My life was shattered when I walked in to find my parents being murdered.
He almost got me, too. The killer, I mean. The police say it was a home invasion,
but I don’t believe it. I just wish the nightmares would stop. The same thing
every night, reliving it. Tripping over something…my dad’s body. Hearing my mother
scream. I can’t take this anymore!
So I run. I run to forget. I run to get away.
And then I meet Josh. He helps me forget, for a while, anyway.
He’s absolutely perfect.
Or is he…
Targeted Age Group:: 15 and up
How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
I consider my books YA thrillers (although MANY adults have enjoyed my books as well). I think the biggest difference in YA is the stories move very quickly. Description is limited to that which is necessary to make the reader see and feel what you see and feel as you write.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
I’d like to offer something new and unique, but the best advice I have is a little on the boring side – WATCH YOUR GRAMMAR. Nothing will make an avid reader (or agent or publisher) throw a book aside as quickly as poor grammar will.
Fran Veal fell in love with the book Little Women in the third grade, and that was the spark that ignited her desire to write. If Jo could write then she felt she could, too. Her first attempt at writing stories was in the fifth grade when she began writing and drawing a cartoon for her friends. The drawing, to be honest, was terrible, but the stories must have been pretty decent because a friend recently informed her she’d kept some of them because “she always knew Fran would be a writer someday. Fran graduated to writing romance in ninth grade, which was more interesting and, no, there were no pictures (much to the readers’ relief).
It wasn’t until Fran had a teen daughter of her own that she actually began writing again. Finding My Escape was her debut novel. The sequel, Finding My Way Back will be released August 23, 2013 with the third and final book in the series coming out in early 2014. She’s also working on a comedy geared more toward adults, Five Strikes, with fellow writer, Bryden Lloyd.
Fran currently resides in the beautiful city of Murfreesboro, TN with her husband of twenty-seven years, fifteen year old daughter, and one extremely snarky cat.What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of dreams. When I was younger, I imagined that my dreams, which were SPECTACULAR, were real, and my real life was the dream. That idea inspired the world of Valeria, a place accessed through your dreams.
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