April Author Spotlight 2015
Letter ‘F’ is for Fran Clark author of Holding Paradise
Why do I recommend Holding Paradise?
Holding Paradise is one of the most powerful and heart wrenching novels I’ve read lately. ‘My mother’s story has taught me how strong women can be’. You must read this novel to meet Josephine, born on a sunny island, displaced to a rainy metropolis, who struggles bravely to make a living and keep her family together through thick and thin. The events portrayed are sad, moving, and infuriating, as deplorable secrets are gradually unveiled. It’s a well-deserved tribute to past generations, which also holds the promise of ‘paradise’ for the future if we are able to learn from our own and others’ mistakes, forgive, and understand. This is not a quick, easy read, nevertheless its pages will lead you on a satisfying and well written voyage, well worth taking.
What is your novel about, Fran?
Holding Paradise is about Angelica and Josephine, two women raised in different times and places but both trying to keep their families together when it looks as though they are losing everything. It’s really a novel for anyone interested in the Women’s Fiction or General Fiction genres, who enjoy a split narrative and are interested in recent history and want to be taken on a journey. I see it as a realistic drama about people learning how to deal with secrets and lies, love and betrayal. It’s settings transport the reader from the green and blues of the Caribbean in the 1930s to a gritty London between the late 1950s to the present day. I hope Holding Paradise can make you laugh and cry. It does me.
What are you working on now?
I wrote a follow-up to Holding Paradise in the way of a short story collection and I hope to publish it soon. I recently finished writing a second novel called When Skies Are Grey and I’m in the process of submitting it to agents. I did a lot more research on this novel than any of my other writing and got lost in the world of jazz music 1950s in London. I created characters who play the sort of music I love and have performed on stage. It’s different from the first novel, it is a rags to riches story and I worked a lot on character this time and on establishing my voice as a writer. I already have ideas for developing a third novel I left on the back burner some time ago, this one is set in modern-day London.
What would you like readers to know about you?
Readers should know that apart from writing as Fran Clark I have also started writing under a pseudonym. She’s my chick lit and romantic comedy writing other self. She appeals to the lighter side of me. The side that likes to joke around and create crazy situations to get my characters into and, hopefully, neatly out of by the end of the story. Under my pseudonym I stick to writing novellas because I have a lot of writing work on at the moment. Apart from also being a ghostwriter of steamy novellas, I’ve started a joint writing venture in which we are developing a series of children’s picture story books. So I guess I want readers to know – I love to write!
How can we find out more or contact you?
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