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Francesca Hornak: A Q&A
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She Writes
October 2018
Written by
She Writes
October 2018

Our October Guest Editor, Francesca Hornak, is celebrating the paperback release of her debut novel Seven Days of Us all month long. Get to know the talented author now with this Q&A where Hornak talks about everything from her writing routine to the moment she truly felt like a writer. 

Describe your writing routine

I work between 9 am and midday every morning, which is the window when my children are in the nursery. I have a circuit of local cafés where I write, averting my eyes from the Wi-Fi password and wearing earplugs so I don’t lose time eavesdropping. I can’t do anything without two coffees and peanut butter on toast. The goal is to write 1,000 words per day.

When was the moment you started to feel like a writer?

In one sense I’ve felt like a writer since I was a child – I’m a chronic people watcher and analyzer and I’ve always enjoyed pinning things down in words. But I won’t feel like this is my day job until I’ve had at least two novels published. When people ask what I do I still say, journalist.

 What is the number one piece of advice you'd give to aspiring authors?

Read the best fiction. You’ll learn more (and enjoy yourself more) than reading writing advice. 

Who inspires you?

Writers whose phrases and stories stick with me. I love Lorrie Moore, Jennifer Egan, Alan Hollinghurst and Nabokov.

Why is it important for women to tell their stories?

Because they make up half the human race.

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