Name Franca Storm
Where are you from
Originally from England, but currently living in Niagara Falls, Canada.
A little about yourself, i.e. your education Family life etc
I’m happily married to my amazingly supportive husband, Tyler. We have a one-year-old chocolate lab named Rocky.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
My new adult/college rocker romance, READY TO LOVE, was released on August 10th. This year is release-crazy time for me, so I have another release already hot on its heels. Releasing September 8th will be WRECKED, a paranormal romance.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I was an introverted and shy child and I preferred to spend my time reading, as opposed to playing with other kids, so I developed a love for books and the fictional worlds they transported me to at an early age. I’ve had a very active imagination for as long as I can remember. So, basically, as soon as I could actually put pen to paper, I started creating my own adventures.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
The way I see it, anyone can be considered a “writer”. Considering myself an “author” happened when I’d finally completed my first novel.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I wanted to get the story out. I wanted to live through it, tell it, experience it.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Not that I’m aware of. I don’t like to get too caught up in unnecessary description. Being overly descriptive bores me. I prefer to write fast-paced stories.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I’m gonna go with READY TO LOVE for this question. Basically, every time I’m trying to come up with a title, I’m looking for something that captures the overriding theme or emotions of the book. (Probably a given, really…haha). Anyway, in RTL, we have a man who has major commitment issues. He’s a real playboy. We also have a woman who is deeply scarred by an abusive situation from her past. So, for the two of them to come together, they need to find a way through that and they have to be ready to love, in spite of all of that. (Hope I explained that well enough…it sounds much better in my head).
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I think the running theme in all of my books is that it’s never too late and you’re never too far gone to be redeemed. If you’re ready to work towards it. And…hope trumps fear.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
I’m not sure how to answer this, except to say that they are obviously fictional, but somewhat grounded in reality (in my mind anyway….hehe) to be believable to the reader.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
It’s inevitable that every character I write will have some similarities to me or people close to me and perhaps some of their experiences will touch on mine a little as well. Emma in COMFORT ZONE is the character that most resembles me out of all of my books.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
Nothing that can be singled out, although, most things I read do influence me in some way or another, such as learning something new, seeing something in a different light, being inspired, etc.
Fiona: What books are you reading now?
Honestly, I’m not actually reading anything right now, because I’m in the middle of several projects. I don’t read while I’m writing. I like to keep a clear head. But that means my to-read list is piling up. A few on there are:
- Watch Over You and The Rise of the Phoenix – Mason Sabre
- Divinely Entwined –F. Rose
- Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
- Dirty Little Secret – John Stock
- The Scene Series – Roxy Sloane
- Hung – Scott Hildreth
- Warrior – Nicole Blanchard
- Bliss – Lora Ann
- Chicago Underground Series – Skye Warren
- Illusive – Nina Levine
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
As I navigate my way through this business, I see many awesome new authors around. Actually, some of them are listed above. I also want to check out Jake Butler and Monica May.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
WRECKED – a paranormal romance series releasing on September 8th, centering on an all-powerful warlock and a sheltered sorceress.
BAD IMPRESSIONS – a contemporary small-town romance releasing on October 6th. It’s a tale of forbidden love. The main protagonist has his eye on his best friend’s little sister, and vice-versa.
DARK HEARTS – the final part of my erotic thriller mini-series, releasing early November.
BLAMELESS – book three in my MC Romance series, Black Thorns, centering on character, Runner. Anticipated release is January 2016.
Beyond all that, we’ll have to see.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Nancy K – my college professor. Not only did she teach me a lot about writing, she was also the one who pushed me to actually push my first work towards publication.
And my awesome friend, Kathy N. My favorite human.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I am trying to make that happen. We shall see.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No. With READY TO LOVE, I actually spent months and months fixing up the mess that is always the first draft. A lot of blood, sweat and tears when into it.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Escapism. Like I said, I have an overactive imagination. Writing is the best way for me to explore that. It’s a lot of fun creating your own worlds, your own people. When I’m writing, the world can be what I want it to be. I love it.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Sure! I’ll give you an excerpt from each of my next two releases:
“Yeah, thing is…it’s fate. Can’t escape it.”
Her eyes narrowed. “You really are your father’s son, Finn.”
That burned. It’d been a while since anyone had compared me to that asshole.
“Every one you’ve taken has died,” the witch went on.
True story there. “This one is different. The Light in her is white-hot, not just a flicker.” I held out my right hand, the one I’d used to shake the girl’s.
The witch gasped as she saw the red ring on my palm—an energy burn from the girl when she’d taken my hand. I’d spelled the handshake to draw her power to me, so I could measure it to gauge her strength.
“She…burned you,” she choked out in surprise. “Does this usually happen?”
Her eyes locked with mine.
“She knows nothing of this life. She won’t understand.”
“What about the tattoo?”
What the hell else did she think I was getting at? “Yeah. On her back. How’d you explain that to her?”
She shrugged. “A birthmark.”
I shook my head. Un-fucking-believable. Whatever. I was done talking. I brushed past her and headed for the door. “Two weeks,” I called over my shoulder.
“I won’t let you take her!” she screamed.
I laughed. “Take her? She’ll come to me.”
“Don’t look at me like that, darlin’.”
“Like what?” she breathed in a hoarse whisper. God. She was so fucking turned on. I could hear it in her voice, see it in her flushed cheeks and the intensity in her eyes.
And it was skyrocketing my arousal to the danger zone. The point of no return.
I tried not to breathe in too deeply, because the sweet smell of her was driving me crazy already. She always smelled so good, just like fresh-cut flowers.
I whispered in her ear, feeling her tremble at the feel of my hot breath on her neck, “Like you want me to hike up your skirt, spread those sexy-as-sin thighs of yours and taste you right here in the middle of the high street.”
She pulled back, gasping. Her eyes were wide at my words.
“Would you call this time?” she rasped, her eyes on fire.
Shit. I wanted to give her what she wanted more than anything. What I wanted. But it was wrong for so many reasons, reasons she couldn’t even comprehend as she fired her fuck-me-right-the-hell-now look at me.
I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t reel her in like that.
She deserved better.
“No,” I forced myself to utter.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
I often struggle with coming up with new character names and names of places. With my MC Romance books, that goes for the clubs, too. Just a difficulty I always seem to have. I end up spending hours on those baby name list websites. It freaked my husband out a couple of times when he caught me. Hehe.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I don’t have a single favorite author, but I recently came across a couple of books by author, Nicole Snow, and the way she writes sex scenes floored me. Really well done and really intense. She’s one of the best I’ve read for that. One the same note, I’m also a fan of Roxy Sloane’s dirty talk in her books, as well as Eve Newton’s wit in her books. And I’m a Robert Ludlum junkie. I love the way he writes his action scenes. The best!
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Nope. That would be cool one day though!
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
READY TO LOVE was designed by Louisa Maggio at LM Creations. The rest were designed by me.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
I have this “curse” of hitting the 75% mark and then getting stuck for a while. I don’t know what it is, but it happens a lot. Weird, huh? That’s when I move onto something else and return to what I was working on later on. Really helps clear my head.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I ended up learning a great deal about conveying the male POV through READY TO LOVE. I did a lot of work on John’s character to achieve accuracy there and I believe I pulled it off. *Wipes sweat off brow* Phew!
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Write anything and everything. Do it often. It’ll help you to develop your voice. I don’t see any other way to do that. If you publish a book, I’ll also say this: reviews are subjective. You can’t please everyone, so don’t try. You have to write for you. For the story. If you don’t, you’ll lose the passion and yourself. Also, I never edit when I’m writing the first draft. If I have that part of me active while I’m writing, I’ll never put a word on the page. My goal with the first draft is to get the story out, get the raw emotions down on the page, craft the characters. Perfection is not what a first draft is for. But everyone does things differently. That’s just how I do it.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you so much for reading my books! I’m very grateful to anyone who’s noticed my books in among all those that are out there. Awesome!
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
The Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Little Owl and the Treehouse by Constance Boyle
When I was a little older, I also enjoyed Enid Blyton books and then C.S. Lewis.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
The kind of humor I like is that of TV shows Community, Scrubs, Friends. As for crying? It’d have to be something pretty extreme, as I’m not really much of a crier.
Fiona: Is there one person past or present you would meet and why?
Sylvester Stallone—I am a big fan of the way he writes the characters in his movies. Something about it just resonates with me—the raw emotion, I guess. I like underdogs.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
Wow. Honestly, I’ve never thought about it. I really don’t know.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
Because I spend so much time writing and promoting, any time I have left is spent with my husband and my puppy, Rocky. I also like hiking, messing around with my longbow, reading, binge-watching newly discovered TV shows.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
TV Shows: Arrow. Once Upon a Time. Community. Scorpion. Scrubs (binge-watching Netflix re-runs). Vampire Diaries.
Movies: anything Action. Special Mentions: The Avengers. Iron Man (all 3). The Godfather (all 3). Rocky (all 6). Spy Game. Thirteen Days.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Favorite Food: Pizza (hands down)
Favorite Colors: Purple, Black, Blue
Favorite Music: Hinder, Shinedown, Tantric, Seether, Coheed & Cambria, Saosin, 30 Seconds to Mars, Ron Pope, Bruce Springsteen, Plumb, Breaking Benjamin, Audioslave, Ryan Star, The Fray.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
Thank you so much for having me, Fiona, and for the opportunity. I really appreciate it! You’re lovely!
Okay, so, anyone who feels like it, can follow me at any one of these links:
☛ Website: http://www.francastorm.com/
☛ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/francastormauthor
☛ Twitter: https://twitter.com/FrancaStorm
☛ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/francastorm/
FRANCA STORM – PROFILE:
Franca was born in Surrey, England and currently lives in Niagara Falls, Canada with her husband and their labrador, Rocky.
She is a long-time lover of erotica and romance novels, especially those with sexy-as-sin alpha males. She decided to try her hand at writing her own and writing romance is now her obsession and the perfect way to put her dirty mind to good use!
She writes romance with a common theme: bad boys with big hearts. Her writing spans many different sub-genres of romance: contemporary, biker romance, paranormal romance, new adult, romantic erotica and romance suspense. She’s got a ton of stories to tell and many more works up her sleeve.
FRANCA STORM – BOOKS:
COMFORT ZONE -> http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00O0BV0MW
RECKLESS -> http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00V5AOLOA
SOULLESS -> http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ZSTOXYW
READY TO LOVE -> http://www.amazon.com/dp/B012E3B0CW
WRECKED -> http://amzn.to/1MNUpag