An Interview With Renee Francois For Breeze Magazine


Remember the ’90s? Pocahontas was the Disney blockbuster du jour, bell bottoms were back (only we called them “flared”), and the Y2k Apocalypse seemed a real possibility.

This is the world of my latest novel, When Death Comes For You: A New World Legal Thriller. In 1992, Haitian-American lawyer Renee François found herself called to defend those for whom the apocalypse had come early.  After a coup toppled Haiti’s democratically elected president, Haitians took to the sea in a desperate attempt to save their lives. The novel explores Renée’s struggle with her own demons even as she works to uncover a murder mystery that might just save her own life . . .

When I finished writing the novel, there were plenty more questions I wanted to ask Renée. Why not ask her directly? This thought, coupled with my obsession with the ’90s, gave birth to the idea of interviewing Renée for a 1990s-style women’s magazine. Why? Because I loved ’90 women’s magazines! They brought intellect and wit (not to mention fashion tips) to their audience. I survived Y2k thanks in part to those magazines.

So, I created the fictional BREEZE magazine. You won’t find tips on wearing bell bottoms/flared pants, but you will find an interview with my character, Renée François. I also answer a few commonly asked questions about my work–all in the “breezy” and fun style of a ’90s magazine.

As an additional bonus, I can tell you that the magazine article plays a critical role in the plot of the second book in the series, The Legacy: A New World Legal Thriller, which is now undergoing top-to-bottom editorial revisions. Keep a lookout for its relaunch coming soon.

Law Rules: An Interview With Renée François

Renée François is running late. She rushes into our meeting with windswept hair, an off-white Armani suit, and an apologetic smile.

As a writer, I’ve had interview subjects arrive late before, but Renée’s excuse is a new one. “I was meeting with Aristide and lost track of time. Traffic from the National Palace is terrible.”

How does a lawyer from Brooklyn find herself keeping company with a head of state? This is an interesting question. We should probably start from the beginning more . . .

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