J.J. Francesco

Biography

For J.J. Francesco, the seeds of writing were planted with entering Reading Rainbow story contests as a young child. In the coming years, his writing often took unique forms – from making up his own Pokemon to imagining soap opera storylines in his head based off of anime characters. As a teenager, the writing moved to the page, starting with fanfiction, then serialized character dramas, and ultimately resulting in his first novels and short stories. “Mirror, Mirror,” was his first publication in the award-winning college literary magazine Limited Editions, with “Untitled Short Film” following in the next annual issue. Literary magazine Transient, published a third short story, “After School.” In 2014, J.J. published his debut novel, “Blood Chain,” through Rivershore Books. He also serves on the staff of the hit website, NewReleaseTuesday. J.J. lives in Philadelphia with his family.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Vaguely. I was like 5 or 6. It was for one of those Reading Rainbow contests they used to have for kids. I guess even then I dreamed of having my book in print. The story had something to do with a chicken. Unfortunately, we lost it in a computer crash. This was before things were backed up regularly so that one was lost. But I did always have stories brewing in my head for as long as I can remember, and it all helped to shape me into somebody who can't help but tell stories.
What is your writing process?
Something sparks a story in my head and it develops over time enough to the point where I can't help but write it out. And if there's enough fuel in that tank to get to the finish line, then I have a completed draft. Beyond that, there is no process. There's just the story inside.
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Where to find J.J. Francesco online


Books

After School
Price: Free! Words: 10,400. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Coming of age
(5.00)
Sometimes the Lessons Don’t End When the Dismissal Bell Rings! When Dayana Forbes finds her introverted classmate Caleb in the aftermath of a brutal attack by another student, her view of her school as a safe haven is left shattered in smears of blood.
Blood Chain
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 96,570. Language: American English. Published: August 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
(4.00)
They Say Life Imitates Art, But Sometimes Death Imitates It Better. Dead bodies posed in imitation of paintings at a local art gallery are being left around a quiet New Jersey suburb. Whoever finds them first is the killer’s next target. Detective Julie Martel is out to break this chain of murder before another victim is taken, but will taking this case cost her the lives of everyone she loves?

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Smashwords book reviews by J.J. Francesco

  • Crystal White on July 02, 2012

    Crystal White by David DeLee proved to be an engaging and well-paced crime story from start to finish. There wasn’t too much that genuinely surprised me, but it was all written well enough to make it an enjoyable read. Some of the lesser characters felt underdeveloped and a bit on the stereotypical side, but the leads (Lafferty, Del, and Caitlin) resonated enough with me. There’s enough intrigue to keep some suspense around throughout the story. It all felt kind of familiar, but not enough to make me feel cheated. DeLee can tell a story quite well and I hope that he’ll only improve with each subsequent release.