The Devil’s Bridge


An uplifting, sad and funny story that follows the love of a soldier and a nurse through WW1 and afterwards as they struggle to keep their love safe from forces bent on its destruction. One critic described a chapter as ‘The most delightful sex scene in the history of historical fiction’.

Tell us a little about yourself. (What you do for a living, for fun, etc.)

I write novels and screenplays when I'm not busy around my garden in beautiful SW France surrounded by vineyards and orchards. I help the wine producers by consuming their efforts.

Do you write full time or part time

Part time. I try to do four hours per day.

How do you structure your day when you write

I write in the afternoons.

Why do you write? (Example; For fun, to make extra money, a personal experience you want to share with the public)

I was fortunate in being able to retire relatively young. To keep physically fit I walk the dog and work in the garden. But one has to keep the brain working so I took up writing.

What are you working on right now / or your most recent work

A two book novel series set in Havana.

What inspired you to create this book

The Devil's Bridge came out of my interest in WW1 and how the power of love can be so strong that it overcomes obstacles.

What genre do you write in and why did you choose it

Romance mainly, because I'm a Romantic at heart. But I write in many genres, Action/Adventure, Political Thriller, Horror, Suspense, Crime. The one constant is that Romance features at the core of the story.

How much research did you do on your book? (If it applies)

I read a lot and research on the net. I also visit the National Archives in Kew, London.

How do you think you have evolved creatively from when you first started writing until now

I started off writing pantos for an Am Dram group and from that learned a lot about dialog and plot. I graduated to screenplays and now novels.

What was the hardest thing about writing this book for you

Keeping the pace of the narrative going and the mammoth task of writing ninety thousand words.

How do you think you have evolved creatively from when you first started writing until now

My subconscious is now more active in supplying ideas as they suddenly appear when I write whereas when I started they didn't come easily.

Are you a planner type person, or do you prefer to dive right in when you write

I am not constant. I have written from well planned outlines and I have also written as the story unfolds in my head. It all depends on the project and how I feel about it.

How much dialogue do you have with your readers

Not a lot but I am attempting to improve on that.

Do they influence your writing

The few I am in contact with help a great deal in spotting my mistakes.

Do you recommend being a part of a support groups to help you with your writing

That depends on the individual. it is good for some and not so good for others.

Do you work with an editor If so, how much input do they have

I always have my work copy edited but for plot editing I use an editor when I feel I need one.

Was there anyone in your past that you think influenced your writing


Do you have any tips or useful resources on marketing

Read any 'how to' available and then make up your own mind.

How are you publishing this book? (Indie / self-published, traditional)

It is self published

What are your thoughts on book series

A good idea and way to increase your readership

Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers


What is your favorite book or film Why is it your favorite

Start writing earlier

What are you working on next

A two novel series set in Havana

When you come to a point in your writing where you get frustrated for some reason, how do you deal with it

Have a cup of tea

What advice would you give a writer that is just starting out

Sit down and do it!

About the Author

Fran Connor

I'm a British author living in SW France with six full length novels and series of nine novellas published.