Interview with Frances Borell

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Coffee, the newspaper and my crossword puzzle.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I put my music CDs on first thing in the morning. Then weather permitting I am outdoors in my garden.
What is your writing process?
Just to sit down, be comfortable, and sit on my three season porch or patio and write.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first grade reader, Dick and Jane. I have loved books and reading since I was a tiny child. My favorite place in the world was the small library at my school.
How do you approach cover design?
I discussed it with my daughter and she created it. I wanted it to reflect the topic of my book, A Sense of Belonging. The most important thing in my life. It has kept be going through the good times and the most difficult.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My favorites are cookbooks, gardening, birds, and history. I grew up as a barefoot girl in a small town in Indiana. Food came from what we raised and what we grew. All meals were made from scratch so cookbooks have always been interesting. We also had huge gardens and orchards on our farm. Everything was fresh and we got to eat it as soon as we picked it or made it into wonderful pies. Flowers were also in abundance. My mother always had canaries in the house and her beloved chickens outside. History, since I am 91 years old, I have gotten to take part and watch so much history as it happened. I love books.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love a good mystery, Agatha Chistie, and many others. It is so much fun to see if I can figure out who did it and why before I get to the end.
Describe your desk
I sit in my favorite chair and write on a yellow legal tablet. I have a few photos and a cup of coffee on it. Sometimes a flower or plant. I don't need much on my desk because I have windows that look out on my own beautiful gardens.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Coesse, Indiana. It gave me the experiences that are featured in the first book I have written - A Sense of Belonging. My life in a small village surrounded by friends, family, and an abundance of pets gave me a sense of belonging that supported my perspective on life.
What's the story behind your latest book?
After watching a very sad scene unfold on the news. I began to wonder what may be lacking in some children's lives to create a need to grow up being mean and bullying. I began to review my childhood and how everyone was needed so that the family could survive. And in some cases not just the family but the neighbors and the village. This seems to be lacking today. So this is the journey back through my experiences growing up and how A Sense of Belonging gave me that ability to survive and live a life of hope, joy, and love.
Published 2016-09-10.
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Books by This Author

A Sense of Belonging
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 11,020. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Mental health
I am watching the news on TV. A young boy is standing before a judge. He has shot a fellow student due to bullying. What took place in this child's life to create this disastrous outcome? I knew that from the day I was born I had a sense of belonging, to my family, friends, school, church, and small village. My hope is that through my stories you will create a sense of belonging for your family.