Today I'm pleased to interview S.J. Francis and introduce you to her debut novel, Shattered Lies, published by Black Opal Books.
purpose of these questions is to allow your readers to get to know your
protagonist on a deeper level, so here goes:
time to get your protagonist, Kate Thayer, out of her comfort zone, if life as
a veterinarian even has a comfort
zone. You want to present her with a challenge and you’ve given her the
following choices: climb Mount Everest; run a Marathon; trek across the Sierra
Desert with a tribe of nomads; or sail around the world alone. Which would she
Knowing Kate, she’d choose to sail around the world alone. As an independent
strong woman, she’s quite comfortable with herself. I can see her packing up
her sailboat with tons of books for her to read. She’d probably take her cat along
that she rescued, and her cell phone to keep in touch with her grandmother.
Kate could live in another time period, which would she choose and why?
I’d have to guess that if Kate could live in another time period, it would have
been before the Civil War. But she wouldn’t need the war to free slaves. She
wouldn’t have any, or if she did, she would free them herself, simply because
it was the right thing to do. She doesn’t consider herself better than anyone
else. She cares for everyone.
Kate could change anything in her life, what would it be and why?
If Kate could change anything in her life, I’d have to say that it would be to
go back in time in order that she could change the way her life turned out.
do you and Kate have in common?
Kate and I share a deep love for animals. Saving them and speaking up for them
and whatever else it takes to make them safe.
you and Kate had an argument, who would win and why?
Undoubtedly I would. I have a stronger personality and
wouldn’t back down no matter what.
in store for Kate in your next adventure?
Without giving anything away, we’ll see what happens in her newfound
relationships. What will happen? Will they survive the secrets and lies?
She knew that bigotry existed, but she had
never experienced it quite
like this before…
couldn’t say anything for a moment. She was just too astonished. “Wh—what?
Excuse me? What you did you say?”
boy with brown hair spoke, “Sorry, miss.” He giggled too. “You have to excuse
my friend. He’s a little drunk.”
are you two?”
didn’t look older than eighteen, and had acne breakouts on their cheeks, but
she knew better than anyone that looks could be deceiving.
old enough,” the rude one said.
returned just as the rude one spoke again and pointed, “Hey look, it’s the
Jolly Giant Nigger.”
to her feet so that she was between Sam and them.
was with Sam. “Is there a problem, miss?”
she said without facing him. “We’d like to change our seat.”
course, Sam asked too. We have another place for you over here, if you both
come with me.”
moved to leave. The two young men said nothing, which was a good thing. She
swore she could feel her blood boiling in her veins. If they said one more
aside to let her exit and then she heard the young man. “Goodbye now, Uncle
Tom.” Giggling. “Enjoy your meal, Uncle Tom, so nice to see you.” More
giggling. “Dumb nigg—”
He didn’t have a chance to finish. Kate snatched the water
glass from the table, threw the water at him, slammed the empty glass down hard
on the table directly in front of him, and glared into his eyes. “You disgust
me! It’s people like you who have turned this world into shit!”
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’ background also encompasses working as a television producer. A
frequent traveler, Francis has resided in thirteen states and three countries.
A confirmed bibliophile, when not writing Francis can be found reading a good
book, or spending time in the outdoors. Francis currently lives in Mississippi,
where a major part of Shattered Lies takes place—but grew up in New York City,
where the latter portion occurs—and has a great respect and fondness for both places,
and considers the world a notebook full of endless ideas. Francis’ first novel,
Shattered Lies is a women’s fiction/mainstream/family saga novel. The family
dynamic is a never ending source of ideas and Shattered Lies is no exception.
As in all the stories Francis writes, in the end, it’s all about family. Future
projects include a sequel to Shattered Lies and a novel about the dynamic
relationships in Hollywood. Shattered Lies will be released by Black Opal Books
Special note from S.J.
In honor of the launch of Shattered Lies, I’m offering a
giveaway for someone to win a printed copy. To all those who leave a comment
here today, or those that contact me at my website, you will automatically be
entered into a drawing to win a personally autographed copy of my debut novel,
Shattered Lies. Two copies are available giving two of you a chance to win.
Just leave a comment here or go to my website and drop me a
line with “Giveaway” in subject line at:
Good luck and
thanks so much for stopping by. It was my pleasure to spend time with you.
Thank you so much, Kathleen for hosting me. It's always
my pleasure to connect with other authors and readers.
FYI: The drawing will take place at the end of my blog tour
on Saturday, December 12, 2015. I will contact the winner at that time to
request your mailing address to send you the printed copy of Shattered Lies.
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