My Interview with the talented Author Laura Frances…

Guy Lozier  “This week it is my pleasure to interview the wonderfully talented Author Laura Frances.  Laura was gracious enough to allow me to interview her today.  Laura is a very successful self published author.  Would you please introduce yourself to my readers and share something about your life.”

Laura Frances  “Thank you so much for having me! My name is Laura Frances, and I’m the author of a young adult dystopian series called Slave. I’m a wife, home-schooling mom, and part time ESL teacher in Japan.”

Guy Lozier  “Do you always write in the same genre or do you mix it up?”

Laura Frances  “At this time, I’m focused on dystopian. That’s primarily because it’s such a specific style of writing, and my brain doesn’t like to jump around. I do enjoy writing Women’s fiction, however, and have plans to write in Fantasy someday soon as well.”

Guy Lozier  “When you write, do you start with an idea and sit down and let it evolve, or do you make notes and collect ideas on paper beforehand?”

Laura Frances  “I’m what the writing world calls a pantser. I write on instinct after an idea grows in my mind. All three books of the Slave series have been written without detailed outlines. I did do a very basic outline of the third book, Remnant, but in the end deviated far from the plan. It’s a risky way to write, especially once readers are anticipating the coming sequels, but you have to find what works for you. For me, too much planning suffocates my creativity.”

Guy Lozier  “Would you like to give us a short excerpt from one of your books?”

Laura Frances  “Sure! Here are a few lines from Remnant, which will be released later this year:

“The wind gusts, howling through the trees, making the leaves quiver, a loud shushing. But beyond the tree noise and the wind is something else. It hits my ears like a deep whisper, just a quiet, faraway rumbling. My muscles go rigid, frozen and tense while we listen. Ian tilts his head, turning his ear, trying to catch it. We’re trying to catch a sound that I know will bring grief. The closer it comes, the more I feel it…”

Guy Lozier  “Who is your favorite character and why?”

Laura Frances  “I’ve always said Hannah (the MC and first-person narrator) was my favorite, because she’s so much like me. I wrote this series from a deeply personal place, after years struggling through social fear. Hannah’s reactions and thoughts, though at times irrational, are very much drawn from my own experiences. But lately, while writing the final book, I’m finding that Cash Gray, the male lead, is topping the list. There’s just something about the courage he’s had to maintain in the face of his own father’s cruelty that makes me proud…which I know sounds weird since I wrote him. It’s an author thing, I guess.”

Guy Lozier  “Which of your books gave you the most pleasure to write?”

Laura Frances  “The first book in the series was the most cathartic. But the third book, which I am currently finishing, is the most thrilling. The series is wrapping up, and so much is happening, with more action than the first two. Also my skills have improved, so I feel a bit more confident this time around.”

Guy Lozier  “What is the best marketing tip you have received?”

Laura Frances  “I asked Jeff Goins, a well-known writer/blogger/speaker for advice on how to gain momentum when I was preparing to publish book one. His advice was simple: make friends with other authors. And he was right.”

Guy Lozier  “How would you describe yourself?”

Laura Frances  “Introverted, but friendly. Ambitious, but shy. Very strange and nerdy when I’m with the people who know me best. And passionate about the people and things that matter to me.”

Guy Lozier  “What do you do when you are not writing or reading?”

Laura Frances  “Motherly things. Teach English to young Japanese children and a couple adults. Grin at Japanese cashiers when we stumble through understanding each other.”

Guy Lozier  “If you could holiday anywhere in the world, where would you choose and why?”

Laura Frances  “Oh lots of places! I want to swim with whales in Tonga, visit the German town I was born in, visit Ireland with my husband to explore some of his heritage, buy something colourful in Morocco, shop at the floating market in Bangkok…but my favorite place in the whole world is Maine, and part of me always wants to be there, exploring the coast or talking with my Grandma.”

Guy Lozier  “What is the biggest factor for you when selecting a book to read?”

Laura Frances  “I tend to read the first page, and if the writing is sharp and clean, I’ll keep going.”

Guy Lozier  “Do you have any events or book promotions coming up that you would like to tell us about?”

Laura Frances  “I recently revealed the cover for Remnant and will be announcing the release date soon! It will be sometime in the fall this year.”

Guy Lozier  “That concludes my interview with Laura Frances.”

You can find Laura Frances at the links provided below…

Facebook: @lfranny
Twitter: @lfrannyfran
Instagram: @laurafranny

Amazon: Laura Frances

Laura Frances grew up a shy thing, always daydreaming. She is now the author of the Slave series, with Book Three (the final installment) currently in progress. Residing in Japan with her husband and two children, she teaches the English language and spends her free time (when she isn’t writing) walking the narrow streets and learning Japanese culture.

Frances strives to convince others through the art of storytelling that they can do the things they think they can’t. Slave is her debut novel…

 

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