Christy Swagerty


Swagerty, "Swags," grew up around Northern California, playing volleyball and basketball with her athletic family, and writing every chance she could. She attended The Master's College in Santa Clarita, California, as a volleyball player and journalism major, but sports drew Swags away to her Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education & Kinesiology with just a minor in Communication. She met her husband, Marc, through NBC Camps, and they were married in 2008 in San Diego County. They coached around California until they moved to Europe in 2011 to pursue their dreams of coaching and playing sports abroad. Swags and Marc both earned their Master of Arts degrees in Coaching & Athletic Administration from Concordia University, Irvine, in 2012.

The What Up, SWAGS?! journey began in 2011 as a way to connect with family and friends back in the USA, but rapidly turned into an inspirational resource for athletes, expats, and travelers alike. Four Years in Paris is Swags' response to when the couple decided to move on from their time in France and onto whatever adventures await them in Germany. Their eventual plan is to live in Spain.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in two small towns in Northern California. This massively influenced my writing in two ways: 1) when I didn't have a friend who could understand what I was going through, I turned to writing more to express myself; and 2) I needed desperately to get out of the small-town-attitude, and I thought writing was going to be my ticket, so I wrote more and more and more. Turns out, it has been sport that has taken me out of the small town life, and around the world! But writing is now my vehicle for communicating that journey, and that's more than I ever could have asked!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Playing and coaching volleyball or walking around somewhere in Europe!
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Where to find Christy Swagerty online


Four Years in Paris
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 26,790. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region, Nonfiction » Travel » Trip Journals
A compilation of memories in France from an evolving expat who only ever wanted to be French. Follow Christy Swagerty from 2011 to 2015 as she moved in and around the Île-de-France region while working abroad. Four Years in Paris takes you on a journey of a twenty-something American experiencing the fun and faux pas of living abroad for the first time.

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culture    expat    france    french    holiday    living abroad    paris    parisian    sports    travel