Today I am interviewing fellow Kiss of Death member C. F. Francis. Francis writes romantic suspense featuring strong women and alpha males who protect the ons they love. C.F. Francis shares about what influences her writing.
Tell us a little about yourself
I am a native Floridian, born in Tampa and raised in Hollywood, Florida. I’ve lived in most every part of this tropical state including Tallahassee where I did a stint as the committee secretary for the Select Committee on Organized Crime which helped develop Florida’s RICO statute at the time.
Before becoming a full-time author, I was an executive assistant with a diverse background in law, insurance, tourism and health care. Through the help of a website dedicated to assisting troops that are deployed (AnySolider.com), I developed friendships with those who have served in the Special Forces and Military Intelligences. They are generous and helpful with their knowledge when I tap them for research. I currently live in Southwest Florida where Sanctuary Island takes place
How much research do you do for each book you write?
Once I come up with an idea for a plot, I check with my resources to make sure it is feasible. Then I just run with it. If I have a question along the way, I’ll stop and ask. Sometimes, that means I’ll have to backtrack if I got it wrong but most of the time I have the since to look before I leap. I live in the area where the novels take place. Researching locations at the beach is a tough job. NOT!
Can you tell us about any other upcoming books, series, or writing plans?
The James Gang series (of which Sanctuary Island was the first installment) is about a team of Special Forces men who get involved in as much trouble off the battlefield as they do on it. In Lovers Key, Lt. Steve Brody and his “wife” must solve a mystery that she has landed smack in the middle of. They have an interesting past.
How did you come up with the title?
The title, Lovers Key, is a double entendre. Steve and Josie are lovers and she holds the key to the mystery. One of the major locations in the book is Lovers Key, a State Park just south of Sanibel Island.
What are you working on now?
Lovers Key is at the editor’s. I assume there will be some rewrites but I am hoping to have that out this fall. In the meantime, I’m working on the third installment of The James Gang. Haven’t settled on a title yet.
Catherine Storm has returned to Sanibel Island. She seeks the tranquility and solitude that her favorite getaway spot has always offered while she struggles with decisions she must make regarding her career and her future. The last thing Cat expects is to find herself in the arms of a troubled, former Special Forces commander – while dodging an assassin’s bullets.
After more than a decade in the Army, Colton James put down his rifle and picked up his camera to block out the haunting images of his last mission in Afghanistan. His days of protecting the innocent are behind him – or so he thinks until he literally runs into the short-tempered, independent pixie who has unwittingly become the target of a killer.
Who wants Cat dead and why? While they search for answers, Colt knows he must do everything in his power to keep this woman safe – because whether she realizes it or not, her future lies with him.