Frances Devine is first a Christian, second a Mom, grandmother and great grandmother. After that, the most important thing in her life is books. Like most authors, she can’t remember when she didn’t love to read. Right from the beginning, she was crazy about mysteries. When Frances was in her sixties, she decided it would be fun to write them and the Miss Aggie series was born. Since then she has written three novellas and is currently working on her eighth historical romance novel for Heartsong Presents. A native Texan, she still loves that great state, but when she moved to Missouri in 1984, she fell in love with the changing seasons, the trees and hills. Many of her books are set in the Missouri Ozarks.
Congratulations on the release of “Patterns of Love” in Threads of Love. Is this your first/only release? If not, what has released recently or about to be released that our readers would like to know about?
I’ve had three cozy mysteries and six Heartsongs already released. My latest is White River Sunrise. Two others coming out in 2012 are Whisper of the Wind and Scent of Magnolia, also Heartsong novels. I’ve had two previous novellas released, but they’re out of print. Another is coming out in 2013 called Threads of Love. All about romance, mystery and quilts. Here’s a link for White River Dreams and the one for Windy City Dreams, a compilation of my first three Heartsong books through Romancing America. The Miss Aggie cozy mystery series will rerelease in March and April on Kindle.
What special something do you try to bring to every story you write?
I like a little bit of mystery or adventure.
What does a typical writing day look like for you?
When I’m on schedule, I work from eleven to two. Early morning is my favorite time of day and I don’t like to give it up. When I’m on deadline I set a word count and write until I meet it.
How does your day job help your creative process?
I’m retired, so writing is my day job.
What’s the most off-the-wall piece of research you’ve ever done?
I do most of my research on the internet, so nothing off-the-wall.
How do you deal with the stress of being an author?
I waited nearly sixty years for my dream to come true so there’s not a lot of stress. Sometimes friends forget that writing is a job and it can be stressful when people drop in unexpectedly, but that doesn’t happen often anymore.
What’s the best part about writing for you?
Getting a new idea and developing it is exciting and most of the time I love research. The hardest? Disciplining myself to write when I’d rather be doing something else.
What books influenced or changed your perspective on life/helped you grow up?
I was born in 1940. Believe it or not, I heard nothing about the holocaust until I was 19 or 20, which would have been about 15 years after the war. Apparently people couldn’t bear to talk about it or they were careful not to speak of it in front of children. When I read Leon Uris’s book, Exodus, it totally shocked me and I’ve never gotten over it. I hope I never do.
What food loves do you and your character(s) have in common?
Coffee and pastry.
What’s your favorite Bible verse and why does it mean a lot to you?
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path. Proverbs 3: 5, 6.
What are five random facts your readers probably didn’t know about you–until today?
Here’s one: I’m a trekkie.
Where or how do you like to connect with your readers?
Thanks so much for introducing yourself to our readers, Frances!
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