I am so delighted to be able to interview Francine Beaton today who is a phenomenal Author here with me in South Africa, and also a fellow member of ROSA (Romance Writers Organisation of South Africa).
Francine has successfully written over 15 books, available in English and Afrikaans, and is a huge blessing and a source of a wealth of information to us Authors.
Q: What inspires you to write your books?
A: Life. Love. People. There is so much sadness in the world, especially now. I hope my books help people to escape that, even for a little while.
Q: Is there any truth in the storyline of any of your books that relates to your own life?
A: Yes, there is always something about me or someone I know in my stories. I will not tell you which story has the most of me, though.
Q: What have been your favourite moments of being an author?
A: The moment I can type The End. I know it is unnecessary, but the feeling of accomplishment I can never explain. It’s probably because I never dreamed of writing a book. What to say fifteen!
The moment you hold the first print copy of a new book in your hand.
When a reader reaches out to you and telling you how much they enjoyed a story. All these moments make writing worthwhile.
Q: What motivates you to keep writing?
A: I can answer this question exactly as the previous one. It’s those happy moments that motivates me.
Q: How do you come up with the plots of your books?
A: I’m a pantser. I don’t come up with plots. The characters tell me what to write. I might slap them back in submission now and again, but mostly, my stories are character-driven.
Q: Of all the books you have written, which would you say is the most special to you or your favourite and why?
A: It’s like asking a mother which is her favourite child! It is difficult to choose. Each time I finish a book, I think this is my favourite, then comes the next one and then that’s my favourite. My first published book, Eye on the Ball, will always be one of my favourite books. If I have to choose? I loved writing Taste for Cupcakes, and also Wrecking Ball.
Q: Are there any characters that have felt so real to you that you feel you could keep writing about them?
A: Aren’t they real? When I tell my family a story, my husband and daughter first ask: ‘Is this now real or is it one of your stories?’ Richie in Wrecking Ball, especially, felt real to me. He is a Scot from Glasgow. If you hear Richie’s voice in your head, you’ll hear my husband. Some of Richie’s scenes are things that happened to my husband, and with his permission I could use it in Wrecking Ball.
Q: If you could choose to have an exclusive book club with three authors, dead or alive, who would you choose and what would be your ideal discussion to have with them?
A: I’d definitely choose Nora Roberts, Marie Force, and Rhoda Baxter. If I may sneak in a fourth one, it might be Sophie Kinsella. I probably be so tongue-tied that I may not talk much, but I guess we will talk about writing, and the same questions you asked me. With Rhoda I would like to chat about writing romantic comedy, as this is the genre I want to pursue. With Marie: Ooh, I am so in awe of her ability to write series and continue to keep them fresh. And Norah: I’d love to know how she writes under different pen names for the different genres. I would like to try that too.
Q: What books do you currently have on your bedside table?
A: I only have a copy of Stuart MacBride’s All That’s Dead on my bedside table, gathering dust. I mostly read on my tablet, which is bursting out of its seams with my TBR list, but it feels as if I’ve read nothing other than books about writing and marketing the last few months.
Q: What book is your latest, or releasing soon, and can you tell us a little about it?
A: Currently, I’m releasing mostly in Afrikaans. The latest book is Keuses van Gister, which appeared in English as Choices, the first book in the On the Sidelines series. I’ve just finished a shorter story for ROSA’s sweet anthology called Chances (which will be the second book in the On the Sidelines Series), and hope to release Blood Brothers, the seventh Playing for Glory romance in June or July, if all goes well. Things are hectic at the moment, though, and I’m not sure if I will manage that. I may first finish Second Chances and A Last Chance in the Kick-Off Trilogy first.
Q: What is the kindest thing a stranger has ever done for you or said to you?
A: I think it has been soon after I published my first book when a reader e-mailed me to tell me how much she enjoyed the book. I didn’t have any reviews yet, or didn’t know where to go from there, but that helped to keep my focus. I may not make millions, but those kind and unexpected e-mail, made my day.
Q: Lastly, something fun that our readers might not know about you?A: I have a terrible fear of grasshoppers. Can you imagine how it feels for someone with acridophobia to land in a grasshopper plague in the Northern Cape?
We are also featuring one of Francine’s books:
Title: Taste for Cupcakes (A Taste for Love Novella)
The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach… hers might be through his kitchen…
Morag MacPherson returns to Scotland with one dream, and that is to open her open cupcake shop. She knows she has to work hard and may have to wait before fulfilling that dream, but she doesn’t mind that. She will not let one obnoxious man, accusing her of things she will never consider, derails her plan.
When Peter Moriarty realises he made a big mistake, he tries his best to rectify it, but Morag is not a feisty red-head for nothing. He has to work hard to gain her trust and friendship. What can he do to win her heart?
Peter has an ace up his sleeve, however. What is that saying again? The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.
Hers might be through his kitchen.
About the Author:
Romance author Francine Beaton published her first romance novel—a contemporary sports romance called Eye On The Ball—in April 2018, after she first started writing in July 2016. Francine calls Pretoria home, but she loves travelling to faraway places and considers Scotland her second home. When she’s not reading or writing about love and Happily Ever After, she’s most likely busy painting or taking photos of everything that catches her eye. During rugby season, you’ll know where to find her. It will either next to the pitch or in front of the television, following her favourite teams. It’s probably not difficult to figure out why her debut novel, Eye on the Ball, and the series, Playing for Glory, has rugby as a theme.
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