A native of Los Angeles' notorious San Fernando Valley, Courtney Traub now divides her time between Paris, living near the stately Père Lachaise Cemetery, and Oxford, UK, where she is a Doctoral candidate in English.
A freelance journalist and editor for print, web and radio, Courtney enjoys aimless strolling around her favorite Paris neighborhoods, old movies on crackly screens, and the endless challenge of polishing her French.
Courtney has lived, worked, and studied in Paris for over a decade. In that time, she has come to know the ins and outs of what Paris has to offer-- and has also become familiar with the city's quirks and irritating points.
She is co-author of the 2012 Michelin Green Guide to Northern France and the Paris Region, and has reported multiple stories on French politics, arts, fashion and culture for media outlets including the Associated Press, Radio France Internationale and Condé Nast. She has also worked as a University lecturer and trade magazine reporter in Paris, and is the co-founder of a small editorial company, WordTailors, offering professional writing, translation, voiceovers and search engine optimization services to individuals and organizations.
Her firsthand knowledge of French culture and language gives her an insider's perspective of Paris-- although she does occasionally long for the ocean air and informal, 'in-with-the-new' ethos of her native California at times.
Courtney is currently pursuing a Doctorate in English and American Literature at the University of Oxford, UK. She holds a B.A. in Literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Master's in Comparative Literature from the Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris. She has also completed professional courses in video, radio journalism and new media.
By Courtney Traub:
I became a hopeless Francophile somewhere in my pre-teens. I amused-- and mildly exasperated-- my mother by carefully labeling furniture, walls, windows and refrigerators with their respective names in French.
Later, in high school French class, a dusty textbook circa 1970 showing a sepia photo of students at the Sorbonne cemented my fixation. I was determined to find a way to live in Paris one day.
Realizing that dream has been an inspiring (if it times rollercoaster-like) ride. I never stop falling in love with this city and its dizzy beauty. One thing about Paris: once it gets into you, you can never shake it off.
You can also read more about Courtney's current and past work on her Google+ profile: Courtney Traub.