Donald Finnaeus Mayo

Author of Francesca



Donald Finnaeus Mayo was born in London and grew up in Australia and South East Asia, the backdrop for his novel, Francesca.

He was educated in England, where he graduated in Politics and Culture. At various times he has worked as a radio journalist for the BBC, a business writer for major corporations, and as a photographer. He currently lives in Hampshire with his wife and three children.


Three Questions for Donald Finnaeus Mayo

Why do you write?

It’s a way for me to make sense of the world around me.

What advice do you have to anyone who wants to write?

A novel is like a marathon (not that I’ve ever run one!); you need to settle into a rhythm. Turning up every day is the way to get it done.

How do you see the future of fiction?

I think the desire to share stories will always be there, but the way those stories are shared will continue to evolve. I don’t think we should get too hung up on the technology; besides, it would be a bit hypocritical of me to insist people read my work in book form when I have a hundred or so albums loaded onto my phone.


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