1. Tell me about your book, Summer Has Come, and where you got your inspiration for it?
Fayth Blackwell, P.I.: Summer Has Come is a novella that starts off a series that center around the world of the fae. It is a mix of magic and mystery. Fayth Blackwell is a private investigator in Chicago who takes up a client and is introduced to a world hidden within our own.
My inspiration came from a college English class. We had to write a short story of our own choosing. I’ve always been fascinated with the idea of fae, and wondered how they would interact with humans in an urban setting.
2. Did you learn anything from writing this book? If so what was it?
Yes. Considering this was supposed to be a short story and ended up being over 18,000 words, I’ve learned that I’m much better at writing novels and novellas than short stories.
3. If your book was made into a film, who would you like to see play the lead?
Probably Zoe Saldana. I think she commands attention whenever she steps onto a scene, and her kind of sarcasm would fit Fayth’s personality perfectly.
4. You’ve just been kidnapped and the people from the last TV Show/Movie you watched have to save you. Who is it?
I actually just watched Justice League Dark (I know, I’m late to the game), so I think I’d be ok. Haha
5. In what ways do you hold yourself back?
I get caught up in the editing process. I have a fear that if my work is not perfect, no one will want to read it. That’s something that I’m slowly learning to let go. As Janelle Monae said during an awards show that I’ve forgotten, “Perfection is often the enemy of greatness.”
6. Would you rather explore a new planet, or the deepest parts of the ocean? Why?
Definitely the deepest parts of the ocean. As fascinating as space exploration is (total Trekkie here), I think that Earth holds its own mysteries and secrets. I’d rather know more about the planet I’m living on than planets light years away.
7. What genre do you write in and what draws you into this genre?
The genre I write in is mostly urban fantasy. The idea that there is magic and mystery in the modern world we live in and all we really have to do is look for it is intoxicating for me.
8. Do you let a book stew – leave it for a month and then come back to it to edit?
I do. I think that the best way for me to edit something I’ve written is to leave it alone for a little while. That way, I can come back to it with fresh eyes and catch things that I may not have gotten before.
9. Do you think the cover plays an important part in the buying process?
Absolutely. Covers are the first step in getting people to notice the book. Humans are very visual. If they don’t like what they see, they are not tempted to pick up the book and read the inside flap or back cover.
10. Have you written any other books that are not published? Do you intend to publish them?
I have two novels that are not published, as well as the second novella to Fayth Blackwell, P.I. I hope to get all three out within the next couple of years.
11. What is the toughest criticism given to you as an author?
I once had an editorial review done of my first full length novel, and the editor said that I was descriptive to my own detriment. He wrote that if I cut the book in half, I would actually have a good novel. Considering it was 500 pages and I know that many of those were solely dedicated to detailing settings, I’m inclined to agree.
Private Investigator Fayth Blackwell takes on a new client and agrees to escort her to a ball. After protecting her client’s life, she is thrust into a world she never knew existed to stop two powerful entities from going to war.
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Franki T. Dolley is a recent college graduate. She graduated with a major in English and a minor in Classical Studies. She currently works as a barista at a local bakery bringing joy to people in the forms of coffee, pastries, and smiles, and resides with her roommate and her majestic cat, Shade.