MEET KRISTIN FRANCOEUR

aka Anna Belle Rose

Kris/Anna Belle is a graduate of Middlebury College, Castleton University and Union Institute. She lives on their small family farm in Central Vermont with her husband and youngest son. When not writing, she enjoys time with her husband, children and grandchildren, traveling, gardening, cheering for the Red Sox, and taking care of her alpacas, bees and chickens. Kris is also an avid knitter and spinner, and often her best ideas for novels come when at the spinning wheel or in the garden.

Kris writes contemporary romance novels under the pen name Anna Belle Rose.   She has published three novels through Solstice Publishing and is currently working on a memoir on healing from grief.  

TELL US ABOUT YOUR NEW BOOK.

My most recent novel is More Than I Can Say. It follows the story of Georgiana Hewitt.

The blurb says, “Georgiana Hewitt seems to have it all. She is beautiful, professionally successful and financially secure. But her love life is pathetic. When her new boss, Jackson, accompanies her on a work trip, she fights her overwhelming attraction to him. She finally gives in, sharing several perfect nights with him, knowing it can only be a fling. Two months later, Georgiana is shocked to realize that  she is pregnant, and heartbroken when she miscarries before she can tell Jack. Weeks later, when Jack finds out about the pregnancy, his rage and hurt drive him away. Can he forgive her, and can they have a future together?” 

 

HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE TITLE FOR THIS BOOK?

This book had several titles before the final title. More Than I Can Say references the truth that  Georgiana fights her feelings, but finally has to recognize that she loves Jackson more than she can express. 

 

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK? IS IT PART OF A SERIES?

While this was originally a stand-alone book, one of the characters has developed his own following, and readers have asked for a sequel about that character, Boone. At this time, I am working on that sequel.

 

HOW MUCH OF YOUR BOOK IS BASED ON YOUR OWN EXPERIENCES OR THOSE OF SOMEONE YOU KNOW?

Georgiana is an educator, like me, and has alpacas, but that is about it. I did base the book in Vermont, so that the setting is something I know well.

 

WHAT KIND OF RESEARCH WENT INTO WRITING YOUR BOOK?

For this book, I needed to do a fair amount of research about the health emergency Georgiana endures, which was interesting for me.

 

WHAT CRITERIA DID YOU USE WHEN SELECTING THE COVER FOR YOUR BOOK?

This cover is my absolute favorite of my novels. I was lucky to work with a great cover artist, and I specifically asked for the Seattle skyline, and a particular tattoo on Georgiana’s shoulder, and I love the design she created.

 

WAS THERE A MESSAGE IN YOUR BOOK THAT YOU WERE TRYING TO CONVEY?

Absolutely! My message is that no matter your history, no matter the mistakes you have made, you are worthy of true love!

 

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WOULD CHANGE ABOUT YOUR BOOK?

Great question. I would have further developed the character of Dot, Georgiana’s assistant – she is such an amazing character and deserved more attention. Thankfully, she gets a much larger role in the sequel.

 

IF YOUR BOOK WOULD BE MADE INTO A FILM, WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO PLAY THE LEADS?

Bradley Cooper for Jack, Jennifer Lawrence as Georgiana.

 

WHEN AND WHY DID YOU BEGIN WRITING?

As a small child, I would day dream by the hour, stories running around in my head. Once I was able to write, I started writing stories, carrying a journal around with me all the time.

 

WHEN DID YOU FIRST CONSIDER YOURSELF A WRITER?

I felt I was a writer when I held my first published novel, That One Small Omission, in my hands. I fully admit to crying, so excited and thankful to have reached that level.

 

DESCRIBE YOUR WRITING STYLE.

My writing it heavy on dialogue. I love to see the conversations come to life on the page.

 

WHAT IS THE HARDEST LESSON YOU HAD TO LEARN AS A WRITER?

The hardest lesson was that rejection is a part of life as a writer. Then, reviews can both make your day and trample on you. I needed to work hard at handling the roller coaster of emotions.

 

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES YOU FACE AS A WRITER?

Finding long periods of dedicated time to write. I write late at night and weekends, but sometimes it is hard to just find time.

 

NOT INCLUDING FAMILY, WHO SUPPORTED YOUR EFFORTS TO BECOME A PUBLISHED AUTHOR?

I have incredible friends who have been my cheerleaders along with my family. I also have to say that professional editors are your biggest help – they push you, irritate you and support you. Professional editors are invaluable!

 

WHO WAS YOUR FIRST PUBLISHER AND WHAT DID YOU LEARN FROM THEM?

My first three novels were published by Solstice Publishing. From them I learned that it is okay to ask questions. Solstice has been amazing!

 

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR NEW WRITERS?

When you think a book is done, hire an editor to work on it. No one is able to truly finish edit their own work! Then, just write, write, write. Every single day, write.

 

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE WRITERS?

Janet Evanovich and Dan Brown are my favorite writers.

 

WHAT ARE YOU READING NOW?

Right now I am reading Dan Brown’s most recent book.

 

WHAT MAKES YOU CRY?

Unexpected rainbows and time with family make me cry happy tears. Missing our son who passed away makes me cry with grief.

 

IF YOU COULD MEET ANYONE WHO EVER LIVED, PAST OR PRESENT, WHO WOULD THAT BE?

I would love to meet Michelle Obama.

 

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE TV SHOWS AND MOVIES?

I love the movie Napoleon Dynamite, RV and Mamma Mia. For TV, I love Modern Family, MASH and anything on PBS Nature.

 

WHAT KIND OF MUSIC TOUCHES YOUR SOUL?

Anything by Arlo Guthrie or the band Twiddle touches my soul. I listen to them all the time, especially when writing and editing.

 

WHAT DO YOU WANT WRITTEN ON YOUR HEADSTONE?

Love is always the answer

WHERE CAN YOUR FANS FIND YOU?

Georgiana Hewitt seems to have it all. She is beautiful, professionally successful and financially secure. But her love life is pathetic. When her new boss, Jackson, accompanies her on a work trip, she fights her overwhelming attraction to him. She finally gives in, sharing several perfect nights with him, knowing it can only be a fling.

 

Two months later, Georgiana is shocked to realize that she is pregnant, and heartbroken when she miscarries before she can tell Jack. Weeks later, when Jack finds out about the pregnancy, his rage and hurt drive him away. Can he forgive her, and can they have a future together?

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