Georges Simenon is on a stopover in Paris on the occasion of the release of all of his works by publisher Rencontres and for the release of his latest novel, The Cat. After talking about the plot of this latest novel, he explains that for him, writing remains a vocation, but that he's never satisfied with himself. In conclusion, he admits that he always feels a genuine need to write to feel like he's in his characters' shoes.
When he was 17 years old, Georges Simenon (1903-1989) wrote Au Pont des Arches, the first of his 200 novels. At that time, he was forced to abandon his studies because of his father's illness so he became a reporter of short news items at La Gazette de Liège, a conservative newspaper where his penchant for police investigations developed. In 1922, he decided to live like a bohemian in Paris, publishing, under various pen names, soap opera novels at a frantic rate, which earned him the nickname "feuilletoniste-vapeur" (steam-powered soap opera writer). From 1928 on, he travelled on a barge through France then went to Africa and Asia as a reporter. In 1932, he finally settled in the La Rochelle region, which was the subject of several of his novels.
In 1930, it was in the Détectives magazine series that superintendent Maigret appeared, who was the main character of a first novel the following year: The Case of Peter the Lett. 18 others followed before the character retired for the first time in 1934.
After the war - where his passive attitude was the cause of suspicion around him - he moved to California, until his definitive return to Europe in 1955. During this time, in 1945, he signed a contract with the Presses de la Cité publishing house to continue his successful series with new novels that still have the Maigret name in the title, up until Maigret and Monsieur Charles, his last novel in 1972. Affected by his daughter Marie-Jo's suicide, his only activity was dictating his memoirs, which were published in twenty volumes.