Francine Biere

Biography

Francine Biere resides in Sierra Vista, Arizona, where she and her husband, Chuck, have lived for more than thirty years. Francine is an award-winning journalist, editor, and photojournalist, with articles and photographs published in regional newspapers and Christian magazines in Arizona and Europe. She's written travel columns and feature articles for secular publications. Francine is, an award winning public speaker and was one of Arizona's Outstanding Young Women of America. 


She was first published in her hometown newspaper when she was 10 years old and had written a Thanksgiving poem. That's all it took to ignite a passion that's still going strong.

She is a committed Christian whose relationship with God is the most important thing in her life and believes her writing and photography are gifts her Creator wants her to use.
She has several blogs, "Words From the Heart," "The Storyteller," and "Heart's in Ireland."

She sums up her writing with a quote by Frederick Buechner: "The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet."
In her first contemporary suspense novel, "Death in the Desert," set in Cochise County, Arizona, journalist Meagan Wagner thought she could find safety after September 11th in her beloved southwest. She was wrong.

Francine also has a deep love of the Southwest and has recently published the first in the Discovering the West series of historical booklets, "Tombstone ... More Than a Legend." It's a walking tour of historic Tombstone. She is currently working on the second booklet, "Fort Huachuca ... Step Back in Time." Both will be published as ebooks in the near future.

Smashwords Interview

"Death in the Desert" is about illegal immigration. Do you think that the controversy surrounding that subject will negatively affect your book?
I think there are enough people in this country who believe in a humanitarian ethic and will enjoy the book. While it's fiction, it's dealing with a very real social issue. And maybe those who don't feel that way will change their minds after reading my book. It was initially published by a small publisher as a trade paperback and many who read the book had exactly that reaction. It's also about dealing with fear which is something everyone faces. For the main character, Meagan Wagner, after being in Washington, D.C. on 9-11, fear began to rule her life.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has given me the opportunity to distribute my eBook everywhere. And it was relatively easy. Every author should investigate the opportunities Smashwords offers.
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Books

Death in the Desert
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 133,270. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
After 9/11, Meagan Wagner thought she could find security by returning to the tranquility of Arizona. She was wrong. Instead, she witnesses tragic human suffering and discovers the horrors of smuggling and dying immigrants in the parched desert. When innocent people are killed, she knows something has to be done. But will she risk her career and her integrity to expose the truth?

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