Hello. Thank you for visiting my blog today. I’m Rebecca Scarberry (Scarberryfields on Twitter). I have interviewed another British author. As you all know, I am very fond of British authors. He is Francis Potts (FPotts on Twitter). Enjoy!
Scarberryfields: Can you tell us a little about your nationality?
Francis: I’m British. I come from a small rainy island in the North Atlantic.
Scarberryfields: When you finished your debut novel, did you miss the characters?
Francis: Not especially. The two main characters, Swann and Alison, get a satisfactory ending. I sometimes wonder what happened to some of the minor characters, like Mrs. Strange and Jackie, but perhaps they’ll turn up in another book.
Scarberryfields: While writing, if you need help with punctuation, grammar, etc., where do you turn?
Francis: I’m fairly literate. Occasionally I need to look up a spelling (garrote, yesterday), and I use Google.
Scarberryfields: With the number of hours spent writing, do family members support you or complain about the time spent away from them?
Francis: My wife complains. My daughter is relatively supportive, and the cats don’t care just so long as I take breaks to feed them.
Scarberryfields: Does writing benefit you in any way and if so, how?
Francis: It gets my creative urges out of my system. I used to paint, but that’s much more awkward to organize, with models and studios and so on. With writing, I can write a single word, or I can sit down and crank out a couple of thousand.
Scarberryfields: When you’re writing, do you shut-off all social networks?
Francis: No. I have a look at Facebook or Twitter whenever I feel I’m in a lull, and I generally check my smartphone for messages whenever I pass by.
Scarberryfields: Did you use any family members as Beta readers for your debut novel?
Francis: No. I used friends. They’re much less likely to be gratuitously negative. I don’t go by what they say, but how quickly they read it. If they email me in the morning to say they sat up until 3 am because they couldn’t put it down, I know they like it. If they say they haven’t had time to finish it because of family commitments, I think it needs more work.
Scarberryfields: Do you feel social networking as a marketing tool, is beneficial?
Francis: Probably. It’s too early to say.
Scarberryfields: What is the last book called that you completed and published?
Francis: The last book published is Flying Lessons, my debut novel. The last book completed is Tilly Lake’s Road Trip, for which I’m currently trying to find an agent. Life After Pole Dancing is currently under construction.
Scarberryfields: Where can readers go to find your books?
Francis: Flying Lessons is on Amazon. www.amazon.com/dp/B005JOXPVS in the US and www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B005JOXPVS in the UK. If I can’t find a traditional publisher for Tilly Lake’s Road Trip, that’ll be on Amazon DP too. And Life After Pole Dancing. And so on.I want to thank you, Francis for taking the time to answer my questions. Since you are new to Twitter, it has been a pleasure tweeting about your book and telling you what I know about Twitter. It goes without saying, I wish you the very best.