About Stella Francis Faulkes:
I love to read and am spellbound by political intrigue and conspiracies… especially those that have a foundation in reality. I am a political junkie and have a deep interest in the history of organized labor in this country and how it has impacted the politics of the world in general. I live with my husband and two German Shepherd puppies – Zeus and Mars.
When writing Clandestine, I had filed FOIA requests with the CIA and forgot to tell my husband. My request documents arrived while I was out of town on business and my husband called my asking why we were receiving documents with redacted wording. I replied, “honey, remember when I told you I was a consultant?”.
I had fun writing this book and I hope that I produce a quality book that meets the standards of my readers. I know how disappointed I get when I read a book that just doesn’t quite measure up.
What inspires you to write?
I love reading and so it just seemed natural at one point I would move to writing. I see the world as if its a book to be written. In my mind as I observe my surroundings or activities, my thoughts will process this in a manner one would see printed in a book. Every experience is translated into how it would work in the plot line of a book. I like complexity of people and wanted to create characters that had human elements. Characteristics of both bad and good, because not everyone is 100% good. So sometimes you are cheering for someone and then on the next page your like “what a jerk”.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am a seat of the pants writer. My characters developed personalities as a write. They and the story line are as much of a surprise to me as they are to the reader. People would ask me as I was writing how the book would end and I would say don’t know. The personalities in my book also developed along with the plot. None of them ended up as I first pictured them in the beginning.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I do both. I talk to them, listen to them, and as the story developed, I become them.
What advice would you give other writers?
This is a tough business and as an independent author, the deck is stacked against you no matter how great your talent. My advise is to keep going for the sheer joy of telling a story. It seems that no one wants to give you a shot, so what. If you enjoy writing, keep writing, keep creating new stories.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I am self published. I chose this route because I didn’t have the patience to spend months or even years trying to get someone to look at my work, nor was I feeling the urge to grovel in front of an agent. While I may never be Tom Clancy, I still experience the fun of bringing a good tale to life. Publishers and agents only seem to have eyes for no risk proven authors. Also, a friend of mine had her work purchased only to have the publisher decide not to publish. I didn’t want to lose my book that way.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I hope that self published authors start getting more exposure. To be looked at by the New York Times and other mainstream critics. I think that ebooks and digital formats open the door to many authors with wonderful new storylines. I think this will raise the bar on quality and creativity. People are not locked into only what the conventional publishers select for them to read.
What do you use?: Professional Editor
What genres do you write?: Fiction poliotical intrigue, thriller, action
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print
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