Francois Houle


François Houle’s books can best be described as character-driven stories that explore the importance that love, family, and friends play in helping us get through the many imperfections and challenges that life has to offer. François grew up one of five boys so it’s no surprise that family is a strong theme in his books. A lot of his inspiration for his first two novels "It Happened to Us" and "Beautiful Midnight" and his two novellas "We Became Us" and "Broken Hearts" came from the passing of his father in 2005.

François grew up in a small town outside of Montreal, moved to Toronto when he was ten, and currently lives in Ottawa. An avid reader from a young age, he tried to create a comic book when he was twelve, penned hundreds of song lyrics as a teenager, and wrote his first novel in 1985, a sci-fi influenced by the novel "Dune." Several horror novels followed, and although none of these books will ever be published, they were important in his development as an author.

In 1985, at the age of 22, he graduated from college with a Programmer/Analyst diploma and then went into the ice cream business with his family, owning three Baskin-Robbins franchises for about 6 years. In 1991, he started his IT career which now spans 27 years, and from 2003 – 2017, he was a Certified Professional Resume Writer.

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Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I was twelve. I started writing and drawing my own comic book during the summer of 1975 and managed to create 6 pages (the drawing part took a lot of time). Then I started grade 7 in September, my interests changed, and I never got back to that comic book (but I still have those 6 pages). Throughout high school I wrote lyrics for probably more than a hundred songs (I still have them all in a binder). I’m not a musician but at the time I’d wanted to learn to play the guitar. The first novel I wrote was a sci-fi and it took me two years to write (1985-1987). I had no idea what I was doing, but after I wrote it, I knew I had to write more, learn (I read a lot of books on fiction writing over the years), practice to get better, and hope that someday I would see my work published. Smashwords has helped me make that dream come true.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When I write a scene that comes alive, where I totally identify with what is happening to the characters. When I get that feeling I know I’ve written something really good and hope that when readers read that scene that they will also experience that feeling. When I write, I can't think of the book as a whole because that's too big. It's easier to think in terms of scenes, and then work each scene until it's as good as it can be, and then move on. When we read we read scenes, we remember great scenes. They are the building blocks of a story. So that's my goal, to write the best scenes that I can, and repeat until I reach the end of the story I want to tell.
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Where to find Francois Houle online

Where to buy in print


Beautiful Midnight
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 86,990. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Literature » Literary
As unassuming as Jamie Sullivan in A Walk to Remember, fifteen-year-old Midnight Madison will also steal your heart. "Beautiful Midnight" is a contemporary love tragedy that will show you the depth of a broken heart, the hopes of new love, and the lingering legacy of a young woman’s unstoppable spirit. Get "Beautiful Midnight" today!
Broken Hearts
Price: Free! Words: 25,390. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family
First Love. Heartbreaking Endings. "Broken Hearts," a prequel novella to "It Happened to Us," is a modern-day love story for all ages that explores first teenage crush and heartbreaking endings. Grab your copy of "Broken Hearts" today and get to know the Delacroix and Weatherly families in the months leading to the day that changed their lives forever.
We Became Us
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 26,610. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Do You Believe in Second Chances? "We Became Us," a prequel novella to "It Happened to Us," is a tender story of hope and second chances between two people who have become a little wary and disillusioned of ever finding true love. Grab your copy of "We Became Us" today and fall for Mathieu and Lori-Anne.
It Happened to Us
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 59,950. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Can she let go of her guilt? Can he forgive her before he loses her too? "It Happened to Us" is a beautifully written and true to life depiction of the struggle, the pain, and ultimately the healing that follows the worst tragedy all parents fear. Grab your copy of "It Happened to Us" today!

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