Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
My name is K. Francoeur, although I write fiction under the name Anna Belle Rose. I have written almost five books, two of which have been published, one is about to be published, my fourth novel is in process, and I am also writing a memoir.
My first novel published was That One Small Omission, published in October 2017 by Solstice Publishing. My second novel, The Phone Call, was actually the first novel I wrote, but it wasn’t the first published. My third novel, More Than I Can Say, will be published by Solstice later in the spring of 2018. Currently, I am working on a sequel to More Than I Can Say, and writing a memoir about grief and gratitude.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest novel (about to be published) is More Than I Can Say. It is a love story about a Vermont principal living in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. It was inspired by places and people I have encountered in my life, and by the characters continuously popping up in my mind.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I really like to plan out scenes in my head, replay and replay them like a daydream, then finally write them down. I also like to listen to the Boston Red Sox while I write.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I love anything by Dan Brown or Janet Evanovich for different reasons. I love Brown’s attention to detail and historical information, and I love the humor in Evanovich. I also love Nelson Demille for his combination of detail and humor.
What are you working on now?
Currently I am in final editing pre-publication for More Than I Can Say, finishing the first draft of its sequel, and working on my memoir.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I enjoy the interaction with the followers of my website, and I also enjoy book signings and book talks.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Don’t give up! I started The Phone Call in 1994, it went through at least 20 MAJOR rewrites, and now it has been published.
I also strongly, strongly recommend google docs — I can write anywhere I have internet, and I can have my editor collaborate in real time with me on the document.
Finally, professional editors are your best friend. PAY for a good one — your friend may be amazing at editing, but at some point, it needs to be someone who can be ruthless. Your editor will make you mad at times, but usually there is truth in those comments.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Visualize what you want/what achieving your dreams will actually look like — my middle son used to tell me to visualize how we would go out to dinner when I finally either got an agent or got a publishing contract, and that we would order whatever we wanted. When I would get discouraged, he would remind me of this again, and just thinking about walking into a restaurant that way made me smile, and made me refocus.
What are you reading now?
The Cuban Affair by Nelson Demille.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Finishing book four and my memoir, submitting them for publication.
Then, more events to get to meet my readers!
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
Jitterbug Perfume, The DaVinci Code, The Book of Joy, and one of Janet Evanovich’s books.