Complementing my interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the three hundred and nineteenth, is of thriller / action adventure novelist and interviewee Frank F Fiore. If you would like to take part in an author spotlight, take a look at author-spotlights.
Frank Fiore is a bestselling author with more than 50,000 copies of his non-fiction books in print. He has now turned his talents to writing fiction. His first novel is the 5 Star rated cyber-thriller titled CYBEKILL. This was followed up with the 5Star rated three book series titled the Chronicles of Jeremy Nash. His latest work is a book of speculative & SyFy short stories titled THE ORACLE.
The ORACLE consists of a series of short stories tied together by means of a background story – a story within a story (similar to Ray Bradbury’s “Illustrated Man”). And like the Jeffrey Archer and Twilight Zone stories, the Oracle short stories are written with surprise endings.
The background story begins with a young musician on his way to Phoenix from Los Angles for a concert. He is given a car by his manager and shortly after entering Arizona it breaks down. Out in the middle of nowhere he decides to hitch a ride to the nearest town for help. While waiting for a ride, the weather turns inclement and he seeks refuge at a ranch house inhabited by an old and lonely couple. They invite him in and persuade him to stay for dinner.
After eating, they retire to the living room. After a while, the old woman offers to show their guest some of their three dimensional slides on their old-time stereoscope.
Being polite, the young man decides to endure the request. His hosts carefully remove a set of slides from a shiny metallic box from under the coffee table and place the first one in the stereoscope’s viewer. They instruct the young man to hold the stereoscope up to the living room lamp and focus it towards the viewer. When the viewer is focused and the light hits the slide, something amazing happens.
The still 3D image begins to move!
The first image he sees tells a tale that happens to be one of the short stories in the series. At the end of the first story, the young man turns to question his hosts on this wonderfully strange device. The couple just smile and offer him another slide. He asks again what the device is and where did it come from. The couple respond that the device is an ordinary stereoscope of the early 1900s that they purchased from a Sears catalog many years ago.
But the slides – ah yes, the slides. That’s another matter indeed.
Frank has also written “To Christopher” that, under the guise of a book to his young son, leads the reader through social commentary, personal experience and entertaining stories that take the reader on a thoughtful journey through the challenges and opportunities that face the next generation. Frank’s writing experience also includes guest columns on social commentary and future trends published in the Arizona Republic and the Tribune papers in the metro Phoenix area. Through his writings, he has shown an ability to explain in a simplified manner, complex issues and trends.
And now from the author himself:
Many years ago, I started collecting ideas for my novels. I created file folders for each proposed story I would write. As I found any and all material that fit the story line, I would drop it into the assigned folder. This would include websites, books, news items, magazine articles, videos, etc. etc. This process has worked well for me in helping develop my stories. Since then I’ve completed five novels and currently doing research on a sixth novel. I have at least three more in the hopper. I write thrillers, action / adventures / syfy and mainstream fiction. I’m told that I write in the vein of Michael Crichton because we both write in many different genres.
I was recently asked, ‘Which is more important to your story, character or plot?’ Without a doubt, Plot. Plot. Plot. Without plot, characters have nothing to do. Plot first then develop characters to drive the plot. And in the process, SHOW don’t TELL.
A fellow popular author colleague of mine gave me the best writing advice I’ve ever received: Write, write and write. Create a backlist of books. If one takes off, readers will flock to your other books. The more books you have in the marketplace the better return on your writing time when your first book becomes popular.
I break a cardinal rule on writing. I don’t read other author’s books. I haven’t read a book in 10 years. What I do is watch tons and tons of movies because I write my novels as movies. I’ve learned a lot about writing watching and dissecting movies – plotting, character development, pacing, etc.
You can find more about Frank and his writing via… www.frankfiore.com.
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