Interview with Frances Helusky

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I remembering reading was Moby Dick. I was six years old and as I read the story I became part of it. With friends and siblings we play acted the story for days. We drove my mother crazy with " here she blows!"
How do you approach cover design?
I think of it, as a painting that expresses the message of the content of the book.
What do you read for pleasure?
I like mysteries because they are challenging and I enjoy following the clues. As a child my favorite game was treasure hunt.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Networking through social media, as well as presentations.
Describe your desk
Cluttered. In addition I have a shoe box full of napkins, post it and little pieces of paper/envelopes with my thoughts. I have this box in car.
When did you first start writing?
Early in life I was a verbal story teller. Later, I realized that writing my thoughts would expand my audience.
What's the story behind your latest book?
"An Angel in the Making", is a promise I made my daughter Charlie when she was dying. She felt that a near death- experience I had as a young woman, helped her lose the fear of dying and wanted me to share it, with all the other angels in the making.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
My dad was in the US military stationed in the Canal Zone in Panama, during World War II. I have lived in several countries and states. The Canal Zone will be the setting for a spy novel I will be writing next year. Knowing different cultures and languages has helped me be more aware of world affairs.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
When I went through the traditional channels, I realized that they offered very little to the author.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Providing a fair platform to showcase my work.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing is to express my feelings and expand my imagination. Just like a painter with his/her brush strokes.
What do your fans mean to you?
They are very important to me, because they are the audience that enjoy, encourage and support my work. I like to connect with them and get their feedback.
What are you working on next?
My next book is a picture book. It's a rebuttal to the experts that say near death experience is caused by oxygen deprivation. The title is in the works.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Just the fact that I am alive. I don't take this for granted.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like to travel, reading, gardening, socializing with friends, visiting with family, movies/theater, volunteering.
Published 2014-09-12.
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