When AZF exploded, R.W. Wallace was taking a nap in her studio on campus. The shaking of the ground woke her up, but after a quick check out the window (the red mushroom-shaped cloud wasn't visible yet), she decided she must have dreamed it and went back to sleep. Her only excitement of the day was managing a call to her parents back in Norway to let them know she was okay before they learned about the explosion on the evening news.
It's not much of a story. So she made up The Red Brick Haze instead.
R.W. Wallace grew up in Norway, but has lived half her life in Toulouse, a city in Southwestern France. Since she has always found books more enjoyable in English, that is the language she chooses to write in. R.W. Wallace is fascinated with Toulouse and its history, making it the natural setting and inspiration for her stories.
She divides her time between a busy city life in Toulouse and a laid-back country home at the foot of the Pyrenees with her better half, and two miniature versions of herself.