I’m interviewing Lucinda Sue Crosby, author of romance / suspense “Francesca of Lost Nation”.
1) Please tell us about yourself.
I have had a passionate love affair with words since I accidently taught myself to read at age 3. Surrounded by friends and family all wonderfully gifted at storytelling, my present occupation seems like a foregone conclusion. Currently, I have 5 books on Amazon: Francesca of Lost Nation (Kindle bestseller and winner of 5 literary awards); The Adventures of Baylard Bear (children’s book gently discussing adoption and being “different”); Why is Pookie Stinky?(, co-written with Laura Dobbins, my newest release – children’s rhyming book); Sell More Ebooks (co-written with Laura Dobbins, this guide to online marketing is an international award winner and Kindle bestseller); Water in the West; the scary truth about our most precious resource
2) Tell us about your book.
In the summer of 1947, a 59-year-old- woman and her precocious and plucky 10-year-old granddaughter, Sarah, share the adventures of a lifetime in small town Iowa. Together, they encounter barnstorming pilots, are menaced by an escaped arsonist, wow Clinton County Fair-goers, conquer the skies and demonstrate to one another the greatest truth about love. Be on the lookout for a July-October romance and quirky small-town characters. This book has been downloaded over 32,000 times and has won five literary awards. On Amazon, this book has earned over 112 reviews, overwhelmingly 5 star.
3) What inspired you to write Francesca of Lost Nation?
My grandmother, Frances Ella Pittschtick Mendenhall, was the best friend I ever had. She was quite the daring and unconventional person, especially considering she was born in the 1890s. Like the lead character in this novel, Frances was born and raised in small town Iowa, was a dirt track county fair race car driver who never lost, was a pro caliber poker player and was the first woman in her county to attend college. How could you not write a book about a woman like that?
4) How much time per week do you spend writing / editing your work?
I am usually simultaneously working on magazine pieces (a super senior series about active folks 85 and older and/or restaurant profiles), polishing manuscripts for other writers (as part of my business, LuckyCinda’s, packaging services), a children’s book series (our Silly Puppy series) , a second online marketing guide (both these with my marketing director, Laura Dobbins) and The Next Novel. My word count depends entirely on my deadline schedule. I don’t procrastinate, however. In fact, I write so much because I can’t help it. I am a good writer but a brilliant rewriter!
5) If you could meet three authors, which authors would you choose?
Living? P.D. James. Her ability to develop the character, to explore why people do what they do, is unparalleled in my experience. I’d enjoy one last conversation with acclaimed but now deceased sports columnist and Pulitzer winner, Jim Murray, who has influenced my writing GREATLY. And maybe a Brit – it’s probably a tie among Agatha Christie, Jane Austin, Shakespeare. (Not Dickens, I hear he was an ass …)
6) What are you working on at the moment?
I have a novel to be released soon: The Cancer Club; a crazy, sexy tail of survival. Based on the real experiences of a select few cancer survivors and victims (including my own cancer episode in 1991), it takes an unprettified look at how a woman sloggingly and exhaustingly survives breast cancer and then stubbornly reclaims her self – her soul, her sexuality, her confidence, her LIFE. It is, hopefully, raw, thought provoking, scary and hilarious.
Francesca of Lost Nation
Author: Lucinda Sue Crosby
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Winner of Four Literary Prizes / Author selected as one of “50 Authors You Should be Reading” by The Authors Show online media outlet
This family saga is “funny at times and filled with little pearls of everyday wisdom, it is as much a romantic thriller as it is a perfect little capsule of a time gone by. It is a book about love of all kinds – between grandmother and child, between child and dog, between man and woman.”
If you like Old Fashioned Romance Reads similar to Norah Roberts or Kristin Hanna for kindle, you will want to add this one to your collection:
Here’s a little about the story:
When a mysterious man named Matthew appears in the small Iowa town of Lost Nation, his sudden arrival raises questions about his past. Quiet with an apparent taste for rum, Matthew makes it clear he doesn’t want to make friends. He isn’t too pleased to be dropped off at Home Farm where the independent and eccentric Francesca doesn’t accept bad manners or booze binges.
Matthew doesn’t want to form personal ties and intends to move on as soon as his damaged leg from a recent plane crash heals. But a series of events draw him into reluctant relationships: One with the feisty Francesca, the second with her 10-year-old granddaughter Sarah.
In spite of her own reservations, Francesca finds herself falling for this brooding pilot but his past looms between the pair and what neither knows is that Sarah, Francesca’s 10-year-old granddaughter, has encountered a stranger of her own … leading to a climatic confrontation that will put her and her grandmother’s life in danger.
Those that enjoy family sagas or family drama will also embrace this story
There are plenty of eccentric characters, including Francesca who is quirky and full of secrets – she keeps the town gossips busy. There are some dramatic family dynamics that cause tension and uneasiness at times. Because the story is told through the wide-eyed 10-year-old Sarah, this romance mystery is humorous at times.
Readers love this kindle romance fiction, because it has a touch of everything: friendship, humor, romance, adventure and mystery.
Lucinda Sue Crosby is an International Kindle Bestselling author and award-winning journalist and environmentalist as well as a published and recorded Nashville songwriter. She’s also a former film and television actor, professional athlete and sports commentator. Lucinda Sue has always had a love affair with the written word.