Apr 162013

Thank you to the fabulous and talented Shanyn Hosier for inviting me to participate in the Next Big Thing Blog Hop. The blog hop serves to highlight new releases and introduce other authors. The blog consists of a series of questions about the author and his or her book. Here goes:

1. What is the working title of your book?

I currently have two in progress, Through the Darkness and The Ruins. (Or From the Ruins – I’m flip-flopping on that one. What do you think?)

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?

The concept of From the Ruins sprang from some of my own personal experiences and challenges – although not nearly as intense, nor including any threat of death, mind you. That one will be a lot more personal on some levels than my previous books. Through the Darkness developed as a result of a very bizarre and disturbing incident I had one night when awakened from sleep. Puzzling over it afterward (now, even years later) elicited other questions/puzzles I suppose I need to pursue perhaps for my own edification.  

3. What genre does your book fall under?

Both are romantic suspense with Christian elements.

4. What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

Hmmm. I’m not much of a movie watcher. Although I might recognize the face of many actors, I can’t remember their names for the most part. Despite that, definitely Sandra Bullock could play the role of Alyssa in Through the Darkness. Alyssa is much like many characters Ms. Bullock has played: sassy, joke-cracking, and kick-ass when she needs to be.

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

One sentence? Sorry, can’t do it.

Through the Darkness: Murder. Spirits. Love & Faith. Can Alyssa’s love lead Judd through it?

From the Ruins: When everything falls apart…to the point where life is on the line. Colin’s love has proven insufficient. Can newfound faith win Kristen back? Or will either of them survive?

6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I expect to self-publish both, primarily due to the difficulty placing a romantic suspense with Christian theme/elements in any particular genre or category. A little tough to market, it seems. Nonetheless, I hope readers will like my work and tell their friends.

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript? 

Still in process and incomplete. No telling. Although I do have my spurts, I am not a fast writer.

8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I haven’t read anything like what I write, so can’t think of anything to which to compare them.

9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?

While hoping I don’t come off as obscenely full of myself, I do believe that my drive/compulsion to write is prompted by God’s plan for me.

10. What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?

The fact they are inspirational but also include suspenseful romance and what I believe are real-life challenges and situations faced by fallible Christians co-existing in a world filled with non-Christians and those who are still on the fence. Ultimately, the message is that love is profoundly and universally powerful. My hope is to encourage and hearten readers of any faith.

Apr 012012

Hello World. Welcome to Annette Francine’s blog and thank you for visiting.

I’ll start by saying that I don’t consider myself particularly brilliant, wise, remarkable or interesting, so I feel pretty silly and uncomfortable posting a “blog”. But, I’m told by my friends and associates in the business that this is what an author must do to market his/her wares. I don’t know how often I’ll be posting updates (my life is just not that interesting), but feel free to check back whenever you please.

My philosophy: try to be a decent human being, and try to leave this world in better shape than I found it. You may find that a recurring theme in my stories.

Annette Francine

I reside in the metropolitan Phoenix area. After writing romantic suspense intended for traditional publishers, but unable to suppress the Christian themes and understories persisting in my stories, I fully subjected myself to my muse. My books are best described as sensual romance, involving fallible Christian and non-Christian characters, simmering in a broth of suspense.

While I truly hope my readers find my stories both encouraging and uplifting, in order to depict realistic characters and situations, and also stay true to the stories I feel driven to tell, my stories do include some explicit language and sexual content. In addition, my characters do not always portray and should not be expected to reflect good examples of Christian behavior nor my attitudes. I realize this risks offending some of my fellow Christians–although that is not my intention. I see my primary reader audience as non-Christian or “passive” Christian . . . someone who would not ordinarily pick up an “inspirational” book, but who I hope will be encouraged by the various stories’ messages to consider and investigate some conflict points a little deeper, and also explore Scripture directly to better understand the tenets and beliefs introduced by the Christian characters.  Ultimately, love and faith always triumph in the end.

Free online Bible studies are available–many with audio lessons downloadable at your convenience. A really good, Scripturally sound one I’ve found is Versebyverseministry.org.

It’s important to me to help others and improve the circumstances of those in need. At least half of the proceeds from my novels are donated to Samaritans Purse, Care, St Mary’s Food Bank, Salvation Army, and/or reputable Veterans’ assistance organizations. If you did not purchase my book(s), or have it/them purchased for you as a gift, please consider donating the equivalent funds to a reputable humanitarian charity. (This does not mean I’m giving you permission to pirate my work, though. All my work is copyrighted, so please obey the law.)

So, thank you again for your interest. Please feel free to send a comment. If you have a criticism to share, I promise to fully consider it and thank you for taking the time to write. God bless and guide you.