K. Francouer is a contemporary romance novelist writing under the pen name Anna Belle Rose. She’s a graduate of Middlebury College, Castleton University, and Union Institute. She lives on a small family farm in Central Vermont with her husband and youngest son. When not writing, she enjoys time with her husband, children and grandchildren, traveling, gardening, cheering for the Red Sox, and taking care of her alpacas, bees and chickens. Anna Belle is also an avid knitter and spinner, and often her best ideas for novels come when at the spinning wheel or in the garden.
Her most recent novel, More Than I Can Say, was just released by Solstice Publishing.
About the book:
Georgiana Hewitt seems to have it all. She is beautiful, professionally successful and financially secure. But her love life is pathetic. When her new boss, Jackson, accompanies her on a work trip, she fights her overwhelming attraction to him. She finally gives in, sharing several perfect nights with him, knowing it can only be a fling. Two months later, Georgiana is shocked to realize that she is pregnant, and heartbroken when she miscarries before she can tell Jack. Weeks later, when Jack finds out about the pregnancy, his rage and hurt drive him away. Can he forgive her, and can they have a future together?
Why did you decide to write this book?
More Than I Can Say is my third novel published by Solstice Publishing. I decided to write it because I had this group of characters running around in my head, and I decided their story really needed to be told.
What genre is your book?
All three of my novels are contemporary romance novels, two of which take place in Vermont.
Do you consider your book character-driven or plot-driven?
Character-driven! They are such strong personalities that they tend to control the plot a bit.
What makes your book unique?
The heroine in this novel, Georgiana, is a very strong, independent woman. She doesn’t need a man in her life, and frankly, doesn’t really want one in her life. Then she met Jack…
Do you plot ahead of time, or let the plot emerge as you write?
My stories always germinate from a tiny image that is part of the story-line, then I give them free rein to take the story where the characters want it to go. There have been times when I have tried to direct the story, but those parts tend to sound forced, so they get deleted.
How do you develop the names for your characters?
As I live my “regular” life, I listen for names. When I hear one that interests me, I jot it down, and as I write, it becomes clear if the name works for a particular character. Sometimes, if I am struggling for a name, I will ask for input from followers of my author’s Facebook page.
How do you decide on the setting?
I believe strongly in writing what you know, so my novels are mostly based in Vermont (where I live) or on places I have traveled extensively. Once in a while, I will reference or have my characters quickly visit someplace I haven’t traveled, then I look for expertise from people I know to fill in details.
Do you have a writing mentor?
I don’t have a writing mentor, I have more of a writing guardian angel. My middle son, Sam, was my constant cheerleader about my writing, always pushing me to keep going and trying. After he died in 2013, I stopped writing for quite a while, but his belief in me got me going again, and when I falter, I can hear his voice telling me to keep going.
What’s your writing schedule? Do you have a favorite place to write?
I write at night, weekends, vacations. I like to write anywhere, and with laptops, that is easier. My favorite place to write is my chair next to my woodstove.
Anything else you’d like to add?
We have a small farm in Vermont, and I really enjoy going to the alpaca barn and speaking parts of dialogue out loud to the alpacas to hear how it sounds before I type it into a manuscript.
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