Hey folks. My name is Samuél Lopez-Barrantes. I’m a Spanish American novelist, and I’ve been living in Paris for the past twelve years (here’s a brief literary autobiography).

This space includes an ongoing transatlantic pandemic love story, an episodic tall tale (w/audio) about sex, drugs, and bohemian life in Paris, and other essays, fiction, and literary fragments from the City of Lights.

who am I

I grew up in Chapel Hill/Durham, North Carolina and first moved to Paris in 2008, where I now pay my rent as a literary tour guide, adjunct teacher at the Sorbonne, and part-time musician (if you’d like to learn more about the virtual literary salons and literary walking tours that I run, head on over to my website). My debut novel, Slim and The Beast, was a coming-of-age story about male intimacy, the pursuit of passion, and growing up in North Carolina. I also started an indie-pop band of the same name with a friend and my twin brother.

why now?

One of the downsides of writing novels is that I’ve consistently been able to hide behind the phrase “I’m writing a novel.” After eight years spent finishing a manuscript about history, memory, and the Holocaust, I’m ready for a new kind of writing. This space is about engaging with my readers and contemporary writing in all of life’s imperfections and vulnerabilities.

should I go paid?

Only if you want to. Most of the writing on this space will always be free. My most intimate writing is for my paid subscribers, but I also believe artists should be able to make a living from their work.

In a society that defines value monetarily, I believe art remains valuable, and so I believe in paying artists for their work. And after years of experiencing the exploitative nature of the music and publishing industries, I decided to migrate to Substack, where artists retain 90% of profits, and because I believe Substack is the future of equitable publishing models.

By becoming a paid subscriber, you’ll not only gain access to my most intimate writing, but you’ll also be joining a growing community of people who believe the gatekeepers of old have wielded too much power for too long. Quite simply, this platform the artists’s work over the personality. The algorithms do not decide who is popular on Substack—the readers do—and by going paid, we’re all investing in a more authentic and equitable model that respects artists.

That being said, I know what it’s like to count coins for a coffee. If you or a loved one might be interested in my subscriber-only work but aren’t able afford the monthly or annual subscription, please reach out to me and I’ll be happy to give you a free subscription.

Thanks for being here, in any case,



Samuél Lopez-Barrantes
an American novelist in Paris writing about philosophy, life & love