Francine A. Yates

Francine A. Yates
Carrie O and Me
What A Women God Made

Interviewed by: Lauretta Pierce
March 6, 2003

1. Who is Francine A. Yates?

I am a spirit filled Christian lady who enjoys being a wife, mother, mentor, and author. I especially enjoy spending quality time with the elderly.

2. What inspired you to write the novel "Carrie O and Me?"

My Aunt Carrie and I were very close. After her death, I decided to pen a short story and dedicate it to her. You can say I used the writing as a form of therapy.

3. How did you come up with the title "Carrie O and Me?"

I knew I wanted the title “Carrie O and Me” but my faith gave me the second part, “What A Woman God Made.”

4. How did you come about Linda's character?

I did a lot of praying when I was writing this book. You can say God directed my thoughts and guided me into creating this marvelous young lady.

5. How did you come about the memories Linda and the other characters had for Mrs. Carrie?

I wanted Mrs. Carrie to have a great impact on the character’s lives and to see the benefits serving a true and living God. I wanted Mrs. Carrie’s spirit to be sprinkled throughout the book which is produced through the characters’ memories.

6. How long did it take you to write "Carrie O and Me?"

I started this book in 1994 but I really didn’t get serious until 1999. I prayed and asked God “What was my gift?” God placed a wonderful friend in my life who talked me into completing this story and I am glad she did.

7. Will there be a sequel to "Carrie O and Me?"

I have a storyline in mind and by the grace of God, I hope to complete it this year.

8. Do any of the characters in this novel have your personality?

Yes, Linda does She is a respectful young lady who doesn’t want to bring shame to God or Mrs. Carrie and that is how I am . With God in my life, I have found Psalm 84: 11 to be a very true scripture, “No good thing will he withhold from them that walk upright.”

9. What message would you like readers to receive from reading "Carrie O and Me?"

I want people to see themselves in this book; to examine themselves. I would want young ladies to see how much can be gained in life by being respectful to others. Like in Titus 2: 3-4 I would hope to inspire all mature Christian women to help those in need of direction and guidance from the Lord.