I am not easily impressed these days. Then along comes S.J. Francis and makes me hang on every insightful word she says. Her words of wisdom really touched me. I hope if you are a writer or want to be, you’ll read this interview, top to bottom. There are pre-buy links of course, but also a chance to win her new novel, Shattered Lies. So let’s get to it.
moment in your life did you know you wanted to be a writer?
mine how many story ideas I had in my head and what I should do with them. Except
for book reports and school papers that I loved writing, I had no idea what to
do with them. She suggested I begin writing them down and sending them out for
publication. At that time I didn’t consider myself a fan of writing, though, I
always had a gift for doing so. I thrived on it. After a few seconds, I
realized she was right. I had to write. That was when I decided I was a writer.
and when do you write?
and I do use it. However, I don’t necessarily need my office to write in. I
write everywhere and anywhere every chance I get. Whether I’m in the shower or
walking the dogs, I’m always writing something in my head. Later, I write it
down in longhand, put it on my word processor or onto my laptop.
you have any special routines you MUST do as you write?
write, which isn’t always easy when life gets in the way. Then, I need some
kind of background noise to keep me writing. I watch TV or listen to music,
usually music that somehow feels like the piece I am writing about. This might
distract other writers, but for me it keeps the ideas flowing. In fact, I don’t
think I’d be able to write without this background accompaniment.
did you choose this genre to write the stories you tell?
chose me. I’ve actually written more than a dozen novels over the last several
years, but Shattered Lies, a women’s fiction/mainstream/family saga is the
first one I actively sought to publish. All my novels seem to fall into this
genre and they all share the same dynamic: Families, families with secrets and
lies. Not necessarily conventional families, but all families.
want to know. I write both and what I care about. I care about people, people
in families, and families with secrets and lies. Hence, my genre chose me.
do you see yourself as a writer in twenty years?
other questions, Tierney, were quite easy. Twenty years from now…I think I’d l
like to see myself as a better, more accomplished writer. I’d like to have
touched someone and hope that something I wrote somehow made someone think,
perhaps act on someone else’s behalf, especially a harmless, innocent animal,
or kept a writer writing. My goal is to write twenty novels and donating part
of my proceeds from each book to a cause that is close to my heart. That is
where I’d like to see myself.
book’s sales to the Polycystic Kidney Foundation in order to help the fight
against this insidious disease that strikes both children and adults.
Polycystic Kidney disease causes kidney failure in a great many patients and
plays a role in Shattered Lies. For more information about this insidious
many, but just one, I’d have to say The Grapes of Wrath. Yes, a film about a
Star: Spencer Tracy.
many to name, but off the cuff: Jackie Collins and Heather Neff,
Destination: Easy. Europe, especially London. Yes, I’m
a born Anglophile.
Historical Person: can I pick two? Julius Caesar and
Boadicea. Two strong people that did
a great deal for their people.
favorite restaurant has to be El Pollo Loco. They provide healthy fast food,
though I no longer eat meat.
City: New York City, the Big Apple, of course.
have to say summer. I thrive on the sunshine, warmth, greenery, and abundant
does your family think of your passion for writing?
without reservations. As I said, my
spouse set up for me a home office. We also have a home library for all the
books I read and use for research. My spouse is also my number one fan and Beta
has been the biggest influence on your writing?
on my writing, including the guest authors I’ve hosted on my writing blog, but
the biggest influences was the late great Jackie Collins, romance author Leigh
Michaels, and Multi-Published author Heather Neff. They’re all distinctly
different in their writing styles, but all are great writers that inspired me.
your book was made into a movie who would play the leads?
have to say that Kate Beckinsale would do a great job portraying Doctor Kate
Thayer. In the role of her formidable grandmother, Katherine, I see the
talented actress, Joan Collins and no one else.
be better left alone…
running the family horse farm—until she uncovers an act of unimaginable
treachery by those she trusted most and learns that everything she knew about
herself was a lie. Her paternal grandmother, the woman who raised her, is
behind a number of devastating secrets Kate is compelled to discover. But the
deeper she digs, the more betrayal she finds, changing her life in ways she
could have never foreseen.
I’m offering a giveaway for someone to win a printed copy. To all those who leave
a comment here today, or those that contact me at my website, you will
automatically be entered into a drawing to win a personally autographed copy of
my debut novel, Shattered Lies. Two copies are available giving two of you a
chance to win.
website and drop me a line with “Giveaway” in subject line at: http://www.sjfranciswriter.com
by. It was my pleasure to spend time with you. Thank you so much, Tierney for
hosting me. It’s always my pleasure to connect with other authors and readers.
end of my blog tour on Saturday, December 12, 2015. I will contact the winner
at that time to request your mailing address to send you the printed copy of