December 3, 2013

12 days of writers - no. 2: francine lasala

Blogger's Note: Welcome to the 12 Days of Writing, Change the Word's annual December celebration. After two years of sharing writing tips, this year, I'm sharing 12 writers with you. For the first three weeks of December, you'll have a chance to meet 12 wonderful women and learn about their favorite holiday traditions. 

Today, I'm featuring Francine LaSala. Francine is an inventive and talented writer. Her novel, The Girl, the Gold Tooth & Everything had me gripped from the get-go and flipping the pages to get to the end. She also has a huge heart, whether it's her commitment to supporting fellow writers or bringing a little happiness to the world with the "Joy Jar" project. Basically, she's a great person to have on your side. Francine also writes a mean book blurb -- so keep that in mind, writers, if you ever find yourself stuck.


What’s your favorite holiday tradition?
My husband is both Italian and French (I think I usually talk about how French he is...) so every year at Christmas Eve, we have a traditional Italian Christmas Eve celebration at my in-laws’ house. My husband’s siblings and their S.O.s (and this time, one luscious baby!) all fly in to town for a week or so, and much merriment is had. Me and my girls buy fancy new dresses and get all glammed up--something we love to do together! So there’s that for Holiday Tradition, and also the Feast of the Seven Fishes--and so much other food! And champagne! And laughter! A boozy, gorgeous celebration. It really is the most wonderful feast of the year, and a tradition I hope we will always keep.


What is a must-have eat or treat this time of year?
Also for Christmas Eve, my (French) mother-in-law imports the most amazing pate in from France, I believe it’s duck, with a black truffle in the center. I know this is not for everyone, but if left to my own devices, I probably could eat an entire can of it (a case of cans) myself with a spoon. It truly is the most obscenely decadent treat I have ever savored.

What is the best gift you’ve ever received?
I know it comes up a lot but I still can’t get over this awesome Bionic Woman inflatable dome home my Aunt RoseMarie and late Uncle Donald got for me one year. I think I was seven or eight. I still want it so badly! I wish I knew what happened to it...


What is your favorite holiday read and watch?
It’s a Wonderful Life is my favorite holiday film. This has much to do with my ever-abiding “nerd love” and my lifelong devotion to Jimmy Stewart; however, it is also a truly excellent story! For a holiday read, I think it has to be the poem “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” My mother used to love to read that to us kids, and also to my kids, whom she took care of regularly. It will always remind me of her.

What’s one New Year’s resolution you’re making for 2014?
I lost my mother this year. I wasn’t expecting that. I know, I know, it’s not like we ever are. I do wish my last year’s resolution was to be sure to see my mom and talk to my mom and hug her as much as possible. I can’t change that, but I can make it a point to see and speak to and hug those I love that I am still blessed to have as much as I possibly can, or as much as they will allow. Whether they like it or not... Come on over here, little Laura. Let old aunt Frannie give you a squeeze! :-)

Thanks for having me on Change the Word, Laura! Happy Holidays to you and all of your readers, with many blessings coming your way in 2014. xo


About the Author
Francine LaSala has written nonfiction on every topic imaginable, from circus freaks to sex, and edited bestselling authors of all genres. She is now actively taking on clients for manuscript evaluations, editing services, copywriting (covers, blurbs, taglines, queries, and more), website and blog creation, and developing kickass social media campaigns. The author of novels Rita Hayworth’s Shoes and The Girl, The Gold Tooth & Everything, and the creator of The “Joy Jar” Project, she lives with her husband and two daughters in New York.

Connect with Francine
Website: http://www.francinelasala.com
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4679863.Francine_LaSala
Blog: https://clippingsintheshed.wordpress.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/francinelasala
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Francine-LaSala-Author/223109337705912
The “Joy Jar” Project: https://www.facebook.com/groups/318621974904272/

Buy Her Books
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16077524-the-girl-the-gold-tooth-and-everything
Diversion Books: http://www.diversionbooks.com/ebooks/girl-gold-tooth-everything-novel

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16 comments:

  1. That Italian Christmas Eve celebration sounds awesome, Francine! I'll leave you to your pate, though. ;)

    I remember those Bionic Woman dome houses! OMG, you are taking me back with that picture. I was always more of a Charlie's Angels girl, but the Bionic Woman did have some cool stuff.

    Your New Year's resolution is really lovely and I think it's something we all should do - remember who and what's important in our lives every day!

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    1. Ditto. Everyone can stand to say a few more I love yous and give a few more hugs every day. :)

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    2. I think one year I'm going to track down numerous Dome Homes and buy them for all the goddesses! Thanks, Tracie!

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  2. I wonder if the Bionic Woman inflatable dome home comes with WiFi...

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    1. LOL, Julie. I'm seriously cracking up here. Thanks for the laugh!

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    2. I seriously still want to live in it...

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  3. I've never seen a Bionic Woman dome house! I want one! Francine, your resolution is one we should all live by. We're so busy, but what truly matters the most is the people we love. Happy Holidays, my beautiful friend. I love you.

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    1. It really is a nice resolution -- I'll have to make it one of mine, too.

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  4. That Bionic Women dome reminds me of my three story Barbie Townhouse that when opened covered a really huge old desk. My townhouse didn't have WiFi, but it did have a walk in closet, the first one I'd ever seen and very attractive pool boy, his name was Ken and G.I. Joe was buff and ran security!

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    1. That's a pretty famous security guard! I never had a Barbie house, but I always wanted one. So much jealousy!

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    2. I also really enjoyed my Donnie and Marie dolls... Especially Donnie! (I know, gross. But I was a kid and he was way hotter than Ken.) Anyone also have those?

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  5. Wow, I never saw the dome house before. Nice! And it comes with an outdoor fireplace. Sweet!

    We recently learned of the Feast of the 7 Fishes (benefits of having a nephew date an Italian girl) so my brother made us a faes at last year. It was amazing.

    Great post. Love your resolution. Definitely words to live by.

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    1. It's so much fun! (And so very filling....) Thanks, Jackie!!

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  6. Love this! Perhaps it's the French in me talking, but I'd definitely partake in a little duck pate with you, Francine! And what a lovely resolution. Makes me want to drop everything and go hug those I love!!

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    1. I'd love to share that pate with you, Cat, but...MINE! IT'S ALL MINE!! (Well maybe some day!) :-)

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