MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR FABIOLA FRANCISCO
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Hi, my name is Fabiola Francisco. I write contemporary romance and women’s fiction.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
My most recent book is All My Truths & One Lie. It’s a more personal story, one I wrote for myself, that shows a path of healing, self-love and self-acceptance, as well as the power of unconditional love.
A story about breaking through the masks used to hide behind and shine truth. More than a love story, All My Truths & One Lie shows the courage it takes to live authentically, beginning with accepting your own truth and healing from it.
I wrote this story pulling a lot of myself and my experiences, blending them with a love story that is deep. Through my recent years, I’ve spent time becoming more familiar with spirituality, how energy works, and the importance of healing our emotional pain.
I feel honored to have been able to combine my love for fiction and my passion for guiding people through their healing to write a story I believe in so much.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
Well, I’m a closet romantic. As cynical as I’ve been in real life about love, romance and romance stories are something that have always snuck in and swept me away. Every story I think of comes with a love story.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
I used a lot of my own knowledge when it comes to healing traumas from my professional trainings. I also wanted to capture the feel of Glastonbury, so I spent a lot of time reading about the town, researching the different places around town, and the types of shops. It was fun to take my time and “travel” in a sense through my research.
Can you tell me about your Series?
My series, Rebel Desire, follows a fictional country music band. I love country music, so it was only natural I would eventually write a book (or series) about the music genre. I loved exploring this world. All books include swoony book boyfriends, song lyrics, and the kind of love found in country songs. What’s better than a sexy hero who finds his muse?
Each book has its unique storyline while still tying in the music scene and the band as a whole. These guys are a tight group, and the women that come into their lives are strong and independent while supporting them.
Sexy lead singer & the perfect meet-cute! Lovin’ On You
Emotional widow & friends to lovers! Love You Through It
Single mom with a messy life & famous musician! All of You
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
I love them all. This series is one that swept me away into a fiction world of country music, romance, and high emotions. The three stories are all so different and unique to the main characters while maintaining the camaraderie of the band. If I have to choose one, I’d say it’s Love You Through It, the second book in the series. It pulled at all my emotions, and I’ve never cried like I have writing this book.
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
I’m a country music lover. I had the idea for book 1, Lovin’ on You, a long time ago, while I was working on my third novel. I jotted down notes, but other projects took priority. When it was time to write the story, the characters came to life and instead of a singer, an entire band was born. My love for music inspired this series, as well as real-life musicians I enjoy following and admire.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
I did all sorts of research for these books. From learning everything I could about Nashville and it’s different neighborhoods to learning about music, tours, the process of getting signed by a label. You name it, I probably googled it. I also researched military life for Love You Through It since Bri’s husband was a fallen soldier, as well as some single-parent legal research for All of You.
Was it always meant to become a series?
It actually wasn’t. Lovin’ on You was supposed to be a standalone, and for a few months it was, until the rest of the band members and their stories kept coming to me. I am so happy it became a series and I had the opportunity to explore and develop these characters, their stories, and get to know them better.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
Oh man, I don’t know if I can call my day typical. It depends on what I have going on if I write in the morning or handle some administrative work in the morning. While I’m working on a book, I do set aside some time to write. I’ll usually set a word count goal (about 2000/day) and if I surpass that, then even better. I do remain flexible in my schedule/routine. If the story is speaking to me, I keep writing. I will hang on to that inspiration because you never know when writer’s block will it. And it does.
I have a desk space in my room where I write. My books are here, journals, and anything I need to work. Always, with a cup of coffee.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
I do! I’m actually working on a series that will release late 2019/early 2020. I don’t have titles yet, but I am currently writing the second book. It’s small-town, friends-to-lovers romance and the brother of a country music artist whose book is the first in the series. However, I do have a spin-off of Rebel Desire and Memories of Us coming mid 2019!
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
Really important! I’m so picky. I’ll search and search until I find the right name. I do like to read meanings for names, but it’s more so like naming a child. (I think, though I’m not a mother.) I choose names that fit my characters—their looks, backgrounds, personality. You know when you see someone and think, “He must be a John. He looks like a John.”? It’s that type of process.
Where do your ideas come from?
Real life inspires me, but I’m also a daydreamer. What if is a big inspiration. What if I met and fell in love with a famous musician? (A girl can dream, right? lol) I do like to keep the real-life aspect to my stories so I pull from personal experiences.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
I would love to try paranormal romance. It used to be a no-no for me, but I’ve had an idea for almost two years now, and I may just have to write it one day!
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Distractions. I’m easily distracted, so I can spend hours doing anything else, or staring at a wall. Social media is the biggest struggle.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I have never done a trailer for my books, but I love them. It’s fun to see the book come to life, even if just pieces of it, in the form of a video.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
I would have to say publishing. When I was younger I would write and be too embarrassed to show anyone. I would protect my words and guard them. Taking the step to actually show people what I’ve written took me a bit, and I’m proud of having taken off that mask and shared my writing.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
I have met so many amazing people that would still be strangers today if it weren’t for being an author. Readers, authors, bloggers have all become friends. Some of the closest people in my life have become just that because of publishing.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Writing more books, taking a risk into other genres, and hopefully having connected with more readers.
Have you always liked to write?
Fun fact: I actually used to hate writing until I was in the 8th grade and assigned a poetry project. All of a sudden, it was like a well was open and words continued to pour out of me. Being in a phase in my life that wasn’t easy, writing was exactly what I needed to deal with the world around me.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Don’t let fear hold you back, and be prepared to work for it. Publishing is challenging many days, constantly changing, but it’s worth it.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
I’d be a counselor. I love working with people and guiding them to heal.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I do! I read them all, and hope to learn from them and become a better writer with the feedback I receive. Being objective is key to reading those bad reviews. Don’t get me wrong, they still hurt at times, but I remind myself it’s not about me as a person, but about my work. Not everyone is going to like what I write, and that’s okay. I don’t like everything I read. As long as the review isn’t hurtful or offensive, it’s important to remember that it’s about someone else’s perspective of the written language.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
Covers! I love working with covers. Well, not me but my designer. lol Art is something that has been a part of my life for many years, so coming up with cover ideas is fun for me, and it helps to break away from the more linear aspects of publishing. It allows for the creative juices to flow. I also love the entire writing process. Having the freedom to create a story and explore the depth of characters and emotions is liberating.
What are you working on now?
Like I mentioned, I’m currently on book 2 of what will most probably be a 4 book series. All interconnected standalones. I’m also preparing my next release, Promise You, which is a spin-off of my Rebel Desire Series and Memories of Us.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
Here is a small teaser of my spring release!
“We’re just gettin’ started. I’ve got all the time in the world to win you over. I don’t know who broke your heart, but I promise to hold the pieces with care until you’re fully healed.”
—Promise You by Fabiola Francisco
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
I love love stories. I think showing the power of love, hope, and spreading that around helps make the world a little better. All of my stories have some kind of romance, whether women’s fiction or contemporary romance, so it helps to stay balanced in that sense. I do balance between lighter reads and more emotional heavy ones depending on my mood.
Where did your love of books come from?
Growing up, I didn’t like to read. It always felt forced. I didn’t have a chance to choose the stories I could relate to. Once I was in high school, that changed. We started to read books and short stories that I resonated with. That helped me really appreciate literature and love the stories I would read.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
I love The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
This is a tough question. How do I choose just one?! At the moment, Navia from All My Truths & One Lie. She’s a reflection of me in all aspects.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
It energizes & calms me. It feeds me and makes me come alive while also grounding me.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Insecurities. I start to second-guess an idea, a scene, a plot. I compare it to my other books and question it’s value.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I try to be more original. It doesn’t always happen, but I like to keep some unique aspects.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I have quite a few I’ve grown close to in the last few years. To name a few—Rachel Blaufeld and Christy Pastore. They’ve been there for me from the beginning of my publishing career and have made sure I stay true to myself and don’t give up.
Ashley Erin, AD McCammon, Brittany Holland, and Cary Hart are some others that I’ve built friendships with. When my insecurities get the better of me, I know I can count on them to talk me off the ledge or give me a reason to jump off <~ kidding on that last part.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
All My Truths & One Lie.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
I’d love to connect with readers! They connect with me here:
Reader Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/FabReads/
Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/authorfabiolafrancisco
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️
Thank you for interviewing me!