Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Ok my name is Raymond James Francis I am a full time nurse, part time Puppeteer and author. I live in the UK (just outside London) with my beautiful wife and son.
When did you begin writing?
I have been writing for most of my life but really it has been the last ten years that I have really focussed on children`s writing.
Can you tell us about your most recent release?
My most recent release is my very first published book called `The unlucky leprechaun and other strange and wonderful tales` it is a children`s book but I have been told that adults have found my tales entertaining. My book is a collection of 13 tales that are fairytales, lore that are given a slight twist. In the book you will find a unhappy tooth fairy, a sleeping knight, a smart goldfish. A few ghosts, a pooka, a vampire who wants to be good, the man in the moon and many more.
How did you get the idea for the book?
I loved when I was young being told bedtime tales, so much so that they would play on my mind the next day. So I thought to myself if I was to write a childrens book then that is what I would do. I looked into my childhood and brought the tales up todate. Also my son is a big part of this book. I picked 13 tales as that is the day my son was born and these are the tales I would love to share with him just like when I was young.
Of all your characters, which one is your favorite? Why?
This one is so hard to say as I have 13 tales and each main character is different.
What was the most challenging aspect of writing your book?
The hardest part for me was to try and keep the same flow and style of the stories that I was told when I was young as I didn’t want to lose that feel. It is the feeling when you read the story is what I wanted, to be told a story or to read the tale and think I need to tell someone about this.
What is your primary goal as an author?
The goal as an author for me was to transport the reader into a world full of imagination and wonder.
What projects are you currently working on?
I am working on two parts: I have been asked to write about my sister which I am considering and the second is to follow on from `The unlucky leprechaun and other strange and wonderful tales ‘With another book full of short stories.
What advice would you offer to new or aspiring authors?
I see myself as a new author (well I have only just published my book) I would say that joining some author groups on social media sites helps. The help that these groups can give are support and advice as they have been there and the like. Never give up, ok I guess everyone says that but it is true. And I think to myself would I buy my book if I wasn`t the author, don’t rush is another good tip. So I guess my big tip would be don’t rush.