Interview with Francine Paino

When did you first start writing?
I don't think I had a clear "starting" point. I have always enjoyed getting words down on paper. My desire to write, to tell stories, entertain or educate has grown over time. When I worked with arts organizations the challenges of writing grants and press releases further stimulated my love of conveying ideas through writing. I enjoyed promoting the organizations for which I worked. In 2011, I decided it was time to challenge myself in another direction. I created a story, this one fiction, that arose from twenty years of experience with the people, the passions, and the natural environment for high-drama in the worlds of ballet and theater. It resulted in my first manuscript, To Live and Die for Dance.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is to successfully build a story structure from an idea or inspiration. In addition, I am very pleased when readers relate to something I've written and enjoy the story.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans, in the form of readers are very important to all writers. They are the people in whose minds our words paint images that tell our stories.
What are you working on next?
My next book comes right out of the time and place where I was born and grew into adulthood. We are all products of our early environment whether we embrace it or try to break free of it.
I was born and raised in an Italian-American community in Corona, New York. Italians were among the last immigrants to come here with a burning desire to assimilate. At the turn of the 20th century, the largest influx of Italians came to America with only one hope: to be able to earn a living and make better lives for themselves and their children. When they arrived, they were not welcomed; they bore their share of discrimination. Their response to life in America was a varied as the people themselves. Most fought hard to overcome the obstacles of language, poverty and discrimination and become upstanding citizens in their new country. Others were embittered by the treatment they received and sought alternate means to achieve their ends.
My next book is an adult crime novel set in Corona in the 1950s. Four lives are linked through family and friendship. Each of them has their own goals and ambitions and each harbors bitter memories, failures and disappointments. It is the boundless drive of two main characters to acquire wealth and power that drives the story and will result in crime, betrayal and death.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first full length book I remember reading was Anne of Green Gables. It was her search for acceptance and belonging that touched me in my young life. Those are elements that resonate with all of us as we search for acceptance and belonging in different ways throughout our lives.
Published 2014-08-31.
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Books by This Author

To Live and Die for Dance
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 49,920. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller and Suspense, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
Chelly Bernardi is driven by her desire to dance in spite of family pressure to go to law school. At the renowned Romanova Ballet Academy Chelly must overcome her own insecurities and work feverishly to impress the demanding director whose daughter Natasha was murdered. Natasha's ghost stays close watching and waiting. Is Chelly the new dancer who can help expose murder and treachery?