1. What would we find under your bed?
I lived in Japan for 3 years and loved using futons…so I sleep on a futon now in the US. It has done wonders for my back and I have a toddler and I just plop his mattress next to mine…no worries no fuss. So what will you find under my bed? Probably hidden toys and a children’s book or two…I don’t know how the kid fits them under there but he does.
2. If I came to visit early in the morning would you impress me as being more like a chirpy bird or a grumpy bear?
This really depends I LOVE being a morning person the sun is so beautiful in the early morning and it makes the day feel extra long…but these days I’ve been working really late and waking up around 8:30-9:30 and I’m so grumpy.
3. Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go?
Ireland or Scotland. It’s somewhere I really want to go as of late and I’m not sure why…I felt this way about Japan before I went there for three years—so if I get the money to go, Bon voyage! I probably won’t be back for at least two years.
4. Is there a piece of advice that you have received that has really stuck with you? If so, what was it?
Stay Authentic to your characters. Alan Heathcock is a phenomenal writer and an amazing mentor. He’s the one who opened my eyes to what story really means—and it’s that: Authenticity.
5. If you could select one book that you could rewrite and add your own unique twist on, which book would that be and why?
Frankenstein. I think I want to do “villain” retellings. Everyone always focuses on the “princesses” why don’t villains get any props?! I mean Frankenstein is so complex and heartbreaking…that story definitely needs be to told with a twist. I’m not sure how I’d twist it yet but I’m feeling a space opera coming on.
6. Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?
The Guardians series will make you question if you are the hero of your story. When you look in the mirror you will wonder, “how will history remember me—if it remembers me at all.”
ABOUT THE BOOK
The Keeper’s Vow
by Francina Simone
GENRE: YA Epic Urban Fantasy
All Katie Watts wants is to pass her junior-year, at Hamilton Private, with as little effort as possible—devoting time to knitting hats, breeding gerbils, becoming a movie critic, or even just sleeping. No wonder she isn’t ready for a world with vampires, werewolves, and nightmares.
Her life is shattered to pieces when Tristan gets stabbed in her front yard. She has no idea where he came from and worse, he hears her thoughts—and when she can’t take anymore, she starts to hear his. No one is who she thought they were. Her father is keeping secrets and when she searches for the truth, she ends up homeless.
As the truth claws its way to the surface, Katie and Tristan grow closer together and they find themselves connected in more ways than she can believe. But is honesty worth more than the peace blissful, ignorance brings? Especially if it sparks a chain of events that will end the lives of millions? Can she live with the truth that begins with her dead mother and ends with The Keeper’s Vow?
Werewolves and Lies
Mr. Heckler turned his attention to Tristan. “Why didn’t you call security? We have procedures for situations like this.”
“Do your procedures include letting three werewolves snatch a girl off her porch?”
Mr. Hecklers face turned purple. Spit flew out of his mouth as he spoke. “Innocent people could have been on these streets.”
“Well you should have been protecting them. You have procedures for situations like this.”
Mr. Heckler moved toward Tristan but thought better of it. “Watch it boy. As far as I’m concerned you’re the reason they were on this street!”
“He saved my life,” Katie said, feeling her own rage. Her heart still pounded from hearing a gun go off so close to her head.
“We wouldn’t have let anything happen to you. We would have—”
“Done nothing. I was in the back of that van. I was as good as dead without him. You didn’t even have the decency to show up until it was all over. Those wolves could have killed us.” She didn’t know if the fire she felt was from her pain or anger. How dare they blame him for what happened. How dare they look at him like he was a monster. Like he was a half-breed.
“Enough. Come inside, Katalina,” Tristan said, holding out his blood stained hand to her.
She grabbed it. The look of pure disdain on Mr. Heckler’s face did not go unnoticed. “The school does not look kindly upon discrepancies like this. We have procedures.”
“Bigot,” she shouted at him. Mr. Heckler stiffened and the street fell silent. All eyes were on her. The same expressions from the Christmas party. Shock, horror, and disgust.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Francina Simone is a writer of Epic Urban Fantasies brimming with Magic and Moral Ambiguity.
From the time Francina Simone entered kindergarten, she loved to read and share words with her friends. When she was in the fifth-grade, she was scared to read aloud and so the teacher concluded she wasn’t very good at reading—Francina read anyway.
Francina left her middle school book club behind for the daunting and exciting life as a high school freshmen. She was quickly told Young Adult books were childish and she should concern herself with finer literature—Francina read them anyway.
Francina waved good-bye to her high school life and strutted into University with her YA books and graphic paper to take notes. She witnessed the birth of a YA trend where publishers flocked to sell their stories to teens…stories that were underdeveloped and glaring with structural issues. The message she heard as a consumer was simple—common belief is YA readers aren’t good enough readers to discern quality stories or they are too childish to tell the difference.
Francina dropped her degree in chemistry and decided enough was enough—and set out to write the quality* stories her fellow readers deserved.
After her formative years she moved to Japan, with her best-friend and husband, land of some of the worlds best story-tellers and creators of unique manga. There she worked on her stories and the quest to understand what authenticity* in story means.
Now she lives in Boise with her husband, son, cat, and Catahoula. She spends most of her time battling the terrible-twos and puppy-dom. But when things are quiet—you can hear frantically typing away; her mind far away with her characters in their quest to make the right decisions in a world brimming with magic and moral ambiguity.
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