Interview with author Barbara Francesca Murphy

Book: Lucina’s Letters

Q1. Hello, can you please introduce yourself? Readers would love to know more about you.

My name is Barbara Francesca Murphy, I was born in Austria, moved to the States at age 16 where I graduated from high-school. Afterwards I went back to Austria to study Tourism and Hotel Management. Later on I moved to Ireland where I am still living now.

Q2. What were the key challenges you faced while writing ‘Lucina’s letters’ book?

The key challenges for me are always time, interruptions and computer issues. Not just for Lucina’s Letters, but also for my first book Second Chances and for the book I am currently writing.
There is never enough time and interruptions are plentiful. While writing my first book, I pressed a button on my laptop and the whole manuscript disappeared. Eventually it was recovered by a computer whiz. Needless to say, I am quite fond of saving my documents now.

Q3. What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?

I love reading, I am always reading something and I have great admiration for many authors, e.g John Grisham, but I cannot say that any have influenced my writing. I think it is very important to develop your own style.

Q4. What’s your favorite spot to visit in your own country? And what makes it so special to you?

Favourite spots for me are always in nature. I don’t just have one particular spot but rather many that I enjoy. As long as I am in nature, mountains, walks, lakes..I am happy.

Q5. Is there lots to do before you start writing a book?

I don’t prepare much before I start writing. Usually an idea forms, a plot develops and I set about writing. I don’t have the whole book mapped out in my head. The story and characters develop as I write.

Q6. How long did it take you to write ‘Lucina’s letters’ book?

Lucina’s Letters took me around 9 months to write.

Q7. On what platforms readers can find ‘Lucina’s letters’ book to buy?

Lucina’s Letters is available on Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, Waterstones, and other book stores.

Q8. Tell us about the process of coming up with the book cover and the title ‘Lucina’s letters’?

I wanted the book cover to feature a piece of Italy, as part of the novel is set in Italy. I chose the name Lucina’s Letters as Lucina is the matriarch of the family and the one who brings a dark secret to light. Lucina playes an essential part in this book. She writes a few letters, one for her own funeral, one to summon her family and one, the most important one and the only one that is actually detailed, to expose the families secrets.

Q9. When writing a book how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?

I like to write about different characters and their quirks, about real life situations and drama. I also like to have some humour in my books.

Q10. Are there any secrets from the book (that aren’t in the blurb), you can share with your readers?

The book is full of secrets but talking about them now would only spoil things. I guess you just have to read the book.

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