Writers' Club

Frances Parker-Smith

Introducing author and rose-enthusiast, Frances Parker-Smith. Creator of the Jasper Carmichael Series "in her twilight years", Frances teaches us it's never too late to follow your dreams!

Who are you? Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m in what I refer to as my twilight years. After spending many years in the industrial and academic worlds I now have time to concentrate on my lifelong dream of writing.

I spend time in the garden, my passion being roses that always inspire me with their colourful blooms and fragrance.

I have time to visit the beach and let the sea wash over my feet, spend time people watching.

I’m very thankful.

Life has so many strands.

Never look back.

Follow your dreams.

What first inspired you to start writing?

My grandmother introduced me to the world of the Brontë sisters. I was hooked on reading. I remember running home from school to continue reading Jane Eyre.

My imagination was piqued by the world of fiction. Writing was a natural progression.

What made you want to work with Rowanvale and be published?

I had tried self-publishing by other means and it became apparent that all I wanted to do was write. So, I searched for a publisher.

I liked the friendly, helpful, patient approach of the staff.

When you’re not writing, what are you reading?

I don’t have any particular genre. I like mysteries, action and romance novels. Nothing too heavy for me.

Which work are you most proud of?

My latest book Jasper’s Diamond (waiting to be published).

What’s your best advice for handling writer's block?

In one word, gardening. The world of plants relaxes my mind.

Or a walk along a beach. The rhythmic sound of waves also relaxes the mind.

What’s one thing you always have with you when you’re writing?

During the day, tea, coffee or hot chocolate. If I’m still writing at night, a glass of malt.

What is the one book you would take with you if you were stuck on a desert island?

The Roman by Sylvain Reynard.

What is the best part about being an independently published author?

I write at my own pace; no deadlines.

What’s next for you?

This is a good question. I will continue writing.

But do I continue with Jasper Carmichael or do I start a new saga?