About the Author

Keith Van Sickle grew up in Alameda, California, the son of public school teachers. He got his first taste of overseas life while spending a college term in England and later backpacked around the world for six months.

Grateful for the scholarships that helped him pay for college, in 1987 he started a foundation that helps students from Alameda pursue a college education.

Keith and his wife Val fell in love with Europe during a five-year expat assignment in Switzerland, where they lived in a village with more cows than people. After returning to the US, Keith helped start a company whose product was so geeky that he still doesn’t quite understand it.

Keith and Val dreamed of living abroad again but were unable to find another expat gig. So they decided to invent their own. Now they and their trusty dog split time between Silicon Valley and Provence, delving ever deeper into what makes France so endlessly fascinating.


I’ve had the pleasure of being interviewed about Val’s and my life in Provence, as well as about my book. Here are links to some of the interviews.

Perfectly Provence was interested in our life in Provence and what Provence means to us.

The great author Patricia Sands asked about both life in Provence and how I came to write my first book.

AngloInfo featured Val and me in Meet the Expats, asking what it’s like to be Americans living in France.

A French Collection asked “five top French bloggers” to describe why we love France.

The French Village Diaries interviewed me as part of their weekly France et Moi feature, asking funny questions like, “What kind of French cheese are you?”

This KDOW radio interview was about about how Val and I came to move to Provence (there’s also a video)

During this interview with My French Life, I was asked questions like, “Are you a different person in France than in the US?”

NFReads.com (motto: “Interesting articles. Inspiring stories”) asked about both life in Provence and my process for writing my books.