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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Welcome Author Fran Lee...

Thanks for inviting me to the YGR blog, Brynna!  I was utterly thrilled that YGR reviewed my Cougar Challenge book, Nothing but Sex. I've been writing for about eighteen months, and this was the first review by YGR.  It was wonderful to know that Gabrielle loved the book enough to give it the highest rating. Getting a good review is always a great thing...but getting a great review from a review site I respect so highly is amazing!


You asked so many interesting questions, it was hard to choose which ones to respond to...so I picked several that I thought might interest readers.

YGR:  As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? How has that childhood dream affected your current career?

Fran:  I wanted to be an artist. I wanted to draw and see my art hanging on the walls of the Smithsonian, or maybe the Louvre.  Hmmm.  Suuuure....LOL!  Nobody told me I had to work at drawing, and draw more than just pretty horses and high fashion models. Of course, I had a great imagination, and eventually that brought me to writing.

YGR:  How do you come up with the title for your books?

Fran:  I never start with a title. I simply find the title in the pages.  I use a "pseudo title" like Novel A.  Then, as I write, the title simply pops out from the dialogue or the story, and I make the change.  The title for Nothing but Sex came to me as I wrote the sentence, "She expected their relationship to be nothing but sex, but it didn't turn out that way."

YGR:  How much of your work is real? How much is fantasy?

Fran:  My work is as real as I am, but with the names changed to protect the innocent. LOL!  Every one of my books is me. Every one of my heroes is a composite of men I have met and liked, and drooled over just a little.  If it were all fantasy, I wouldn't be able to make the story real to the reader.

YGR:  Do you ever suffer from writer's block? If so, what do you do about it?

Fran:  Oh, yeah!  I have been in a slump for the past several months.  Last year I wrote eight books.  This year, I have only managed to write two. I have dozens of works sitting half finished, or halfway edited, but for some reason I cannot seem to move past a roadblock.  I try to let it all go for a week or two, then watch hot movies that always make me shiver.  I daydream about guys I would love to meet.  But I find the most effective way to get past a mentl block is to re-read my own books, and remeber how much fun it was creating them.

YGR:  Where do you as an author draw the line on gory descriptions and/or erotic content?

Fran:  I am a fairly well centered person.  If I can't get past the gore or the sex, I am plenty sure my readers won't be able to.  I have one solid ethic sitting in my mind..."would I feel comfortable reading this?"  If the answer is "no", then it doesn't get written.

YGR:  Which is your favorite of the books you have written?

Wow!  That's a tough one!  You see, while I am writing, my favorite is always the current work.  But looking back over the past eighteen months, I would have to say that I have five favorites among the ten that I have published...Out of Her Dreams http://www.jasminejade.com/pm-7256-554-out-of-her-dreams.aspx  will always have a spot deep in my heart. Dictated by Fatehttp://www.resplendencepublishing.com/m8/131-200-101-446-1--dictated-by-fate-by-fran-lee.html%29 (Resplendence, 2009) is another. Jillian's Job http://www.jasminejade.com/pm-7850-554-jillians-job.aspx (Ellora's Cave 2009), Nothing but Sex http://www.jasminejade.com/pm-8365-554-nothing-but-sex.aspx, (Ellora's Cave 2010), and finally Woman on Firehttp://www.jasminejade.com/pm-8602-554-woman-on-fire.aspx, (Ellora's Cave 2010). Out of Her Dreams was released in digital form in June 2009, and went into print in August 2010. 

YGR:  What's the weirdest thing you've ever done in the name of research?

Fran:  I had to look up "cat sex" for Hallie's Cats http://www.jasminejade.com/pm-7389-554-hallies-cats.aspx.  I knew I was right, but for goodness sakes...I had to Google it half a dozen times before I simply gave up and called the Vet clinic down the street.  I think they thought I was nuts! Or perverted. LOL!

YGR:  Where can we find out more about your books?

Fran:  You can find my current and back list books on my author pages at Ellora's Cavehttp://www.jasminejade.com/m-554-fran-lee.aspx and Resplendence Publishinghttp://www.resplendencepublishing.com/145.html.  I also have a detailed full list on my website athttp://www.franleeromance.com.  My website also has the reviews for each book.  

Thanks so much for inviting me to the blog, Brynna!  It's been fun...and thanks again for that scintillating review!

Fran Lee
http://www.franleeromance.comThanks for inviting me to the YGR blog, Brynna!  I was utterly thrilled that YGR reviewed my Cougar Challenge book, Nothing but Sex. I've been writing for about eighteen months, and this was the first review by YGR.  It was wonderful to know that Gabrielle loved the book enough to give it the highest rating. Getting a good review is always a great thing...but getting a great review from a review site I respect so highly is amazing!

You asked so many interesting questions, it was hard to choose which ones to respond to...so I picked several that I thought might interest readers.

YGR:  As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? How has that childhood dream affected your current career?

Fran:  I wanted to be an artist. I wanted to draw and see my art hanging on the walls of the Smithsonian, or maybe the Louvre.  Hmmm.  Suuuure....LOL!  Nobody told me I had to work at drawing, and draw more than just pretty horses and high fashion models. Of course, I had a great imagination, and eventually that brought me to writing.

YGR:  How do you come up with the title for your books?

Fran:  I never start with a title. I simply find the title in the pages.  I use a "pseudo title" like Novel A.  Then, as I write, the title simply pops out from the dialogue or the story, and I make the change.  The title for Nothing but Sex came to me as I wrote the sentence, "She expected their relationship to be nothing but sex, but it didn't turn out that way."

YGR:  How much of your work is real? How much is fantasy?

Fran:  My work is as real as I am, but with the names changed to protect the innocent. LOL!  Every one of my books is me. Every one of my heroes is a composite of men I have met and liked, and drooled over just a little.  If it were all fantasy, I wouldn't be able to make the story real to the reader.

YGR:  Do you ever suffer from writer's block? If so, what do you do about it?

Fran:  Oh, yeah!  I have been in a slump for the past several months.  Last year I wrote eight books.  This year, I have only managed to write two. I have dozens of works sitting half finished, or halfway edited, but for some reason I cannot seem to move past a roadblock.  I try to let it all go for a week or two, then watch hot movies that always make me shiver.  I daydream about guys I would love to meet.  But I find the most effective way to get past a mentl block is to re-read my own books, and remeber how much fun it was creating them.

YGR:  Where do you as an author draw the line on gory descriptions and/or erotic content?

Fran:  I am a fairly well centered person.  If I can't get past the gore or the sex, I am plenty sure my readers won't be able to.  I have one solid ethic sitting in my mind..."would I feel comfortable reading this?"  If the answer is "no", then it doesn't get written.

YGR:  Which is your favorite of the books you have written?

Wow!  That's a tough one!  You see, while I am writing, my favorite is always the current work.  But looking back over the past eighteen months, I would have to say that I have five favorites among the ten that I have published...Out of Her Dreams http://www.jasminejade.com/pm-7256-554-out-of-her-dreams.aspx  will always have a spot deep in my heart. Dictated by Fatehttp://www.resplendencepublishing.com/m8/131-200-101-446-1--dictated-by-fate-by-fran-lee.html(Resplendence, 2009) is another. Jillian's Job http://www.jasminejade.com/pm-7850-554-jillians-job.aspx (Ellora's Cave 2009), Nothing but Sex http://www.jasminejade.com/pm-8365-554-nothing-but-sex.aspx, (Ellora's Cave 2010), and finally Woman on Fire http://www.jasminejade.com/pm-8602-554-woman-on-fire.aspx, (Ellora's Cave 2010). Out of Her Dreams was released in digital form in June 2009, and went into print in August 2010. 

YGR:  What's the weirdest thing you've ever done in the name of research?

Fran:  I had to look up "cat sex" for Hallie's Cats http://www.jasminejade.com/pm-7389-554-hallies-cats.aspx.  I knew I was right, but for goodness sakes...I had to Google it half a dozen times before I simply gave up and called the Vet clinic down the street.  I think they thought I was nuts! Or perverted. LOL!

YGR:  Where can we find out more about your books?

Fran:  You can find my current and back list books on my author pages at Ellora's Cavehttp://www.jasminejade.com/m-554-fran-lee.aspx and Resplendence Publishinghttp://www.resplendencepublishing.com/145.html.  I also have a detailed full list on my website athttp://www.franleeromance.com.  My website also has the reviews for each book.  

Thanks so much for inviting me to the blog, Brynna!  It's been fun...and thanks again for that scintillating review!

Fran Lee
http://www.franleeromance.com

1 comment:

lizarnoldbooks said...

Interesting blog. 8 books in a year? Wow. You don't have writer's block. You're exhausted. It'll be back. Check out WRITER WELLNESS, A WRITER'S PATH TO HEALTH AND CREATIVITY by Joy Held from Who Dares Wins Publishing www.whodareswinspublishing.com for tips on beating wb.
Liz Arnold
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