Writer Wednesday – Lucy Francis

Welcome to a new feature on my blog – Writer Wednesday. Each week, a guest author will be either answering some questions about themselves or talking about whatever is on their mind at the time.

My first guest is contemporary romance author, Lucy Francis. I asked her a few questions about her life, her writing process and her books.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be, and why?
I actually live right where I want to: Utah. I love the great outdoors, and there is such tremendous variety of terrain in this gorgeous place, everything from alpine mountains and lakes to red rock country to stark deserts. You can go from the city to the middle of the wilderness in 90 minutes or less. The people are friendly, and the tap water is the best tasting of any I’ve had in the U.S.

Do you have other talents? Or is there a talent you don’t have that you wish you did?
I am Ms. Fix-it and the owner of the toolbelt in the family. I’ve fixed everything from electrical outlets to the sprinkling system. I’d love to be able to knit, but for some reason I’ve never been able to process that from brain to fingers.

What’s your least favorite part of the writing process?The first draft. Getting through the first draft is exhausting, especially when working with a deep, emotional storyline. I have much more fun once the editing and rewrites begin.

What are you working on now?
I have two WIPs. One is the third book in my contemporary series. The other is the first book of a paranormal series that leans to the science fiction side, with an alien twist to some PNR tropes. I had to research string theory and genetics, among other things, which was a blast.

Where do you write? Can you describe your writing space for us?
I have a home office, with a corner for my hubby’s computer desk. The huge window by my desk lets in lots of sunshine, the lovely breezes that filter through my forest, and the sounds of the birds singing and fussing with each other at the feeder a few feet away. But my desk…oh, that’s a very scary place. My file-by-pile system is seriously out of control at the moment.

Complete this sentence: When I want to kick back and relax, I ___________
Go fly fishing, get a massage, or hang out with my daughter and watch Doctor Who.

Finding Refuge


Travis Holt’s life is steadily pulling him under, and he’s fighting it. He’s trying to save his addict brother from self-destruction, and dealing with the constant reminder of his personal failures, including the one that shattered his family. When a woman with a mythical name and a soul-warming smile throws him a lifeline, can he dare let himself take hold? Or will he just end up failing her, too?

Andromeda Miller has escaped Phoenix and come to Utah for a new start to her messy life. When she meets a man whose heart is genuine and whose touch makes her crave him, will she let him into the new life she’s creating? Or will his personal demons hit too close to home and doom her to the same kind of consuming pain that destroyed her father?

Travis went up the wide, lavishly milled, curving stairs, meaning to give the house a look from the top floor down. His intentions flew out the nearest window when he walked into the master suite and found himself staring up at the most perfectly curved rear-end he’d ever seen poured into faded denim. Sweetly rounded below a narrow waist, it was the sort of ass that women were forever trying to work off even though men begged for more.

He refocused, shaking off the buzz of appreciation zipping straight to his groin, and forced himself to take in the whole picture. The woman stood too far up for safety on a six-foot ladder, facing the opposite wall. She twisted a light bulb into the pewter fixture on the coved ten-foot ceiling. His gaze wandered up to dark brown, wavy hair. Pulled into a ponytail at the nape of her neck, the waves cascaded down the length of her red t-shirt, swaying at the top of her hips. He’d expected to find Rachel Garrett, his electrician. This tiny, curvy thing was definitely not Rachel.

“Who are you?” he asked.

She didn’t respond. He stepped forward. “Are you here with Rachel?” He reached out and tapped the heel of her red tennis shoe. “Hello?”

She jumped at his touch, turning toward him as she took a hasty step down.

Her foot missed the ladder rung.

Travis reacted instantly, catching her as she fell, stepping back so she didn’t hit the ladder.

A surge of fire blew through his system on the heels of the adrenaline rush, the heat pulsing through his chest as he held her, as his mind identified where he ended and she began. One arm held her around her waist, the other wrapped across her legs below her hips. For a moment, she stayed where she’d landed, half over his right shoulder, then she straightened. That position brought her breasts to eye-level. Her t-shirt, caught between them, molded against her, making it damn near impossible for Travis to swallow.

Heart pounding, Travis forced his gaze upward, meeting her dark brown eyes. The confusion in them threw ice water on his hormones. Small hands pressed against his shoulders and he loosened his hold on her, trying to ignore his physical interest as she slid down his frame to the floor.

She backed away a step, her gaze on her feet, her cheeks dusted pink, and pulled earbuds from her ears. The music blared through them. Ah. She hadn’t heard him.

“Hey, sorry I startled you,” he said. The rest of his words died in his throat when her gaze lifted and she smiled. A sweet, welcoming smile that lit up her entire self. It slid down inside him, stunning him and leaving a trail of light. No one he’d ever known had a smile like that.

“It’s okay. Thanks for catching me before I hurt myself.” She hitched her thumb over her shoulder at the ladder. “Guess I should have taken the ‘do not stand on this step’ warning seriously, huh?” Her voice was low, with a slight whiskey-rasp.

It was a punch to the gut after anticipating that she’d sound like a little girl to match her small size. She couldn’t be more than, what, five-two? A grin spread across his face, he couldn’t help it. “Pretty sure the warning is there for a reason. Are you here with Rachel?”

“Yeah, I’m visiting her, and attempting to help, though I clearly have no clue what I’m doing.” She shrugged. Her smile faded and the part of Travis that had revived inside because of her smile died again, too. It stung. How could he fix that?

“You were doing great, I messed you up.” He held out a hand. “I’m Travis Holt.”

Her handshake was surprisingly firm. “Andri Miller.”

“Andri? Interesting name.”

“Short for Andromeda. I know, I know, my mother is Greek, so I come by it honestly,” she added hastily as his smile widened.

“No, it’s a beautiful name.” The sweet blush colored her cheeks again and his stomach flip-flopped.


Lucy has generously offered an electronic copy of Finding Refuge as well as a copy of the first book in her Heart’s Redemption series, Mending Fences, to one lucky commenter.

Thanks so much, Lucy, for helping me kick off Writer Wednesday.

Finding Refuge is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo

Visit Lucy at: http://www.lucyfrancis.net
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lucyfrancisauthor
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/lucyfrancis/

Update: The winner of Finding Refuge and Mending Fences is Christine Warner. Congratulations, Christine.


Writer Wednesday – Lucy Francis — 25 Comments

  1. Thanks for having me here, Margery!

    Kristina, thanks so much! I’m happy you enjoyed Travis and Andri’s first meeting 😀

    Mary, what a sweet thing to say! Thanks, I’m glad you stopped by!

    Linda, thanks for the comment! My first Doctor was Tom Baker, so he has a permanent special place in my heart. My fave is David Tennant (swooooon) but Matt Smith has really grown on me. I can’t wait to see the new series!

  2. Hi Lucy,
    I really enjoyed reading the excerpt of your book and it sounds as if the book is very interesting. The meeting between Andri and Travis interested me the most. I wonder where they will go from there. You caught my interest and drew me in. Nice work.
    I also enjoyed the interview. Please do not feel bad about not being able to knit. I am one of those people also who cannot knit. I tried it because that was what females were supposed to do, but was never really interested and so I failed that too.

  3. Lucy~
    Great interview! I love the first meeting between Andri and Travis as well. Ahhh, but I know what happens next cuz I bought FINDING REFUGE. 😛
    I’m loving it just as much as I loved MENDING FENCES. Best of luck with your sales!

  4. Hi Lucy,

    I can teach you to knit. I knew about the Mrs. Fix It but not the Dr. Who. I used to like Science Mystery 3000 or whatever that was. I never realized the things in the audience were robots or aliens. I used to call it the little animal show. LOL My friend was into Dr. Who and that show and thought I was an amusing idiot. Which is true. LOL Good luck with Finding Refuge!

  5. Lucy, I’m torn – encourage you to kick back & relax with the Doctor, or chain you to your desk so we get more books? Oh, dilemma dilemma!

  6. Patricia, so good to see you here. Glad I’m not the only person who can’t knit!

    Lynda, thanks for picking up the books! So happy to hear you’re enjoying Finding Refuge!

    Mia, I don’t think even your formidable knitting skills can solve my pathetic inability, LOL. I loved MST3K, I miss that show! Thanks for stopping by 😀

  7. Kris, that made me giggle! I’ve had enough time off lately, I vote for chaining to the desk. That way the teens will all be forced to take care of themselves and let me get some work done, LOL.

  8. I can’t knit, either–but I can crochet. I have Finding Refuge on my Nook–I plan on reading it before summer is over!

  9. Great to meet you, Lucy.
    Your cover is gorgeous. My bookshelf is growing, Margery!

  10. MJ, I did manage to crochet an afghan. Well, half of one. So it’s more of a lap warmer, LOL.

    Neecy, great to meet you, too! Glad you like the cover. I thought it fit the summer setting.

  11. Great book concept and excerpt for Finding Refuge, Lucy!
    But then, I’m already a fan of yours.
    And the interview–I love that you kick back by watching Dr. Who–with your daughter!
    Wishing you continued good luck with your writing–
    Stephanie Queen

  12. Enjoyed the interview ladies! Wonderful to meet you Lucy and learn more about you and your book. Utah sounds wonderful. Enjoyed your blurb and excerpt…congrats on your book and much success to you!

  13. Thanks for stopping by, Stephanie! Right back atcha with the fandom 😀

    Thank you, Sharon! Doctor Who is such a fun show. Is she anxious for the new series to start?

    Christine, lovely to meet you! If you ever get the chance to visit Utah, you should. So many amazing national parks to see!

    Jennifer, I’m glad I’m not alone in my annoyance with first drafts. I wish they’d just suddenly appear on the page and let me get right to the tweaking, LOL.

    Hi, Jerri, thanks for stopping by! I’m glad you enjoyed the exceprt.

    And thanks, Sheri, for your comment. I should seriously post a picture of my desk sometime. It’s a wonder I get anything done!