Veronica Frances is the pseudonym for a creative writer, residing in New York City. She has had a love of tickling for her entire life. She enjoys singing and writing songs. She also writes non-fiction and poetry.
Her latest book is Tickling Daphne H.
Q: Welcome to Beyond the Books, Veronica. Can we start out by telling us whether you are published for the first time or are you multi-published?
Tickling Daphne H. is my second book. I had another book published under my real name thirteen years ago. It was non-fiction and a totally different kind of a book. I feel my writing has greatly improved since then.
I went with a small press so that I could retain artistic control.
Q: How long did it take you to get published once you signed the contract?
It took a few months approximately.
Q: How did it make you feel to become published for the first time and how did you celebrate?
The first time I was published thirteen years ago, I remember going out to dinner and drinking lots of champagne.
Q: What was the first thing you did as for as promotion when you were published for the first time?
When I was first published thirteen years ago, I hired a PR firm. I did lots of radio and magazine interviews. I also did some television appearances, mainly cable and a few morning shows. There was actually a huge article about me in the National Enquirer. Those were fun days.
Q: Since you’ve been published, how have you grown as a writer and now a published author?
My writing has greatly improved. I am more focused since I have begun writing fiction. Having my work out there has inspired me to take more chances and write more often and consistently.
Q: What has surprised or amazed you about the publishing industry as a whole?
That there are so many wonderful authors out there who are overlooked by an industry that does not welcome most writers easily.
Q: What is the most rewarding thing about being a published author?
When somebody loves my writing and really understands what is at the core of my stories, songs or poems.
Q: Any final words for writers who dream of being published one day?
I wish I could tell you it was easy. It is hard work. It requires persistence, courage and thick skin. Writing the book is the fun part, but getting it out there and getting people to actually buy your book is a really big challenge. You just have to write because you love it and keep going until something hits big.