bar de la Marine. It was a Friday night, four years ago. I chose at this moment my true way.
If I could, what would I change about myself? Id like to be less cerebral. I think I lost time because of my brain ! And I have to admit sometimes Im not up.
What is my greatest achievement in work? Fullness and serenity. And share with other people feelings, opinions, pleasure, emotions.
Where would I most like to live? In a city that doesnt sleep ! Id love to live in NYC, especially in Brooklyn. I have the fantasy of going down from my flat and take an espresso before writing in a smart place or at home. But Id like too to live near sea or ocean, for example in Key West or near la Dune du Pyla next to Arcachon (France).
What is my most treasured possession? My own life ! And my energy.
What is my most marked characteristic? Being someone with a strong, a whole character.
What is my most inspirational location, in my city? In my personal office at home. Or in a bar in front of the old harbour (Vieux-Port) in Marseille. And next to my future place, just in front of sea and harbour.
What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? I love eating and drinking in beautiful bars in luxury hotels. But I like too having just a pizza with a glass of wine, feet in the sand at the beach !
What books influenced my life and how? I feel changed after reading about people who lived a passion. Especially women who choose their own life even if other people critized their choice. The last book I felt so emotional was « Arrête avec tes mensonges », from Philippe Besson. I was crying at the end and I felt asleep with tears.
Who are my favorite writers? Virginie Despentes, Douglas Kennedy, Colette, Françoise Sagan, Joël Dicker, Georges Simenon, Ernest Hemingway, Michel Houellebecq, Marc Dugain, Stieg Larsson, Marguerite Duras, Paul Auster, Delphine de Vigan
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? Saint-Germain, Tourist. Its the song I have been sharing with my husband since the beginning of our love story.
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? In fiction, I admire one character, who is in a prehistoric saga, « Les enfants de le terre », from Jean M. Auel. Ayla probably is the first feminist character! She is a young girl and lady who have to fight to stay alive but she is still brave against mens or animals.
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? In real life, I admire people who made choices and who have their own opinion, even if its complicated. Even if they made mistakes. Even if they sometimes lie. People who choose their own road. Like Françoise Giroud for example. People who stay nice and sweet in fight.
Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? « Thelma et Louise » : because its about freedom or the idea of freedom. Its still very actual.
« Out of Africa »: because its the story of freedom pour ladies and for gentlemen!
What role plays art in my life and work? I always listen music: when I work, when I write, when Im cooking, when I make love, when I drive, when I do sport. I love having many and many books to read. I need to follow life of characters in series. Photography and painting and sculpture help me too. I think human beings need to be confronted of beauty to become better and better.
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? My husband, my friends, my daughter and my cat.
Whom would I like to work with in 2018? My dream is to be contacted by an actress like Juliette Binoche or a scenarist: « Wed like to make a movie with your story ». I dream of this kind of message!
Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2018? I feel very shy to meet people I admire in literature. But Id like to meet Virginie Despentes. Many and many questions to ask!
What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on? Honestly I dont want to have dating challenges. I just want to write, finish my book Im writing now, meet people about the last one « Une illusion parfaite », and keep on going the other ideas I have.
Where can you see me or my work in 2018? You can discover my job, and espiaccly my novel « Une illusion parfaite » on :


Which is my Amazon page.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?

Orianne O., photographer

Geraldine Dalban-Moreynas, designer

And a third one if you agree: Malika Mokadem, photographer

How can you contact me?

Instagram: cfkchristinebooks

Twitter: @cfkmarseille

Here follows a message of Peter de Kuster, founder of The Heroine’s Journey 

The Heroine’s Journey Membership

Become a Friend of The Heroine’s Journey 


We’re sometimes not too sure how we get into good friendships. It seems to happen rather mysteriously: we talk of somewhat randomly ‘clicking’ with people. Trying to plan for it sounds like cheating. But in a busy world, the desire to socialise authentically, with interesting, like-minded people, deserves to be addressed directly.

That’s why we created The Heroine’s Journey Friends scheme. Membership gives you the right to invite creative professionals to publish their story for free on The Heroine’sJourney online. Each story made possible by you is anchored around the big idea that when we our quest let’s us travel from a person who interests us to another person who interest them and exchange stories we learn more about ourselves, meet people who can make a difference for you and have more impact in the world with telling our story.  Every month, in your own city or somewhere in the world you can invite creative professionals you like to tell their story for the Heroine’s Journey website.

If you have passion for your work, you will find kindred spirits in this way of travelling.  The stories you will see of creative professionals you have invited for The Heroine’s Journey are guaranteed to be stimulating and reassuring – as well as prompts to genuine connection and insight. Every creative professional you bring forward to have their story free published on The Heroine’s Journey online, you will be offering a great experience to everyone you meet.

We have two memberships programs  I and II

The Heroine’s Journey Membership I  Programme Includes

  • The right to offer 30 creative professionals of your choice each year to tell their story with The Heroine’s Journey questionnaire as free publicity.  The stories are published on the Heroine’s Journey online. Every professional published knows you are the one who made this available for them.
  • The right to update your own story at The Heroine’s Journey – questionnaire and picture – two times each year to keep up with your new events, shows, books, performances, videos.
  • 10% discount on all The Heroine’s Journey seminars world wide

Price is :  Euro 299 for one year 

The Heroine’s Journey Membership II  Programme Includes

  • The right to offer 50 creative professionals of your choice each year to tell their story with The Heroine’s Journey questionnaire as free publicity.  The stories are published on the Heroine’s Journey online. Every professional published knows you are the one who made this available for them.
  • The right to update your own story at The Heroine’s Journey – questionnaire and picture – four times each year to keep up with your new events, shows, books, performances, videos.
  • The right to tell your story in more detail with the Heroine’s Journey questionnaire up to six pages online and add up to ten professional pictures of yourself and your work.
  • 20% discount on all The Heroine’s Journey seminars world wide
  • free entrance to the special The Heroine’s Journey in One Day conference which is held once every quarter in 2018 (the four locations in 2018 are Paris, London, Rome, Barcelona)

Price is :  Euro 449 for one year 

The programmes last for 365 days, after which you will be asked if you’d like to renew your subscription.

You want to become a Heroine’s Journey Friend?  Mail Peter at to receive info how to make that happen.

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