Writer’s Corner for November, 2005
I met Francis Ray ever so briefly at the literacy signing during the 1996 National RWA Conference in Dallas; we spoke briefly about her romance The Bargain, a European Historical set in the Victorian period and published for the Denise Little/Pinnacle imprint by Kensington the year before.
The Bargain was not Ray’s first release, but I’ve tried to keep up with her career since that time, during which she has published more than two dozen additional books. Most have been published as Arabesque releases (either for Kensington or BET), but more recently she’s been published by St. Martin’s Press, and in January we can look forward to her contribution to the Signet anthology Chocolate Kisses.
In writing the recent At the Back Fence column focusing on the marketing of AA romance, Ray’s name was brought up, and I sought the opportunity for her to participate during the ATBF Message Board discussion on her experience as a black author who