WATCH OUT: Fran Shaff
SC: I want to welcome you all to another edition of Watch Out. This week I’m pleased to bring you author Fran Shaff. Welcome to Watch Out, it is so great to have you here.
Fran: Thanks for inviting me, Savannah.
SC: For the readers out there who might not know about you or your work, can you please tell them a little about yourself.
Fran: As far as my work is concerned, Classic Contemporary and Historical Romance are the genres which I focus on, but I have also written a couple of historical books for young people. I’ve had 16 books published so far. In addition I blog with writing tips at: http://cavewriter.blogspot.com and I offer tips on my Twitter page too at: www.twitter.com/franshaff My books are available in hardcover, paperback and e-book formats, and they’ve won a number of awards. I offer a free download of my acclaimed historical romance “Change of Heart.” Readers can find it at BN, I-Book store, Sony Bookstore, Kobo Books, and other Internet locations.
SC: Can you tell us a little about your current release?
Fran: My most recent release, Savannah, is “Male Fraud,” a romantic comedy. Here’s the logline: A woman pretends to be a man in order to get a job as trainer for a pro football team and then falls for the coach. Very funny. Learn more about “Male Fraud” and watch the movie at: http://sites.google.com/site/malefraudbook
SC: Which do you prefer eBooks or paperback?
Fran: Now that I have a Kindle I love my e-books even more than I did before. I hear the same sentiments voiced by readers who own a Nook, a Sony reader, I-Pad and other e-reading devices.
SC: What influences the topics, and genre’s that you pick to write a story in?
Fran: I have always enjoyed classic love stories in books and movies so those are the kinds of stories I write–“sweet” tales rich with character, dramatic or comic. I like to read and write engaging stories which make us think, feel, empathize, smile, tear up, and ultimately feel good about when we’ve read the last word.
SC: Your favourite part about being an author?
Fran: Like most authors, I love hearing from readers who tell me how touched they’ve been by my stories or who tell me how much they laughed while reading one of my romantic comedies. My goal is to entertain, to help readers escape whatever trials of life they’re facing for a little while. We all need a break from reality from time to time.
SC: What are you currently reading?
Fran: I’m on a “classics” kick at the moment. Bronte sisters’ works, Steinbeck’s books, kids’ classics like “Pollyanna” and “Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm.”
SC: You have had some of your work published in magazines, what has that meant to you?
Fran: Having stories published in widely-circulated magazines is a major thrill. “Woman’s World” magazine where I had a mystery story published has a circulation in the millions.
SC: Describe your books in 3 words.
Fran: Sweet Classic Romance
SC: What do you think sets your stories apart from other authors?
Fran: According to reader feedback, I’d say my stories are set apart from others by the degree to which readers become emotionally involved with my characters. The two things I hear most often from readers are that they felt like my characters were real people they got to know and that my stories engaged them emotionally, making them smile, cry, laugh.
SC: Is there anything you’re currently working on that you can give us a taste of?
Fran: I’ve got a lot of irons in the fire right now. I’m working on two novel-length light contemporary romances and a historical mystery/romance series of novellas.
SC: What is the best advice you ever got with regards to writing?
Fran: Never give up. That tiny phrase encouraged me to persevere through the few rejections I got before Avalon Books published my first novel “Montana Match” in hardcover ten years ago.
SC: What is one pet peeve you have when it comes to publishing?
Fran: Before electronic publishing came about readers had little choice as to what they could read. Editors told us what to read, and we missed out on thousands of good books because publishers rejected them. Today there are many, many publishers offering great varieties of books in e-formats. Broadening the field of available books even more are the Independent Publishers. We readers now have available to us thousands more books than ever at very reasonable prices thanks to the advent of e-books. So my previous pet peeve, a narrow focus on types of books available, is gone.
SC: Any advice for new writers out there?
Fran: There are four things new writers should be aware of: 1. Never give up. 2. Learn everything you can about the craft of writing and apply what is appropriate to your work. 3. Write, write, write, improving all the time. 4. Always keep readers in mind as you work. You’re writing for them, not yourself.
SC: Where can readers find out more about you and your work?
Fran: If readers check out my website at: http://sites.google.com/site/fshaff they’ll learn quite a bit about my books and stories. Readers can also connect with me on line at Facebook ( www.facebook.com/franshaff ) Twitter ( www.twitter.com/franshaff ) and at my blog ( http://cavewriter.blogspot.com ) I’m also on many other Internet social sites.
Fran: Savannah, thanks for inviting me to be here at “Watch Out.” You’re a very gracious hostess. I hope you and all your readers have a wonderful autumn and holiday season