ABOUT FRANKIE

Frankie Robertson writes romantic fiction with an otherworldly twist. She is the author of the romantic fantasy series, Vinlanders’ Saga, and the urban fantasy/paranormal romance series, Celestial Affairs and Celestial Affairs: The Trust. She is also the author of stand-alone paranormal mystery VEILED MIRROR.

As a reader, her first love was science-fiction and fantasy, but then she discovered the romance genre.  Now she enjoys blending the two.  With a background in real estate, occupational therapy, and paranormal investigation, she brings a diverse experience to her stories. It was her stint with the Western Society for Paranormal Research that inspired certain aspects of VEILED MIRROR.

A military brat, she moved three times before the age of eleven, living in California, Ohio, and Virginia before settling in southern Arizona. She met her own romance hero at the University of Arizona where she got a BA in English Lit. After a couple of years in upstate New York she and her husband moved back to Tucson, where they have a back yard that is regularly visited by hawks, bobcats, lizards, and quail, while the coyotes sing from beyond the fence.

Frankie has seven  novels available, with GUARDIAN, the second book in the Celestial Affairs series, debuting in the spring of 2017. She also writes sensual Victorian romances as Francesca Rose.

Please visit her “What’s New” page where she’ll be posting information about forthcoming publications and appearances.

 

FAQ

What was the first book you wrote?

I wrote several short stories before I attempted a novel. The first novel I completed was DANGEROUS TALENTS. My first book published was VEILED MIRROR, which was actually the third novel I finished.

Which books and authors have influenced your writing?

Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia had a huge impact on me. Early influencers that shaped my basic approach of combining romance with fantasy are Andre Norton, Anne McCaffrey, Joy Chant, and Marion Zimmer Bradley. More recently I’ve found new authors that I love like Patricia Briggs, Grace Burrowes, Grace Draven, and Jeffe Kennedy. And hundreds of others!

Why did you choose to become an Indie Publisher?

I wanted readers to see my work. To a large extent, traditional publishers choose books they think will make the company a lot of money quickly. That’s business. As an Indie I can grow my audience over time. And in the end it’s that audience, the readers, who are the final arbiters of what’s good and what isn’t. My biggest challenge as an author-entrepreneur is getting those readers’ eyeballs on my work so they can decide if they like it or not.

What would you do differently if you could?

I’d would start self-publishing earlier. I spent a lot of time researching and dithering before I finally pulled the trigger. I’d concentrate more on building my series (although I really enjoyed writing YETI IN THE MIST which I wrote because I couldn’t come to grips with GUARDIAN).

Why did you decide to use a pseudonym for your Victorian Secret Romance books?

Basically it was a branding decision. I wanted readers to be able differentiate at a glance between the sexier Francesca Rose stories and Frankie Robertson’s romantic fantasy and paranormal romance books. I’ve left plenty of breadcrumbs to lead them from Frankie Robertson to Francesca Rose if they want to read both.

What would surprise people to know about you?

I once debated the relative merits of the various forms of Reese’s Peanut Butter cups with the late Randy Castillo (Ozzy Osbourne’s drummer). We agreed the holiday ones are the best.

20 responses to “ABOUT FRANKIE

  1. Wanted to let you know that I’m thoroughly enjoying your blogs. 🙂

    Denise A. Agnew

  2. I’m so proud of you I could burst! I can’t wait to read the Veiled Mirror. This is proof that hard work and determination actually can pay off sometimes. Woo-hoo, way to go!

    Goat Lady of Texas

  3. Leila

    Hi Frankie,
    Thanks for visiting my blog! Love your site and blog. I’m going to enjoy keeping up with your thoughts and reviews. Hopefully, you’ll see me on the stand soon! 🙂
    Leila

  4. Chris Paige

    Frankie, I’m the ConNotations reviewer you met at TusCon, to whom you were so kind as to give a copy of Lightbringer. I just finished it and I enjoyed it tremendously. I am seriously looking forward to writing this review!

    And when is the next Celestials book coming out? May I become one of your advance Readers?

  5. My name is Frankie Robertson , too. I have just found your book “Hidden Talents” and am enjoying it a lot.

  6. Hi, Frankie! Just wanted to let you know I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. I hope this will be welcome news for you. Some people choose not to participate, others enjoy the opportunity to visit new-to-you blogs and to be visited by new-to-you bloggers. To see more about the award and accepting this nomination, please visit my post at http://www.marciameara.wordpress.com

    Have a great day!

  7. Let me tell you, since I started trying to write a book myself, I have the UTMOST respect for anyone who has managed to go through the process successfully from start to finish. Heck, I find I’m even in awe of people who manage to write BAD books, much less ones that are successful and sell well. It’s HARD work, so you bet you inspire me! Keep up the good work!

  8. Hi, Frankie. I don’t know if this is your thing or not, but I’ve been tagged in a Bookshelf Tag event, and I’ve tagged you in return. Would love to see your answers to some of these questions, but I understand if you have neither the time nor inclination to take part. If you are interested, you can see my responses and get the info on what to do here: http://marciameara.wordpress.com/2014/09/04/bookshelf-tag/
    Whichever you choose, I’m still happy to have your link in my post, and hope that you’ll get some new followers/readers from it. Have a great day.

  9. Diane Tuck

    I got your delightful free Kindle book through Diana Gabaldon’s suggestion on Facebook. I haven’t finished the story yet but am enjoying it very much. What makes it extra special to me is the location having grown up in Tucson and now living NE in Redington, over the mountain featured in this story. I have to ask if you know the history of Castle Rock in the Catalinas? My friend explored Castle Rock along with many other places in the Catalinas and Rincons and told me there was a throne and table and chairs in the rock at Castle Rock. You can imagine then how your story tickles my fancy, knowing about this odd rock formation. In addition to this is the description of the narrow gash in the earth where the petroglyphs are because I visit such a place! Yes, there is such a place along with many caves besides Kartchner and Colossal caves in these mountain areas. Of course I also am familiar with the legends of the old Iron Door mine! I just wanted to tell you how extra special this book is to me because of the reality of some of these areas and knowing the legends of the area. Thanks for a delightful read! Diane

    • Hi Diane,
      I’m so glad you’re enjoying Dangerous Talents! I didn’t know there was a table and chairs formation near Castle Rock. I’ve only seen it from a distance, whenever I drive home. I’m really tickled to know that what I thought I’d made up (the defile with the petroglyphs) actually exists! You haven’t been on any otherworldly adventures, have you?

      Thank you for writing, and if you haven’t already, be sure to get your free story and sign up for my VIP newsletter.

      Happy Reading!
      Frankie

  10. Diane Tuck

    Actually Frankie I have had a few otherworldly adventures, one involving the petroglyph site. Nothing like your story of course, but a lapse in time and a glimpse of a more ancient San Pedro Valley. I do love time travel stories.

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