Interview with John Francois

What do you write that might interest me to buy your book?
If you like historical fiction, and you like a fast-moving story with characters you can care about, the novel, Carrier-of-Bones will fulfill that requirement. The two main characters, Jean-Claude and Louis, two 15 year-olds from Louisiana, find themselves on their own in 1761 in the upper Ohio valley in the middle of the unrest and uncertainty fomented by the French and Indian War. They allow themselves to be adopted into a Seneca Indian family and quickly adapt to their new environment. After great hardships and bloody adventures, they manage to finish their jouney which had taken them into the northeast in the first place (that of returning the remains of the mother of Jean-Claude to the family cemetery in Acadie, Canada).
What do you feel is important that readers should know about you?
That I am not just a name in the ether, but a person with writing stats and awards. I was born a Cajun country boy in Acadia Parish, Louisiana, learned to speak and write English correctly, graduated first in my high school class and went on to receive an officer's commission in the U.S. Navy. I served in Newport, R.I., Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and New Orleans, LA. Later, I resigned my commission to teach history in the some of the high schools of the Department of Defense Schools overseas in Newfoundland and Germany.
My interest is in writing novels set in an interesting historical era (the American Revolution, "The March"; the War between the North and the South, "Cajun Fire"; Reconstruction in Louisiana, "Cajun Knights"; the French and Indian War, "Carrier-of-Bones"; Chief Pontiac's ill-fated rebellion, "Pontiac"; and the French Revolution of 1848, "Revolutions". The research required to make the story as authentic as possible with real and imagined characters of each these periods puts the readers in the middle of the action, entertaining them while learning about that particular historical era without their being aware that this is a real living history lesson.
You can learn more about my novels at my website,
How do you approach cover design?
I use real pictures on my covers, actual people, places and events.
What are your favorite books?
Historical fiction novels, of course. I have read most of the books of what Pulitzer Prize winner Kenneth Roberts wrote, and other such writers of historical fiction. Because of what Roberts wrote, I have a new understanding and sympathy for Benedict Arnold, who got a raw deal from the Continental Congress and some of its members. Because of the jealousy and smallness of such men who disliked him, they turned a hero and Washington's best field general into a traitor.
Published 2016-01-23.
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 117,610. Language: English. Published: January 10, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
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Jean and his friend, Louis, both 15, leave Louisiana in 1761 with Jean's father to return the remains of his mother and younger brother to the family graveyard in Acadie. When the father dies before reaching Acadie, they must finish the dangerous journey alone. Beset by dangers along the way, they must face the wrath of a Seneca warrior who vows to kill them when they return.