I’m hosting an interview for the book tour for “Francesca of Lost Nations”. I hope you enjoy the interview!
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Both, Sometimes I plot and other times, I sit in my chair and feel the words flowing out of my fingertips and down onto the page. With Francesca of Lost Nation, I never had a whole-story outline. I did have a beginning and an end and tons of real-life inspiration i.e. my flesh-and-blood grandmother’s exploits, to finish the chain from this end to that end.
Where did you get the inspiration for Francesca of Lost Nation?
My grandmother, Frances Ella Pittschtick Mendenhall, was the best friend I ever had. She was quite the daring and unconventional person, especially considering she was born in the 1890s. Like the lead character in this novel, Frances was born and raised in small town Iowa, was a dirt track county fair race car driver who never lost, was a pro caliber poker player and was the first woman in her county to attend college. How could you not write a book about a woman like that?
Is this a series?
What is your daily page or word count record? am usually simultaneously working on magazine pieces (a super senior series about active folks 85 and older and/or restaurant profiles), polishing manuscripts for other writers (as part of my business, LuckyCinda’s, packaging services), a children’s book series (our Silly Puppy series) , a second online marketing guide (both these with my marketing director, Laura Dobbins) and The Next Novel. My word count depends entirely on my deadline schedule. I don’t procrastinate, however. In fact, I write so much because I can’t help it.
Please tell us a little about Francesca of Lost Nation?
In the summer of 1947, a 59-year-old- woman and her precocious and plucky 10-year-old granddaughter, Sarah, share the adventures of a lifetime in small town Iowa. Together, they encounter barnstorming pilots, are menaced by an escaped arsonist, wow Clinton County Fair-goers, conquer the skies and demonstrate to one another the greatest truth about love. Be on the lookout for a July-October romance and quirky small-town characters. This book has been downloaded over 32,000 times and has won five literary awards. On Amazon, this book has earned over 112 reviews, overwhelmingly 5 star.
What is your favorite story of all time?
This actually happened: My Uncle Earl was born in Amity, Arkansas in 1904. He eventually resided in California, where he sold cars and romanced many more women than his average looks might warrant. At one point, Earl was engaged to a woman named Maryjane Dais, who asked him to come to Chicago to meet her dad, a newspaper and radio station owner. It was homecoming weekend. There were a series of parties at the Country Club next door to the Dais mansion.
Earl didn’t know anyone at the party except Maryjane and soon grew tired of the rah rah antics of most of the people who’d all attended Northwestern University. So he slipped away to the Dais house and planned to go to bed early. Unbeknownst to him, he was followed by Maryjane’s maid of honor – and they ended in bed together … which was where Maryjane found them. It was raining like hell and Maryjane proceeded to toss all Earl’s clothes and suitcases onto the gravel drive in front of the house. Earl straggled downstairs, half-dressed, gathered soaked stuff into the car, hopped in and drove straight thru to Los Angeles. Earl’s secretary reported many phone calls from Maryjane but Earl didn’t care or return them. He sat at a café in Westwood, sipping coffee and ran into a woman named Mona Rico, famous for having been the mistress of a string of Presidents of Mexico. Another inauguration was looming and Mona invited Earl to go with her, which he did. They wound up in Mona’s 4th floor condo in Mexico City. The next morning, Earl offered to shop for cereal, bread, OJ, coffee, etc and took the elevator down to the small neighborhood market. On the second floor, the elevator door opened and Maryjane Dais and her mother stepped in! As he describes it, “My jaw fell to my knees! That was the longest 2 floor elevator ride of my entire life.”
What are you working on right now?
I have a novel to be released soon: The Cancer Club; a crazy, sexy tail of survival. Based on the real experiences of a select few cancer survivors and victims (including my own cancer episode in 1991), it takes an unprettified look at how a woman sloggingly and exhaustingly survives breast cancer and then stubbornly reclaims her self – her soul, her sexuality, her confidence, her LIFE. It is, hopefully, raw, thought provoking, scary and hilarious.
Francesca of Lost Nation
Author: Lucinda Sue Crosby
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Winner of Four Literary Prizes / Author selected as one of “50 Authors You Should be Reading” by The Authors Show online media outlet
This family saga is “funny at times and filled with little pearls of everyday wisdom, it is as much a romantic thriller as it is a perfect little capsule of a time gone by. It is a book about love of all kinds – between grandmother and child, between child and dog, between man and woman.”
If you like Old Fashioned Romance Reads similar to Norah Roberts or Kristin Hanna for kindle, you will want to add this one to your collection:
Here’s a little about the story:
When a mysterious man named Matthew appears in the small Iowa town of Lost Nation, his sudden arrival raises questions about his past. Quiet with an apparent taste for rum, Matthew makes it clear he doesn’t want to make friends. He isn’t too pleased to be dropped off at Home Farm where the independent and eccentric Francesca doesn’t accept bad manners or booze binges.
Matthew doesn’t want to form personal ties and intends to move on as soon as his damaged leg from a recent plane crash heals. But a series of events draw him into reluctant relationships: One with the feisty Francesca, the second with her 10-year-old granddaughter Sarah.
In spite of her own reservations, Francesca finds herself falling for this brooding pilot but his past looms between the pair and what neither knows is that Sarah, Francesca’s 10-year-old granddaughter, has encountered a stranger of her own … leading to a climatic confrontation that will put her and her grandmother’s life in danger.
Those that enjoy family sagas or family drama will also embrace this story
There are plenty of eccentric characters, including Francesca who is quirky and full of secrets – she keeps the town gossips busy. There are some dramatic family dynamics that cause tension and uneasiness at times. Because the story is told through the wide-eyed 10-year-old Sarah, this romance mystery is humorous at times.
Readers love this kindle romance fiction, because it has a touch of everything: friendship, humor, romance, adventure and mystery.
Lucinda Sue Crosby is an International Kindle Bestselling author and award-winning journalist and environmentalist as well as a published and recorded Nashville songwriter. She’s also a former film and television actor, professional athlete and sports commentator. Lucinda Sue has always had a love affair with the written word.