Francis James Franklin

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Francis has a beautiful wife and daughter. He loves reading, usually sci-fi and fantasy, and is occasionally compelled to write.

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Francis James Franklin I have never deliberately copied a title, but Kings of Infinite Space and Serpent in Eden are (unsurprisingly) also used by other authors. The first i…moreI have never deliberately copied a title, but Kings of Infinite Space and Serpent in Eden are (unsurprisingly) also used by other authors. The first is such an obvious quote from Shakespeare, and deliberately so, that it clearly isn't copying from anyone else. The second... Well, I wanted the title, and I have no idea who used it first.

In both cases, the title can be extended, i.e.:
Kings of Infinite Space, or: The Quest for Alina Meridon
The Slave-Girl and the Vampire: 2. Serpent in Eden

With Kings of Infinite Space, I wrote this during 1998-2000 and it wasn't so easy in those days to search for other books with the same title. Were I choosing the title today, I would be searching Amazon to make sure I had a title that's sufficiently unique, and would no doubt have discarded Kings of Infinite Space in favour of simply The Quest for Alina Meridon(less)
Francis James Franklin Re. Formatting texts, tweets, etc., in novels.

In S&tM I had one exchange of text messages:


Cleo: 'Can I see you again? Tonight?'

Yours truly: 'W…more
Re. Formatting texts, tweets, etc., in novels.

In S&tM I had one exchange of text messages:


Cleo: 'Can I see you again? Tonight?'

Yours truly: 'What do you have in mind?'

Cleo: 'Surprise me, bitch.'

Yours truly: 'Jenny has some new DVDs if you want to stay over again. Ask your mum.'

Cleo: 'She says fine.'

Yours truly: 'Dave's Place on the Waterfront. 11 p.m. latest. Your name will be on the guest list.'


I did nothing to emphasise that these were texts, but in fact I don't think it's very clear. In S&tM I was consciously avoiding the use of font modifiers, i.e., different fonts, or bold or italic, etc., although that is problematic and I wouldn't recommend it.

A change of font size is a common trick in formatting, especially the use of indentation and reduced font size for quotations. For texts, a change of font could work well:
Cleo: Surprise me, bitch.

In eBooks there are even more options, e.g., the use of colour. You could use colour and font styles and even images to mimic tweets or other media exchanges.

Do have caution, however. Formatting tricks can be very distracting for the reader. In Kings of Infinite Space I experimented by putting wizard speech (similar to telepathy) into dark blue italics. On B&W eReaders the blue will look like normal black, of course, but on iPads, Kindle Fires, etc., you see the sentences really stand out even though the blue is quite dark.(less)
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September 2017 Gravity @ AlinaMeridon

What is it with women and moving vehicles?

So, Saudi Arabia to allow women to drive in major milestone for country. Excellent news, of course, but I was amused to read: "In October 2013, shortly after a prominent cleric claimed that medical studies showed driving damaged a woman's ovaries, 60 women took part in a protest, driving in spite of warnings from the authorities."

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Francis Franklin Hi Robin,

Always nice to hear from you. I hope the writing is going well. I look forward to seeing the interview. As always, my advice is to have fun with it. A character interview is so much more interesting when it's part of a story, especially if the interviewer is risking their life to ask any questions at all...

I haven't done much with vampires, lately, apart from occasional bits and pieces on my blog. I wrote two novelettes last year, neither about vampires, and decided to try to get them published. One successfully, and that's due out in June. The other was rejected by the same publisher, and ignored by a second; I need to reformat and try a third.


message 5: by Robin

Robin Hi, Francis,
I've been making too much of a stranger of myself lately, and I'm sorry for it. I want to let you know that I'm at last getting ready to write the second interview with my vampire Luke, the one that Carletta is supposed to have a hand in. I know, it's been well over 2 years, so I'm giving you fair warning that I'm reviving The Vampire Lover's Blog Award. I'm not yet sure how to bridge the time gap and deal with the extra questions that were added since the last interview, but I think it will be very interesting. How have you been? And all your characters?

Steelwhisper Thanks for accepting, and then I'm relieved ;)

Francis Franklin Hiya,

It's possible to do it automatically via the RSS feed, and I did that for a couple of days after moving to, but I don't like the way it messes up formatting.

So, instead, I just do it manually. Copy/paste a few lines, add the title, tags and put a link to the real blog post.

I think it looks better, but it is extra work and sometimes it takes me a couple of days to get round to doing it.

message 2: by Nada

Nada Sobhi Hey there,
Hope you're well.
I was wondering how you link your blog to Goodreads.


message 1: by Megan

Megan Cashman No problem! It was an interesting look on the topic.

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