Laura Bradbury


In November 2013 Laura Bradbury self-published My Grape Escape - the first book of The Grape Series - one book for each of the properties Laura and her husband renovated in Burgundy, France. My Grape Escape hit #1 on the “France” chart almost immediately, as well as placing in the top 5 of the “Travel-Europe” category and in the top 100 “Memoirs.”

Laura is currently editing My Grape Village about moving back to Burgundy with her two eldest daughters in tow to renovate a dilapidated cottage just behind Franck's childhood home in the village of Villers-la-Faye.

t the moment Laura, her french husband Franck, and their three franco-Canadian daughters share their time between Victoria, Canada and Burgundy, France where they own and manage four vacation rentals in the vineyards, including a 16th century restored winemaker's cottage and a 13th century wine cellar under the streets of Beaune (

Laura is a holder of a BA from McGill University, a "License" from the Sorbonne in medieval French literature, and a law degree from Oxford (which she never used, much to the horror of her parents). She published several articles about French wine and culture in glossy magazines before being distracted for a good decade by motherhood. Laura has no spare time, but she does neglect her children and husband on a regular basis in order to write, paint, read, and enjoy a strong espresso with a square of dark chocolate.

SiWC Workshops

Friday 3:30pm

In this interactive workshop Laura Bradbury, self-published Amazon bestselling author of My Grape Escape and the soon-to-be-released My Grape Village, explores why self-publishing is the perfect option for her and why it may also be the ideal choice for your writing career. She will lead participants through a series of questions and discussions on topics such as - How prolific are you? Do you get fired up about being an entrepreneur? Do you have access to a market for your book or can you create one? Are there reasons why traditional publishing may not be a good fit for your writing? Can impatience become your new best friend (hint- yes it can!)? Laura will share all the tips she has learned on her own self-publishing journey and show you how and why self-publishing may be both a lucrative and well-suited solution for you and your manuscript(s). This workshop is suitable for beginners, experienced writers, and everyone in between.