My First Author Interview on AWESOME GANG Website

February 2017 interview

FRANCA LAWRENCE

 

Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.

I live in the East of England (Hertfordshire). I work as a Project Management Analyst. I was inspired to write by Professor Ukala (my university lecturer) because he wrote plays which we had to stage as part of our course. The books by Jackie Collins and Jeffery Archer also inspired me. This is my first book; OVERCOMING LIFE’S CHALLENGES.

 

What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?

OVERCOMING LIFE’S CHALLENGES.

I was doing a lot of writing on my Facebook page and I received great feedback that I have a gift for writing. some suggested that I should write articles for a newspaper or write a book. I was very focused on my career at the time and didn’t want to change my career path, so I decided to create a blog and write on topics that I was passionate about. I wrote over 35 articles which attracted over 41,000 visits to my blog. Due to popular demand, I adapted my best articles into this book, which is my first book.

It is a thought-provoking self-help book, but with a personal narrative. It is a discourse of various challenges we pass through in life, viewed from different perspectives and illustrated with various personal experiences, including mine. It is filled with human triumphs and mistakes. I have been told the narratives are quite funny and very interesting. This sets it apart from other self-help books because it is fluid, entertaining and informative all at once. The book ends (i.e. the last chapter) with a beautiful short story which is based on true events.

 

Do you have any unusual writing habits?

I write on the train while commuting to work. Oddly, it inspires me to write. Thank God I do not drive to work.

 

What authors, or books have influenced you?

7th Heaven (by James Patterson), The 11th Commandment ( by Jeffery Archer)
and Drop Dead Beautiful (by Jackie Collins)

 

What are you working on now?

I have two upcoming novels;

* THE CURSE; sins of a father

* Picture Imperfect, Alessa's love conundrum.

 

What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?

Amazon
Facebook
Lulu

 

Do you have any advice for new authors?

Never give up on your dream. A lot of potential writers give up and never follow up on their dream of getting published. Some are not confident to share their thoughts and stories with the world for fear of being criticized. Do not let that stop you. Do a writing course if you have to and make use of a good editor. Just do what you have to do to get your book out there. Otherwise you may be depriving the world of a very good author and many wonderful books.

 

What is the best advice you have ever heard?

Write for pleasure. Publish for success

 

What are you reading now?

IF YOU WERE ME by Sheila O’Flanagan

 

What’s next for you as a writer?

* To promote my book

* Do more motivational speaking or speeches

* Finish my 2 upcoming novels this year

 

If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?

My book will be the first one because being stranded on a dessert island would be a challenge, so my book will be helpful and motivating. I will also take 7th Heaven (by James Patterson) and Drop Dead Beautiful (by Jackie Collins). They are both very interesting novels and I can get lost in them and forget about my situation.

 

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07.04 | 17:03

Hi Franca, its pleasure to read your new release - the Carriage Full Of Laughs. Entertaining in the first place,also opening topics about co existence of peops

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02.01 | 11:50

Thanks a lot Jo. That means so much. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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28.12 | 11:28

Well done Franca. I've enjoyed reading your books and I'm super proud of you not just as a fellow woman but as an ex banking colleague. Looking forward to more

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16.11 | 16:36

The next book will be out next month.

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