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Penny Altmann

Gorron, France

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I live in France, in La Mayenne, with my husband and various animals, we have an old, rather draughty farmhouse in the middle of nowhere. I have five children all married with children of their own.

By profession I am a portrait artist.  But I have enjoyed writing since I was very young.  I have written three children’s books; really so I could illustrate them but hope one day to get them published. But this book seemed to write itself and so I decided now was the time to take the plunge and get it out there!

When we were in our early thirties we moved with our children to Normandie and the Chaumière was where we bought up our children. The ‘big house’ behind belonged to a family who we became firm friends with. During the occupation of France it was the headquarters of German soldiers.

The town of St. Samson is real, but the name has been changed.  Most of the shops and Le Café Du Sport are still there.  We visit there frequently as it has so many memories of years gone by.