Thursday, August 05, 2010

Dying on the Edge Blog Tour with Francine Craft

Getting to know Francine Craft…

What has been the best and the worst experience you’ve had on your literary journey?

The best was the 15+ years I spent writing romances and romantic suspense for Kensington, BET and Harlequin. These were truly wonderful people I worked with and all my editors were jewels and talented. The money was good, fair; they gave a lot of support. I was never a bestselling author, but was told my books were well received, overseas, as well as in the U.S. But perhaps best of all is now when I’ve self-published Edge and the response has been so gratifying. I was jittery that AA’s might not go for it, but they have, with a surprising number saying they “love it.” My reviews have been astonishing and it makes me so happy.

The worst – that’s easy. I didn’t write for 11 years of publish a book for 20 years when a wonderful company bought my interracial marriage novel in 1973 and selected it as their lead book for fall. They went bankrupt, but the book was bought twice by other publishers, then published by the excellent Berkley and it was a total disaster. The artist gave me a lurid, licentious cover of a gorgeous black-white couple, obviously naked, behind a blanket. Remember, this was 1975. I have not approached a publisher since and may never again.

How long does it take you to write a novel?

A year to a year and a half. Sometimes two. The romances and romantic suspense took about five – six months.

What is the one thing that has surprised you the most during your writing career?

Being translated into Bulgarian and into Portuguese. Also, the wonderful reception some of my books received in the United Kingdom. And of course the smashing reception Edge has so far gotten in the AA community.

About the Book


A Multicultural, Multilayered Romantic Voodoo Mystery) – Click
here to view the book trailer


Film star Maggi French is on top of her game, and she wants billionaire real estate mogul Kurt Wilder for herself, even though he's married and has a child. He owns Wilder Film Studios, and Maggi's drive for power demands she have him as her husband. She'll go to any lengths to get him, including voodoo. Maggi lives on the edge of an emotional precipice. Will her hunger for Kurt provide the thrust that pushes her over?


Kurt Wilder has romanced many women and his wife knows all about them. Once he thought he'd divorce his wife and marry Maggi. Now he's drifting and she's clinging. Has he figured out a way to be free of her forever?

About the author

Francine is a long-time, prolific, bestselling multicultural romance and romantic suspense writer for publishers such as Harlequin, BET and Kensington. Her slogan is: Books that Warm the Heart the and Enrich the Soul. She is also popular on the international front, especially in the UK, and gets treasured fan mail from readers in the United States and worldwide. Several of her books have been translated and Harlequin distributed five as Introductory Books. She feels that nobody values their fellow humans more than she does, but adds that they can be trying sometimes which doesn't keep her from loving them.

With DYING ON THE EDGE, Francine has written and self-published a romantic voodoo mystery with Wheatmark Publishing and her own imprint of Craft's New America Press. Edge is well researched, written, edited and proofed. A lot of people who've read advance copies have loved it and she hopes you will too.

Leave a comment and be entered to win a wonderful Harry & David tower of treats courtesy of Francine! Winner will be randomly chosen by the author and announced on the last day of the tour.

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