I’m interviewing Lucinda Sue Crosby, author of romantic suspense “Francesca of Lost Nation”. Enjoy the interview!
How long have you been writing?
I have been an inveterate storyteller most of my life, having spent my childhood surrounded by people who excelled at it. I have made my basic living as a writer in a number of genres (journalism; songwriting; presentation poetry; environmentalism; literature; children’s books, magazine features and restaurant profiles, etc.) for the past 20 or so years
Is Francesca of Lost Nation your first book? If not, please tell us a little about your first book.
It is my first book.
Why did you choose suspense as the genre for your book?
Interestingly, I never thought about is as suspense, per se. I simply wrote the story, much of which is based on the exploits of a flesh-and-blood woman (my grandmother, Frances Ella Pittschtick Mendenhall). In real life, my grandmother, like her namesake character, was born and raised in small town Iowa, played pro caliber poker, was a dirt track county fair race car driver who never lost, and the first woman in her county to attend college. The “suspense” was born out of my belief that lead characters need to find themselves in jeopardy during the narration – that they must overcome obstacles (and/or evil-minded people) to keep things interesting. Lost Nation is a real place, though not my grandmother’s birth place – that was Sac City … not too romantic sounding, is it? Conveniently, Lost Nation is located in Clinton County and its name also added another potential mystery to be solved.
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Yes. Read well written books and figure out why they are well written – and read lousy books and pinpoint their shortcomings. Proof by reading aloud – clunky dialogue, redundancy and confusing passages will practically leap off the page and into your discovery. Remember that your reader has invested time and money into this encounter as well as giving over their conscious selves into your hands. You owe them your respect and best work, pristine copy, ideas that matter on many levels, the truth as you and your characters know it – I think of this as a sacred trust or honor-bound contract.
Do you have any works in progress you’d like to tell us about?
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.