Hello my fellow little munchkins. How are you all doing? I am doing well. I took an astronomy test and I thought that I did worse on it than compared to the first test I took but I did better even though I didn’t study as much as I did the first time and had more areas within the test that I drew a blank on so either I am really good at guessing or I am smart. It’s obviously the first one 😂.
I just found out that I will be going to Disneyland for 4 days in October during my fall break and right after my second SAT so I really hope I do well and it even motivates me to do well. Plus, I am a Disney nerd so I am planning this trip out to the max.
Anyways, why don’t we get into this interview and information post already? Also, make sure to read until the end, you won’t regret it!
Interview of Francesca Burke:
What made you want to write this book?
I wanted to write fairy tales like the ones I read when I was little, with princess in big dresses and witches living in woodland cottages, but with the sort of storylines and characters I enjoy as an adult: diverse, feminist, funny.
What Hogwarts house would the main character of your book be sorted into?
Amelia’s a Gryffindor, Richard’s in Hufflepuff and Esme is probably a Ravenclaw.
While you were editing your book what were some thoughts that were going through your mind?
‘What in God’s name were you thinking when you wrote this?’ and/or ‘I’d forgotten this bit!’
Do you google yourself?
Yes, but only because my day job is in marketing and I know that people need to be able to find me on Google if they’re going to find my book!
How much research do you do for your books?
Quite a bit, but it’s usually accidental. I went to a local sea life centre to research the dragon part of ‘The Princess and the Dragon and Other Stories About Unlikely Heroes’, as I knew they had a caiman there and caimans are basically dragons. I happened to be visiting Barcelona when I was writing the ‘Princess and the Dragon’ and ‘Prince in the Tower’ parts of the novel. I really liked Antoni Gaudí’s architecture, so Lumiere basically became a city full of Gaudí buildings. Parts of the tower scenes in ‘The Prince in the Tower’ were heavily inspired by the castle at Montserrat in Barcelona.
I also visited Kefalonia when I thought I was completely done with the worldbuilding aspects of the novel. Then I walked into Melissani Cave, thought ‘this is what’s been inside my head!’ and rewrote a cave scene. I accidentally went to Argostoli in Kefalonia while I was there (I meant to go somewhere else and just didn’t get off the bus), and that became the setting for Laketown.
When did you decide you wanted to become a writer?
I was about 12 and I’d written a Maximum Ride fan fiction that wasn’t completely awful. Well, it was pretty bad, but it was also not terrible and I enjoyed writing it so much that I carried on with fan fictions and started experimenting with my own work. 10 years later I’m still experimenting.
Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?
I tend to write longhand into a notebook, reread and edit using a different coloured pen (so I can actually see the changes I’ve made, and revert them if necessary). Then I dictate onto my computer and make any more edits there.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
This one took me three years, ish. I started in spring 2016, left it in a drawer for most of 2017 and started on the current version on New Year’s Day 2018. The most recent round of edits were finished in spring of 2019.
Do you think the cover plays an important part of the buying process?
Yes, absolutely. Unfortunately I can’t afford to commission a cover yet; it’s one of the things I’ll be doing as and when we reach our goals on Patreon.
How do you market your books?
By doing blog tours! Give me a shout if you’re interested in joining this one, hint hint… I also use social media and am slowly adding information to my website.
Why did you choose said route?
I’m doing all the marketing for this book myself, so I have to use marketing channels that are cheap and/or free. I work in digital marketing for my day job, so I know what makes a good website. Blogs and social media are the best way to reach a YA audience anyway, as the online community is huge.
What is your favorite quote of your book?
No spoilers but I’m really pleased with the final line.
How can your readers discover more about you and your work?
The best place to visit is my website, FrancescasWords.com, as it has links to my stationery work and blog as well as to my stories. The prologue and first three chapters of ‘The Princess and the Dragon and Other Stories About Unlikely Heroes’ are completely free for everyone to read on my stories blog. Head straight to my Patreon page to read the rest! (Oh, and I name a character after all my patrons…)
Where do you see publishing going in the future?
Hopefully, there will be a lot more authors using sites like Patreon to share their work before approaching traditional publishers, or agents will look out for indie authors who are putting work out using their own initiative. I hope we see publishers and agents taking chances on diverse authors and unusual stories; sometimes it feels like the main bookshop in my town is full of celebrity cookbooks and autobiographies. I’d love to see publishers going for stories that might not be commercially successful but are brilliantly written or appeal to a niche audience.
About the Author:
Francesca Burke is a British writer and marketing consultant based in Southend-on-Sea. A travel enthusiast and collector of My Chemical Romance albums, she has written her blog, Indifferent Ignorance, since 2009, and sells sarcastic stationery under the moniker Francesca’s Words. Her hair is usually at least slightly purple.The Princess and the Dragon and Other Stories About Unlikely Heroes is her first novel.
Where to Find the Author:
News The Princess and The Dragon and Other Stories About Unlikely Heroes:
- Francesca is currently running a special offer for new patrons of the Tea & Biscuits ($3) tier and above until 9th August: all new and upgrading patrons will receive a short story from her. (The details are on her Patreon.)
- Francesca is sharing ‘The Princess and the Dragon and Other Stories About Unlikely Heroes’ on Patreon, with a new chapter up every fortnight until January 2020.
The author, Francesca Burke, is a self-published debut author who at least in my opinion would love some support for the production of the book in terms of she needs support through her Pateron to help with the makings of the book.
You will be able to see snippets of her book chapter by chapter until January and with even a single dollar it will push her goal that much more so then she may be able to get a e-book version or *crosses fingers* a physical copy of the book. I
f you would like to support the makings of her book than go check out her Pateron in the link within the interview and you can see a more in-depth answer to what your money would help do!