Frank Fiore – Novelist & Screenwriter

September 4, 2014

MURRAN – A Positive Role for Teen Boys

Filed under: MURRAN — Frank Fiore @ 7:01 AM

Saw an interview by a writer or publisher the other day. Can’t remember which.

At any rate, she was talking about the latest trend in fiction – the female warrior.

Books and movies adapted from them project new role models for young teens. Positive role models of challenges faced and then overcome that force the young female to overcome adversity and projects a ‘warrior’ behavior that is positive and leads to self-development.

Three books mentioned as examples of this new trend were the Twilight series, Divergent and the Hunger Games.

What about teen boys? What role models are presented to them for warrior emulation?

Teen boys have two choices. Either violent video games where warriors commit murder, mayhem or worse – or the opposite. The diary of a Whimpy Kid.

Neither one is a positive approach to living the life of a warrior and the challenges of life. The current video games that entertain teen boys show unbridled violence as the answer to adversity. Warriors in a negative light instead of a positive one.

I wrote MURRAN to show teen boys a way to live as a warrior. A warrior that practices the positive growth development that all teen boys need and is so lacking in today’s entertainment venues.

Perhaps, if MURRAN catches on, it will start a trend.

More Writing Quotes

Filed under: On Writing — Frank Fiore @ 7:00 AM

“It’s a damn good story. If you have any comments write them on the back of a check.” – Erle Stanley Gardner, American Lawyer and Author of Detective Stories

“If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster.”  – Isaac Asimov, American Science-Fiction Author

And finally, here’s a quote that all real writers will understand:

“What no wife (or husband) of a writer understands is that a writer is working when staring out the window.”  – Burt Rascoe, American journalist, editor and literary critic of the New York Herald Tribune.

September 2, 2014

Trees

Filed under: Uncategorized — Frank Fiore @ 5:24 PM

An old saw about writing fiction goes like this:
 
Put your protagonist in a tree.
Throw rocks at he or her
Bring your protagonist down from the tree
 
Basically, put your protagonist into a difficult situation, throw impediments at him or her while they try and overcome the difficult situation, then bring them down from the tree as they solve the challenge.
 
In my opinion, that old saw is old news. Here’s the new one:
 
Put your protagonist in a tree.
Throw rocks at he or her
Bring your protagonist down from the tree
Put them back in the tree
Throw more rocks at he or her
Bring your protagonist down from the tree
 
This new saw includes what is called the ‘turnaround’ and every good story has one. Think back to the novels and stories that you have read. You’ll see that the good ones have a turnaround in every one of them.
 
Just when you think the hero or heroine has solved the challenge placed in front of them, all of a sudden everything goes to pot.
 
Take the movie ‘My Cousin Vinny’. One of my all time favorites. Three quarters through the story, Vinny, played by Joe Pesci, has made such a great argument for the defense that viewers feel the two young boys will be deemed innocent of murder. But then the prosecution brings in a surprise witness that proves the two are guilty. We all know that the two boys are innocent so at this turnaround, how does Vinny make the case for their innocence against such damning evidence.
 
He does and it is a perfect example of a turnaround. Watch the movie and find out.
 
The bottom line is that turnarounds in stories make for a very entertaining and rewarding experience. The moviegoer or reader gets their money’s worth.

Writing Historical Fiction – Part Two

Filed under: Uncategorized — Frank Fiore @ 5:23 PM

Chuck Sambuchino writes:
 
“There’s a funny sort of tension that occurs when writing historical fiction: Is it possible to achieve total historical accuracy while still telling a great story? Can’t one do both?”
 
I say yes if you follow the tips he gives in his article. Here are just a few – an important few that I am following in writing my next novel IJIN.
 
Have fun with the research, but do your homework. This should go without saying, but I’ll say it anyway. Borrow some good reference books. Become comfortable with the time period. Try to understand both the larger scope of the period, while examining aspects of daily life. This will help create an authentic backdrop for your novel.
 
After several months of haunting libraries, I finally found the books I needed online. They have become the cornerstone of the real events experienced by real people in the period. As for the historical period itself, I had that covered since I am a World War II aficionado.
 
Let the characters engage with the historical details. This goes along with that “show don’t tell” truism writers are told all the time. Rather than just dumping a bunch of facts on the poor reader, let your characters interact with these details with all these senses. Let them smell the offal dumped onto the cobblestone streets. Let them squint in the fading light of the tallow candles. Let them feel the tingling sensation as the physician places a leech on their bare skin.
 
Or in other words – bring the fiction into the historical events and visa versa.
 
Allow your characters to question and explore their place in society. This will help reveal the larger political, social, cultural context of the time. What were the expectations for women? For sailors? For criminals? How did people from different parts of society interact with one another?
 
My main thrust with this rule is the experience of the American teenage boy against the backdrop of World War Two Japan.
 
Let’s see how I do.

MURRAN Update

Filed under: Uncategorized — Frank Fiore @ 5:20 PM

We’re moving along.
 
My publisher sent me drafts of the book’s layout. I am very pleased with the font style and chapter headings. Headings are very safari font looking.
 
The marketing rep is doing a fine job pursuing the marketing plan I asked for. We are waiting now on responses from the Black conservative organizations, authors, politicians, columnists and celebrities on my list.

Hope to see more of the cover design soon.

July 31, 2014

FREE E-BOOKS !!

Filed under: Jeremy Nash Chronicles — Frank Fiore @ 8:00 AM

For five days, starting on August 9th and ending on August 13th, BLACK SUN – Book Three of the Chronicles of Jeremy Nash – will be FREE on Kindle Amazon.

Pick up a FREE copy and if you like the action/adventure story, buy the first two in the series.

Gaigin Name Change

Filed under: IJIN — Frank Fiore @ 7:59 AM

I’ve been thinking about the name of the book I’m writing now called Gaigin. A while back, I realized that a book by James Clavell had the same name. The title of his book was Gai-Jin.

Though nothing like Clavell’s book, I toyed with the idea of keeping the same title – without the ‘-‘ in it. I figured with such a popular author ‘s work being searched for online, my book would pop up next to his.

Free advertising.

But we must be ethical in this business and I’d rather be known for my own writing and not someone else’s – no matter how famous they might be.

So……I’m changing the name of my book to a word similar to gaigin – ijin. It means the same thing – foreigner, alien, or outcast in Japanese.

So IJIN it will be.

Write What You Know? Not Necessarily

Filed under: Frank Remarks,On Writing — Frank Fiore @ 7:57 AM

That time worn advice is given to all new authors. But I disagree.

I say write what you CAN know. That means, learn what you need to pursue a story idea.

I write in many genres. Some say authors should stick to one and be known for it. I’d rather be known as a Michael Crichton. I want to write stories that interest me no matter what the genre.

So I’ve written techno-thrillers, action/adventure, SyFy and speculative fiction. My next two books will be general fiction followed by a ‘What If ‘historical thriller. I want to give my readers a taste of many genres in hopes they would enjoy my work. A good story is a good story. Its purpose is to entertain the reader no matter what the genre.

Do you agree?

How Did Poe Die?

Filed under: Frank Remarks — Frank Fiore @ 7:57 AM

The final days of Edgar Allan Poe have inspired more conspiracy theories than JFK and Elvis combined.

There are over 26 theories including rabies, diabetes, epilepsy, carbon monoxide poisoning, alcohol dehydrogenase, and cooping.

But let’s examine the facts.

Matthew Mercier writes that it was a common practice in our young Democracy to abduct isolated people during city elections, ply them with liquor, and then force them to vote multiple times. (The democrats were stealing elections even back then).

This would explain Poe’s deathly state when found in a Baltimore tavern – which doubled as a polling site – and the fact that he was wearing clothes that were not his.

June 15, 2014

Ebooks Turning the Publishing World Upside Down

Filed under: On Writing — Frank Fiore @ 1:25 PM

Ebooks on course to outsell printed editions in UK by 2018.

The ebook will overtake the paperback and hardback as Britons’ preferred format for reading their favourite novels by 2018, according to a report. The UK consumer ebook market – which excludes professional and educational books – is forecast to almost triple from £380m to £1bn over the next four years.

Over the same period, accounting group PwC predicts that sales of printed editions will fall by more than a third to £912m as the UK population’s reading habits become dominated by tablets, with 50% of the country expected to own an iPad, Kindle or a similar device by 2018.

Nigel Newton, the chief executive of the Harry Potter publisher Bloomsbury, said the surge in ebooks had fuelled a “golden age of reading” in the UK.

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