Sunday, June 6, 2010

Interview with Author Jaree Francis, June 2010 Featured Author, Tribute To Male Authors

Joins us as we chat with Jaree Francis, author of Metra City: Destiny's Kiss and one of Sexy Ebony Book Club's June 2010 Featured Authors. Please feel free to comment on the interview. And don't forget to visit the Sexy Ebony BBW African American Book Club website for a chance to win the Jaree Francis Prize Packet. Contest ends July 3, 2010. Visit for more information.

1. Tell us about yourself? I am Jaree Francis, a father, a son, a writer, as well as a reader.

2. How long have you been writing? What drove you to pick up that pen for the first time? I've been writing since grade school. Writing comes rather naturally to me. I used to have scripts in my head for my Transformer and G.I. Joe toys! So when I took to the pen, it was a simple process.

3. In what genre(s) do you typically write? Urban fiction. This is my primary genre. Within this arena, I pull other genres into it. This acts as a preservative at times, keeping my material rather fresh.

4. This month we will be giving away a copy of your novel Metra city: Destiny's Kiss. Please tell us a little about the novel. Why should readers buy a copy of your book today? Metra City: Destiny's Kiss is my first entry into the publishing world. People are saying that my work is fresh, masculine, and rather unpredictable. I introduce readers to an atheist by the name of Nimrod, a culture that outlaws profanity, and much more.

5. What is next for Jaree Francis? When will your next book be released? I released 'Drama, My Favorite Nephew' in May, exclusively through Kindle, for .99 cents. It's a novella which brings forth-- well, just check it out. It's on Amazon. Now what's next is my full length novel, 'There's No Tomorrow.' It's erotic, it's suspenseful, it's just what the doctor ordered. Check for info on that particular release.

6. What is the biggest challenge you have faced as a writer? Surely not writing...It would be promoting. People are very hesitant to pay attention to a new author.

7. What are you reading now? Who are your favorite authors? I'm reading 'Water Flows Under Doors.' A couple of my favorite authors are Paulo Coelho and Donald Goines.

9. What is a typical day for you like when you are on a writing deadline?
What's a deadline? ;)

10. How can readers get in contact with you? Do you have a website? +

11. What is the one thing you would like all of your readers to know about you?
I appreciate any and all support =)


  1. I enjoyed your interview, Jaree. Yes, promoting for a new author is a challenge, you just have to be more creative. For myself, I don't strictly rely on the Internet. Just keep pumping. Donald Goins was one of my favorite authors too. I think I owned every book he'd ever written.

  2. Okay I'm checking you out because I still support my black people-smile. Your interview is very insightful and informative. I'm a poetry fanatic so I studying the poetry of Rita Dove at this moment and my favorite poet's quote of all time is, "As I live and learn my motto is, "Dig and be dug in return".

  3. Great interview! But we want to know more about this interesting and powerful new writer!
    "Every worthwile accomplishment, big or little, has its stages of drudgery, and triumph, a beginning, a struggle, and a victory."-Ghandi

    All the best,

    Urenna Sander, Author

  4. Thanks for featuring Jaree. I have had the opportunity to work with him on a family oriented piece and I heart him as a writer and a person. He has such a great and professional work ethic and does bring something fresh to what has become the overly predictable genre of urban fiction.

    While I am not a PG-13 or greater reader I appreciate how diversified he is as a writer. While he can delve into a more intense side he can also write for people like me. He is definitely not a one trick pony and and I know he will have success in whatever he does....even promoting :)

  5. I appreciate being notified of this interview. I have had this book on my wish list for quite some time, thanks for the reminder.

  6. Great interview. Also glad to be introduced to a new author.

  7. Who are some of the writers that have made you want to write?