Meet Debut Mainstream/Women’s Fiction Author S.J. Francis @sjfrancis419

Shattered Lies
I welcome women’s fiction author S. J. Francis to my blog today. S. J. Francis is a freelance writer with over three hundred publication credits, a University Lecturer with doctorates in English, Mass Communications, and Law, and most recently, a novelist. Francis writes for many publications, as well as regularly contributing to the local newspaper. Francis’ first novel, Shattered Lies is a women’s fiction/mainstream/family saga novel. In the end, it’s all about family.

Do you outline your books or wing it? Describe your process.
Planning and outlines don’t work for me. I’ve tried notebooks, charts, index cards even writing software. None of them worked. I would wind up getting distracted and frustrated trying to plot or plan when all I wanted to do was begin the story. For me, I have to put the story down and let it evolve from there. Yes, I’m a panster, not a plotter. After the draft is done, I go back and fine tune everything, adding details from research as necessary. I’m always writing in my head, in the shower, or walking the dogs and put everything down later on. Whenever I have a free moment, you can find me writing. Sometimes it may just be a sentence, or a scene and from that comes a story, an article or in this case, a novel.
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How do you decide on setting?
Setting like my character creation just happens. I see the characters in my head and the setting evolves from there. I have no setting in mind when creating. The characters pick the time and place.

Has your muse always known what genre you would write and be published in?
My muse is probably very confused because I had no idea what genre I would right in. It just happened. I wrote a book that is labeled women’s fiction/mainstream, but can be read by anyone.

What is your favorite part of writing?
I love the writing part, the creating of a fictional world where anything can happen.

What is your least favorite part of writing?
My least favorite part of writing is the promoting and marketing my book, how much I was responsible to get my book out to the public, and what I was expected to do. I knew I was going to have do some promoting and marketing, but I had no idea how much it would entail. I’m totally exhausted from a simple blog tour. I can’t imagine running around from city to city around this country and the world like Jackie Collins did while she battled breast cancer and was promoting her books.

Some writers edit excessively as they write; others wait until a novel is finished to do the bulk of editing. How about you?
I write my story down first. For me, that’s the most important part. I get the gist of it down, or what I like to refer to it as my sketch. After I have a completed first draft, then I go back and do the editing part of it.

E-books, print, or both? Any preferences? Why?
Interesting question. I just wrote a blog post about this exact subject on my writing blog. I prefer print books, though sometimes E-books are more convenient. I just like the feel of printed books in my hand. I like not having to worry about the inconveniences that could occur with an Ereader such as it not working when I want to read, or the book not being there when I want to read it. For me, an EBook will never replace a printed book.

How much time do you spend promoting your books?
I guess it depends on who you ask. Way too much and probably not enough, depending on how one writer looks at it. For me, it’s way too much because I’d rather be writing. For another writer, I probably don’t promote enough because I’d rather be writing.

Please tell us your experiences with social media. What are your favorite and least favorite parts of it?
Social Media definitely has a learning curve to it. I’m glad that I began using it and learning way before I had my book published. It took some of the load off of learning it when I began promoting my book upon publication.
Social Media does have its advantages. My favorite part of social media is connecting with others in the writing industry and readers.
My least favorite part is the time it takes out of my writing schedule. I’d rather be writing than spending it on the internet.

Were you “born to write” or did you discover your passion for writing later in life?
I didn’t know it until I was a teenager, but you can say that I was definitely “born to write.” While in school whenever the class was assigned a writing project, I hated it, but I always jumped on it and put my all into it. I aced my English classes all throughout school years.

For more about S. J. Francis, visit her website and follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Good reads

Blurb for Shattered Lies:
She wants to know the truth, but some secrets might be better left alone…
Kate Thayer has a good life as a veterinarian, 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.

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Comments

  1. Thanks so much, Stacy for hosting me here on your great blog!
    Keep writing! You’re most welcome to stop by my blog or send me your book for a review on my book review blog.
    Cheers!
    S.J. Francis

  2. I enjoyed reading this interview of S.J. Francis. I read Shattered Lies and loved the story. It seemed to need a continuation though. Much was resolved, but a lot more could happen in a sequel. Don’t get me wrong, the book had a good ending. I just felt there was another story that could come to life..

Stacy Juba