This is my first guest post on my author blog! I am proud to present my old friend and talented author, Maureen Francisco. We go back to the days of television reporting in the great Northwest and we’ve kept in touch through the years and that’s how I know she’s one of the hardest working women out there. Her book, It Takes Moxie, was the winner in the Multicultural Nonfiction category of the 2013 National Indie Excellence Awards. It was a great read, especially knowing her enthusiasm for life and just getting out there and getting things done.
Check out her guest post below to find out more about her writing process:
Friend and author Marissa Tejada of Chasing Athens introduced me to this book blog tour. If you are looking for a book to escape your reality, her book delivers. I’ve never visited Greece myself, yet I felt like I was walking in Ava’s shoes. This is a must read for anyone who has experienced life’s unexpected surprises and what to do to bounce back!
1) What am I working on?
I am not working on a second book at this time. Instead, I am currently focusing my efforts on writing two articles for a few media outlets, preparing for a TV interview in New Orleans to promote my book, It Takes Moxie. In the midst of all this, I’m producing eight live shows and overseeing other projects. There is never a boring day.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
It Takes Moxie is a memoir combined with other people’s stories who are either immigrants or those who came from humble beginnings. Although, we live in uncertain times, I want to remind people that life will give you opportunities, but it looks a lot like work. I took most of my interviewees out to lunch or coffee and picked their brains about life, career and family. I was extremely surprised how much wisdom was poured into me, which changed my own outlook on life. Therefore, I felt compelled to share what I’ve learned with the world.
3) Why do I write what I do?
“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain
That’s one of my favorite quotes. I want to impact as many lives as humanly possible. If someone’s life is better thanks to this book, than my legacy will be a positive one.
4) How does your writing process work?
When I interview someone, I capture all the meaty quotes or wisdom that I get from that particular person, which I use as a roadmap for each chapter. From there, I’m able to formulate the proper order of the chapters. Because my life is crazy busy, I get my best writing when I am at a hotel room away from my cellphone and the world.
Next week, we have Seattle author Michael Barrett Miller who has written a trilogy View from the Tent, Trust Kids, and Ice. The stories highlight the human side of many challenged in our society. Here is the “blog” for the novels: http://lifeintheshadowsblog.wordpress.com
We also have award-winning and bestselling author, Stacey Rourke. Mrs. Rourke will be giving us a special look inside her latest project: Crane, Legends Saga Book 1. Check out her site at: http://staceyrourke.com/ You can also find her on Facebook www.facebook.com/staceyrourkeauthor and Twitter @rourkewrites
Thanks Maureen! Check out her site at www.maureenfrancisco.com to learn more.
Don’t forget to check out author Kaitlin Bevis‘ blog today who is also continuing the My Writing Process Tour.