One Foot Outside The Door – author interview – Vina St. Fran

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Paperback Writer welcomes Vina St. Fran, author of the fiction novel, One Foot Outside The Door. Read the interview below to see her favorite part of the novel.


One Foot Outside the Door Synopsis:

A scorned, yet beautiful black woman finds love again after being rejected by her Iraqi-American high school sweetheart.  

As she prepares for her upcoming nuptials, her former lover comes back to claim the love they once shared.



Hi Vina,


Welcome to Paperback Writer



Will you share with us how you came up with the idea for this book? 


I would love to! I grew up in a very diverse neighborhood in Southfield, Michigan. There were many ethnic groups, including African-American, Caucasian, Jewish, Middle-Eastern, and other ethnic groups. I have read many novels, yet they didn’t reflect the richness of my upbringing which indeed acted as inspiration in writing “One Foot Outside the Door”.


Do you plan your stories first with an outline or does it come to you as write it?


I don’t write with an outline because for me, it limits my creativity as it provides a certain structure that I find restrictive. I go with the creative process as it comes to me when I sit at the keyboard and begin to type throughout the entire story. 


Do you know the end of the story at the beginning?


Boy, that’s a tricky question! I have to say that I didn’t for “One Foot Outside The Door”. I truly had to let the characters have their own voice and come into their own. I think that this is what made the ending truly authentic for me and many fans who have expressed as much. I don’t know if I would be able to say the same, if I would have known the ending at the beginning.


Do you have a process for developing your characters?


I do use a formal system for characterization. I really get into the minds of my characters by writing out an outline of traits in a form that is similar to a SWOT (Strengths, weakness, opportunity, threats) analysis before I start writing on a project initially. I then put it away until I am midway through the novel to evaluate how much the characters are like I imagined or if they changed. This also helps me know whether or not as a writer, I have grown based on my findings.  


It is said that authors write themselves into their characters. Is there any part of you in your characters and what they would be?


Gosh! I am a free-spirit in a lot of ways, as are a couple of the characters in the book. Cyndarella Worthy, the heroine, hates drama, as I do, but for some reason, it seems to find me at some point, which causes upheavals. I love the characters in my book, and share similarities however, I am my own woman.


What is your most favorite part about this book?


Are you kidding me? It was a labor of love! I love it all! 


When in the process of writing your book did you begin to look for a publisher?


Once I was finished, I became active in looking for a home to publish my novel.


What struggles have you had on the road to being published?


The long wait time it takes in getting a response for potential publishers was frustrating. I’m not a patient person by at all. This is the main reason I decided to self-publish which has turned out to be the best thing that could have happened not only for me, but for my readers, as I have creative control and I am not limited by the needs or desires of a publishing house.


What has been the best part about being published?


The positive response of readers, and writers who have really supported “One Foot Outside The Door”.  This for me has been the best part of being published as an author.


What do you want readers to remember and carry with them after reading your novel?


I believe in writing, the material has to have substance which provokes the consciousness of your audience.  Many readers have told me they have had a cathartic transformation or realization about themselves because they read my work and became inspired due to the uniqueness of the story line for “One Foot Outside The Door”. I am proud of this because not only was the book entertaining, it also enlightened my audience and that is invaluable to me.


Do you have plans to write another book?


Yes, please stay tuned to my website for more details. Readers can anticipate a follow-up to “One Foot Outside The Door” in 2009.


Would you care to share with us how the virtual book tour experience with Pump Up Your Book Promotion has been for you?


This has been a great partnership which I encourage future authors to take advantage of. The level of professionalism by the staff, and the added exposure that is specifically tailored for you, based on your project, is truly quite unique and remarkable.


Where can readers find a copy of your book?


They can find it online at Amazon or Barnes and Noble, and other major bookstores.


Do you have a website for readers to go to?


Yes! For more information about me or future projects, please go to: I can be reached on my blog at: and lastly, I now have a account.


Thank you, Vina for sharing your book and characters with us today. It has been a pleasure and I hope you have had a successful virtual book tour.




ONE FOOT OUTSIDE THE DOOR VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR ’08 will officially begin on May 1, 2008 and continue all month. If you would like to follow Vina’s tour in progress, visit in May. Leave a comment on her blog stops and become eligible to win a free copy at the end of her tour! One lucky winner will be announced on this tour page on May 30!



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