Paris-based writer Priscilla Lalisse-Jespersen, a.k.a. “Prissy”, was born and raised in Alabama. Priscilla lived in New York City and worked as an editor for computer magazines, before relocating to Paris in 1999. Once in France she taught both Corporate and General English for five years, all the while still working on various editing and writing projects. This experience of working with French businesspersons would later prove essential for her adaptation to French lifestyle and culture.
In 2005, Priscilla published her first novel, Stockdale, which takes readers into the small town life of Cassie Taylor. On 2011, Priscilla published Next of Kin, a memoir about losing her father to cancer while living thousands of miles away in France.
Priscilla has contributed to such online publications as Paris Woman Journal, Bonjour Paris, Café de la Soul and Black Entertainment Television, where her very personal articles often chronicle the French experience through American eyes. In 2007, she launched her own web magazine, Prissy Mag, which gives readers a unique view into everyday life in Paris, as told by Anglophones who live it.
In 2014, Priscilla was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of breast cancer during her first ever mammogram. She is currently undergoing treatment and has become an advocate for breast health education and living with advanced breast cancer.
She is also a freelance writer for The Washington Post’s She the People blog, which covers politics, entertainment and culture. Priscilla has often been featured in the media, including BBC London Radio, Voice of America News, Entrée to Black Paris, Black Profiles in Paris, Vingt Paris, Expat Radio, Paris Missives, Paris if you Please, My French Life and The OP Life.