Interview with Fran Hinson

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, moving to the western and northern suburbs in later life to work and live. I have also lived and worked in London, Scotland, Canberra and now Victoria, so these chalk and cheese differences in life have all helped to broaden my outlook.
When did you first start writing?
I suppose I have written all my life, starting with holiday letters to grandparents and relatives as a child. Lots of family letters home while travelling followed, then copious assignments for study and work. I have kept a continuous diary since 1989. In 1985 I wrote a Paediatric Nursing textbook and ambitiously even undertook the photographs. When my busy life slowed and I found I had the time, I wrote two fiction books for pleasure. These two started out as one large book but decided to publish as two as it is a saga over 5 generations. I readily admit that writing is quite addictive and I get a great deal of pleasure from it.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The simple joy off being alive and curiosity as to what the day will produce - and of course, my husband.
What is your writing process?
I don't really have one except that I wait until I have a few hours spare so that my train of thought is interrupted as little as possible. I write as long as the story is there in my mind but I don't try and get it right first off. I edit only after I have finished a chapter and then re-edit many times after that as the story progresses. Pruning is as beneficial as it is in gardening - it encourages new growth and a fresh approach.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes I remember it clearly - it was Jemima Puddleduck and I knew it by heart although I'm not sure what impact it had on me as I was under 5 years of age. Simon the Coldheart by Georgette Heyer was another one - so romantic! There have been lots of them.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle and PC.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The escapism of it all. Creating life experiences you wish you had experienced in real life; righting life's wrongs and I suppose there is a bit of the"soap box" about it too. I have always felt the need to write so it has never been a chore even though it is sometimes hard work.
What do your fans mean to you?
I don't have any. My text book readers were satisfying but I guess they had to read it. However, I would like some for the fictional work.
Published 2014-01-21.
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Books by This Author

Sarahs Legacy
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 109,690. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
Henry Bellamy, his wife Emma and brother George are the founding members of a dynasty that spans five generations. ‘Sarah's Legacy’ is the second book in the Bellamy Dynasty Saga, following on from ‘A Land of Chance’ and set against a backdrop of Australian history from 1855 to 1951.
A Land of Chance
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 84,500. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
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Henry Bellamy, his wife Emma and brother George are the founding members of a dynasty that spans five generations. ‘A Land of Chance’ is a family saga set against a backdrop of Australian history from 1855 to 1951.