The Book Blog Tour
Publisher: Indigo Dreams Publishing
On a grey and miserable morning in 2008 London businesswoman, Angelica Ford, boards a plane and flies off to the blues and greens of her mother’s island in the Caribbean. Angelica is desperate. She is looking for a way to save her marriage and win back her daughter. A web of lies has torn a hole into her seemingly perfect world and she is convinced that only her mother, Josephine Dennis, can help her turn her life around.
Josephine Dennis arrived in England by ship on a cold winter’s morning as a young mother joining her husband. She weathers a lifetime of secrets and betrayal as she raises her family in 1960s London. A matriarch with strong family values, she told her children colourful stories to guide them through life. It is the wisdom of one of these stories that Angelica seeks. Josephine has one last story to tell – the story that could change both of their lives.
Release Date for paperback is 14th April
Fran Clark was born and currently lives in West London. Her first novel, Holding Paradise, is published in 2014 by Indigo Dreams Publishing. Fran is studying for a Creative Writing MA at Brunel University. A professional-singer songwriter and vocal coach, she recently released her second album of original songs. She is now working towards the completion of her second novel.
My blog: http://franclark.blogspot.co.uk/
My website: http://www.franclark.co.uk/writerindex.htm
Online bookshop: Indigo Dreams Publishing
I walked into her room and saw, as usual, piles of clothes on the floor but resisted the urge to pick them up. Instead I dumped her clean clothes on the bed. Just as I did so, I heard her mobile go off. It made me jump. I was used to the ring tone but didn’t expect to hear it. It was impulse that made me grab it and press the little green telephone symbol. Before I could say ‘hello Eva’s phone’ I heard Saffron’s voice.
‘Bitch, what do mean you’ve been having sex with someone in your family? You can’t send me emails like that and not expect me to call you right away. Who is it?’ I pressed the red telephone symbol straight away and threw Eva’s phone on the bed. I stood there staring at it. A few seconds later it rang again. I picked it up but this time I was ready. I saw the ‘Saffron calling’ sign as I gathered my thoughts.
‘Hello,’ I said.
‘Who’s that?’ Saffron sounded worried.
‘Oh Saffron. Did you just call? I picked up Eva’s phone but I couldn’t hear anyone so I hung up.’
‘Mrs Ford. You’ve got Eva’s phone?’
‘Yes, she must have forgotten it when she went off to Surrey with Luke. Shall I tell her you called?’
‘Er, yes please. So you didn’t hear me talking when you picked up?’
‘No. I don’t know what happened there. That’s technology for you.’ I laughed. A fake laugh. I hoped Saffron wouldn’t see through it. ‘Any message?’
‘Oh no, that’s okay Mrs Ford. I’ll just try her again this evening. Will she be back then?’
‘Yes, she should be. Bye then Saffron.’
I sat heavily on the bed. The pile of clothes I’d just put there slipped garment by garment onto the floor in slow motion until the last few t-shirts flopped quietly onto the jeans in real time. I got up quickly. I still had Eva’s phone in my hand. Why did I answer that call? No. I had to answer that call. The biggest secret that Eva could ever have kept from me, I had discovered by answering that call. But was Saffron serious? Why would she say it if it wasn’t true? My head was spinning. If it were true then who the hell could this family member be?
Hi Fran, thanks for joining us today on your Blog Tour
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I'm a singer-songwriter and vocal coach. I've performed professionally for over fifteen years and recently released a second album of original songs. As for the writing, well I only got the bug to write prose about five years ago and now I love writing and music equally.
Can you tell us a little about your latest novel/release?
London business woman, Angelica Ford, jumps on a plane one grey day and flies to the blues and greens of her mother's island in the Caribbean. It might seem like she's running away from her problems - her husband has left her, her daughter left to pursue a music career and her business is falling apart but she believes that the wise words of her mother, the ones that have always guided her through life will turn her misfortunes around.
What was the very first book idea you had, did you write it and did it get published?
That's easy to answer. Holding Paradise was my first book idea and it's published in April 2014 by Indigo Dreams Publishing - so excited.
What’s your most favourite thing about writing?
It's just that feeling of complete freedom. To say what I want and watch my ideas take form on the page.
Do you have any input into the cover design of your novels?
Well this is my first novel and I did have the general idea for the look, idea and colours but the publishing company took care of everything else. They ran a couple by me but the third idea was the one I loved.
Do you have any advice for newbie authors just starting out?
Well writing is a lonely process so you have to have staying power. It can take years to complete a book so again – staying power. Be sure of your idea and that it is strong enough to carry through and be interesting enough to hold a reader's attention. There are so many advice tips out there and it's confusing for the newbie. I would say choose what feels comfortable for you – you'll know it when it happens.
What was the best book you have read in the last few months and why did you love it?
It was Black Girl In Paris by Shay Youngblood who is a writer I only discovered a year ago. At first I thought it was a bit arty and pretentious but it began to grow on me. The writer weaved a simple story around me and it just had me gripped to the end. Goes to show that not all stories have to be all bright lights and action. Intensity and good story telling is what sold this book to me.
Out of the following places to get inspiration, which one would you choose & why:
a. Deserted Island
b. Sprawling Megatroplis
c. Magical Forest
d. Outer Space
So close between a deserted island and outer space and mainly because I see them as the most peaceful. I think I work better in the quiet. That's why I sometimes write late at night or the early hours of the morning. It's quiet inside the house and out. I feel creative when I have peace around me.
Are you working on anything new right now, if so, can you share the details with us?
I'm writing my second novel right now. I'm about half way through. It has a love triangle going on mixed with jazz and secrets and begins in 1950s London. That's all I'm saying for now.
Out of all the myriad of genres that have appeared in recent years, which ones describe your work best?
I would have to say Women's Fiction. For me that means any subject that might appeal most to a mainly female audience. I write about love, relationships, ordinary people dealing with extra-ordinary situations, flawed characters and not always a happy ending for everyone.
If you could have one super power, what would it be? And would you have a superhero suit too?
I would like to be able to fly. I live in London and the traffic can be a problem. I wouldn't be late for anything ever again! My superhero suit would have control panels front and back – what can I say, I like chocolate (even when I'm flying). It would be red, everyone says red suits me.
How do you come up with titles for your novels, do you get the idea for the story first or does that come after you have the title?
The story always comes to me first but the title follows quickly after, which can mean that I might change it before the story is finished! Nothing wrong with that. In fact with this first novel I was advised by a professional literary critique to change it – it was originally called Hidden Paradise, but that's just between you and me.
If you could have lived in any era throughout time, when and where would it have been?
Well it would have to be the forties and that's because of the clothes. I love movies from that era because of the hair and outfits.
Which method of writing do you prefer for your first draft?
a. Handwrite the first draft
d. The walls in your office! LOL
Has to be laptop – every time. There's no way in the world I could read my own writing.
Which five words would best describe yourself?
Happy. Procrastinator. Loyal. Hard-working. Childish.
Thanks Cathrine for having me here today, I enjoyed answering these questions.
Launch Party and Give-Away
I'd like to invite your readers to my on-line book launch party.
It takes place on Friday 25th April on my blog between 9am and 9pm (GMT).
Just come over and sign up for more details and a chance to win a free copy of Holding Paradise.
Many thanks to Fran for joining us today, and stop by on Monday when I'm back with something fabulous for you.
Have a great weekend