The Queen's Coiffeur (Author Interview)

The Queen’s Coiffeur looks like a great historical fiction book.  Can you tell us a little about it?

Marie Antoinette has remained atop the popular cultural landscape for centuries for the daring in style and fashion that she brought to 18th century France. For the better part of the queen's reign, one man was entrusted with the sole responsibility of ensuring that her coiffure was at its most ostentatious best. Who was this minister of fashion who wielded such tremendous influence over the queen's affairs?

The Queen’s Coiffeur is the story of Leonard Autié, the role he played in the life of his most famous client, and the chaotic and history-making world in which he rose to prominence.


Any plans to turn it into a series?

The novel is adapted from my screenplay, The Queen’s Coiffeur, which is currently being considered for a film. A series is not yet in the works.


What inspired the idea for your book?

When studying in France, I became interested in French history and discovered that Leonard was Queen Marie Antoinette’s hairdresser. When I came across a lock of her hair in the Carnavalet Museum in Paris, I started researching his life and, voilà, I soon had material for a novel.


How did you come up with the title for your book?

“Coiffeur” is hairdresser in French. So, when I combined the words, hairdresser and queen, I automatically thought of the over-the-top poufs of the last Queen of France.


How did you come up with the story and ideas in The Queen’s Coiffeur?

Although the authenticity of Leonard’s memoires is disputed, I was able to piece together a timeline of his adventures by referencing other works and historical events of the time period.


What do you like to do when not writing?

Living in Sitges, Spain, I enjoy the sea, the sunshine, and traveling in Europe.


Where can readers find out more about your work?

On my author page on Amazon and my website at