Author interview with RJ Francis of ‘The Orphan’s Secret’

Author Interview with RJ Francis

When a bitter evil threatens to destroy her, the prince, her new friends, and the rest of the kingdom, Elaina finds a remarkable power within herself. Along with this power, she discovers who she truly is, the incredible truth about her parents, and how she came to live on the farm.



Where will these truths lead Elaina? To find out, RJ Francis, author of the ‘The Orphan’s Secret’ has returned to to chat about secrets and the joy of writing. RJ, it’s wonderful to see you again. What’s been happening since we last chatted in February?

Working on Books 2 and 3 in the Principality series! I’m happy to announce that Book 2, “The Captive Twin” is available now. To celebrate, and so as many readers as possible can get caught up on the story before diving into Book 2, I’m dropping the price on Book 1 to zero for two days only – November 4 and 5.



New and discounted books are always so exciting! So, book 2 is out there awaiting readers, for those readers who’ve already blasted their way through ‘The Captive Twin’, can you tempt us a little with book 3?

I am working on Principality Book 3, “The Fallen Mender.” It’s almost done actually, but I am quite a perfectionist and it will be 2018 before my readers get to know what happens next.




2018 will be here before we know it, and it’s great to know there’s at least one new read we can all anticipate. However, anticipation does imply a little knowledge about the book at hand. For those readers who haven’t been run across ‘The Orphan’s Secret’ before, can you share a taste of what a reader can expect?

“The Orphan’s Secret” is where the Principality story begins: on that stormy night when Prince Jaimin literally fell into Elaina’s life (he fell from his horse outside her barn). She went to fetch some water, and when she returned, he was gone. Intensely curious by nature, Elaina had to follow him, and within days she was wrapped up in his tumultuous world. Elaina didn’t know back in those early days how important she herself would be in saving Jaimin and the entire kingdom from disaster.



Without giving too much away can you share what you hope readers take from these important moments in Elaina and Jaimin’s journey? What did you want to say through this relationship and the course of the novel?

We may think we know who we are, and our place in this world, but most of us can only see a small fraction of our true potential. Let’s open our eyes wide and become what we were meant to be.



I love the challenge of becoming who you really are, or at least are meant to be. Was posing the possibility of greater things where you felt the most satisfaction in the course of getting this book to the readership?

I find being able to draw readers into scenes and situations to be the most rewarding. I make sure they smell the sweet smells of a place, feel the cold, and see everything happening around them. I know when I have written a good scene when I feel like I’m there myself, even after reading it for the hundredth time. And I particularly enjoy writing dialogue. I create characters with unique personalities and motivations, put them together, and they practically write their own dialogue for me.



I love it when characters write their own dialogue. Is gaining these connections with characters what keeps drawing you back to writing?

I write to entertain, engage, and inform readers, and to leave a legacy of who I am, what I love, and what I believe.



If you’re writing you should always write what you believe. So, let’s find out a little about what you believe outside of the wonderful world of writing. What do you think about the world of cat food? Why isn’t there mouse-flavoured cat food?

Who says there isn’t? You think they keep cat food factories clean and rodent-free? I bet hundreds of mice fall into those grinders.



Oh man, that is so gross. I’m not sure I ever want to eat something pre-packaged again! I’m not sure I’ll ever get that image of out my head! Let’s try moving to your head instead of mine with what happens when you get scared half to death twice?

You are 3/4 dead.



Well, if they’ve eaten that cat food 3/4 dead might be a positive thing. Let’s get creative now; if you could breed two animals together to defy the laws of nature what new animal would you create?

I would breed a Democrat and a Republican together and create a more peaceful world.



*Laughs* I like that proposition. It sounds quite easy, but I have a feeling it could get thorny quickly! What is your favourite word?




Hmmm, I wonder if the sensual word pops up in the Principality series. I’ll guess I’ll have to read them all to find out. After they’ve injected the word sensual into their work, what do you feel is the best things writers should do to be the best writers they can?

Be original. Don’t try to copy the style of other writers.



Creation is much more fun than copying. And since I have to let you return to the world of creation, can you share your favourite line of creation from ‘The Orphan’s Secret’ to tempt those new readers out there to take up your discount?

“We must strive to look our best at all times. It’s a gift we give to others.”



RJ, thanks for giving us the gift of the Principality series, and I hope to see more of the gift again soon!

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Author interview with RJ Francis of ‘The Orphan’s Secret’

Author Interview with RJ Francis


When a bitter evil threatens to destroy the kingdom of Arra, a nineteen-year-old farm girl, the orphan Elaina, finds her life entangled with that of the prince. Through her adventures in the royal court, she discovers a remarkable power within herself, and she learns who she truly is, what happened to her parents, and how she came to live on the farm. It also becomes clear that only Elaina can save the region from disaster.



RJ Francis has returned today to rummage through the wonderful words that are the coming of age novel ‘The Orphan’s Secret’. RJ thanks for coming back to chat with me again! I love it when authors return and update both myself and the readers about their progress in the wonderful world of self-publishing. You are back to chat again about ‘The Orphan’s Secret’, so we won’t revisit the bulk of the questions, unless you’ve been working hard on new answers and instead will focus on some new questions I’ve been posing that have hopefully improved since December 2016. Let’s get this party started with the thrills of research. What kinds of worlds did you delve into behind the scenes while building the world of ‘The Orphan’s Secret’?

Yes! Bits of research on ancient cultures, ancient languages, science and technology. And, of course, looking up the definitions of words to find the best one to use.



The blend of the ancient cultural aspects with the modern science and technology must have been fun. When you had this blend going what was the main statement or ideal that you used it to say in your book?

Opportunities to do good and save the world are everywhere. The more we learn about ourselves, the more in touch we become with the “will” of the divine spirit, increasing the impact we can make on society and the world around us.



Are you currently working on extending your impact on society through a new book?

I am working through the final edits of Principality, Book 2, “The Captive Twin” for release later this year. At the same time I am polishing Book 3, which is already written. You are going to love the title of Book 3 but I can’t reveal it yet… Principality is an epic story in (at least) three acts, and much of the tale has yet to be told.



Keep your secrets about Book 3 while awaiting the release of book 2, but I am sure that I speak for the readers in that is comforting to know that the final book has been written and is working it’s way towards publishing. One thing I would like to know is why do you continue to write?

To engage with the minds of others on this human journey, and inspire them through storytelling.



Do you also get to engage and inspire others with your day job, or is writing your main outlet to inspire?

I have held several fascinating roles that must remain a secret.




However, I can say they have involved global travel, intrigue, dangerous neighbourhoods and dodgy situations, and a fair dose of politics. I’ve seen a lot, and you will see that come through in my writing.



As a global traveller do you have a favourite ocean?

I have no favourite ocean. In fact, I have a well-founded fear of the ocean. The ocean almost killed me several times as a child, and I am quite wary of it. That doesn’t stop me from throwing my beloved characters into it from time to time.



Well I hope that you also throw your characters back into the ocean of published books so that all of your eager readers can catch up with them again. RJ, thanks for joining me again and best of luck with the progress of the next two chapters of the Principality trilogy.



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Author interview with RJ Francis of ‘The Orphan’s Secret’


When a bitter evil threatens to destroy the kingdom of Arra, a nineteen-year-old farm girl, the orphan Elaina, finds her life entangled with that of the prince. Through her adventures in the royal court, Elaina discovers a remarkable power within herself. She also she learns who she truly is, what happened to her parents, and how she came to live on the farm. And it soon becomes clear to everyone that only Elaina can save the region from disaster.



Today RJ Francis has taken a little time out to chat with me about the origins of ‘The Orphan’s Secret’, writing and if we get enough time, will hopefully answer one or two brain stretching questions. Let’s get the ball rolling on today’s interview by talking about how the idea for ‘The Orphan’s Secret’ initially developed.

My book didn’t start as an idea. I just created a character, Prince Jaimin, set him in a forest, watched with horror as he was attacked by mysterious teen girls in dark uniforms, and then followed him as he ran for his life. When he was rescued by the fascinating farm girl Elaina, I followed her for a while. And it just happened to turn into an awesome story.



That’s a pretty neat and unique way to fall into an awesome storyline. Was research something that was a part of following the path or either Prince Jaimin or Elaina?

Yes. I did quite a bit of research into ancient cultures, military science, weaponry, fashion, cooking and cheese making, and a host of other random topics.



Did you find that following your characters through these elements from culture to cheese making led to a strong connection between yourself and the characters? For instance would you like to have a cast party with them if they could come to life?

Absolutely. My characters are rich and intriguing, plus they have some supernatural abilities I would love to see demonstrated. I just hope my insurance covers the damage this might cause…



*Laughs*. You do have to watch that insurance. Do you work in the insurance industry and are able to get yourself a good deal?

I may or may not have been a government agent at one point in my life.



Wow. That may or may not be very impressive. Do you think that your possible experiences in government have positively helped your writing style?

Perhaps it has some influence on my writing, but that’s all I can tell you if you don’t have a clearance.



I’ll take your word for it! I’m not looking to get myself clearance to find out. Aside from your possible government experience are there any tricks that you use to get yourself into ‘writing mode’. For example do you find writing easier with some background music?

I cannot have music on when I work. I know some people can, but I find it incredibly distracting.



Okay, so writing is personally a deterrent for you. Do you have any advice for those burdened by writer’s block?

If you’ve got writer’s block, wait a day and then try again.



That’s solid advice, I like it. As you’ve finished ‘The Orphan’s Secret’ we can clearly see that this advice has worked for you. Has this ability to conquer writer’s block allowed you to work on a new writing project? Can you tell us about what’s currently in progress for you?

Currently I am refining the manuscripts for Books 2 and 3 in the Principality series. Book 2, “The Captive Twin” continues the adventure where “The Orphan’s Secret” left off. I’m thrilled with how the sequels turned out.



That sounds exciting. I hope they turn out fantastically. Now I’d like to inject a little more non-writing specific excitement into this interview by delving into my new set of quick fire questions. Let’s start with: If you ruled your own country, who would you get to write the national anthem?

I would write the anthem, because I’m a professional musician as well as an author. I’d come up with something that strikes at the heart and sends tingles of patriotism up everyone’s spine as they are sitting on the edge of their plastic seats at the game. Not sure which country I would pick, as I’m a dual-citizen.



Maybe you could write one for each country? What is your favourite word?




I like that one. And finally, to whet the appetite of the readers do you have one of two lines that you could share with me to end off the interview and motivate readers to take a chance on your book?

“We were created with great beauty. We must strive to look our best at all times. It’s a gift we give to others.”


RJ, thank you for joining me today and I hope that some new readers take a look of the gift that is ‘The Orphan’s Secret’.


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