Frank Fiore – Novelist & Screenwriter

January 27, 2016

WOW!! That Was Quick!

Filed under: Westerns — Frank Fiore @ 9:09 AM

The first editorial review of Gunfight at Black Ridge is in on Amazon. You can pre-order my newest foray into  my next genre here.

Review

After a climactic end to a battle, a lone survivor marches out of the Civil War into the post-war American West. It is a beautifully written book, hazy and golden, it’s not like Fiore’s other work, at all.

“Black Ridge” is an obvious solution to the problem with westerns today. A third of the geriatric Westerns being written have afforded new employment for the wrinkles and creases of old men trying their hand at writing. It’s when you read a book like this one that you realize that the vitality of westerns is still alive, and well. In Fiore’s hands a simple story becomes a bonanza.

Colson Rodgers leaves the war to return home. There he finds that the life he left behind has gone forever. The friends he trusted, may not be trustworthy and the girl he saved on the journey home… may be the one who makes everything better. Action-packed, riveting to the end and, hopefully, the first of a slew of westerns from Fiore.

R Thomas
Western Writers Guild

 

January 26, 2016

MURRAN NEWS!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Frank Fiore @ 10:48 AM

Big doin’s with MURRAN.

MURRAN is now an audio book. You can purchase and download it at AMAZON.

It’s FREE with an AMAZON Audible trial. Otherwise, you can buy it for $21.83

Check out the free sample.

What the….? Frank is writing Horse Operas?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Frank Fiore @ 10:46 AM

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You heard right. Here’s why.

About three months ago, I asked my marketing guy who got me the publisher for MURRAN, what’s making consistent money in book publishing today besides romance novels.

His reply. Westerns. Cowboy stuff – John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, etc. Western readers supposedly scoff up this genre and buy any new Western that comes out.

Now, I’m a huge John Wayne fan – my wife says she can compete with anyone’s attention of me except for John Wayne – nor do I know much about writing Westerns but with the help of a writing coach and story polisher, I’m putting out my first one.

I’m supposed to be a writer – correct? Then I should be able to write anything.

It’s gonna be fun.

Stay tuned.

October 30, 2015

‘Something Deeply Disturbing Is Happening All Across America’

Filed under: MURRAN — Frank Fiore @ 10:20 AM
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That’s the headline of an article in the World Street Journal.

And I might add a comment from a reader that is very apropos.

If the members of the white hooded club from the 1870’s to the 1950’s could be alive today, they would revel in what black men are doing to one another. Very sad!!

A chill wind has changed police behavior, and now violent crime is rising – and it’s victims are almost entirely young black men.

How did it get to this point? The article explains.

Far more people are being killed in America’s cities this year than in many years. And let’s be clear: far more people of color are being killed in America’s cities this year. And it’s not the cops doing the killing.

 We are right to focus on violent encounters between law enforcement and civilians. Those incidents can teach all of us to be better. But something much bigger is happening. Most of America’s 50 largest cities have seen an increase in homicides and shootings this year, and many of them have seen a huge increase. These are cities with little in common except being American cities—places like Chicago, Tampa, Minneapolis, Sacramento, Orlando, Cleveland, and Dallas.

 If what we are seeing in America this year continues, we will be back to talking about how law enforcement needs to help rescue black neighborhoods from the grip of violence. All lives matter too much for us to let that happen. We need to figure out what’s happening and deal with it now.

 Communities of color need to demand answers. Police and civilian leaders need to demand answers. Academic researchers need to hit this hard.

 My new novel Murran offers some suggestions.

It quotes and old African proverb:

“If you don’t initiate the young, they will burn down the village to feel the heat.”

That quote explains a lot of what ‘s happening in our cities today. We must initiate the young into adulthood and that means teaching them what it means to be a responsible adult.

Respect for oneself and other people and taking responsibility for one’s actions and for one’s community. These are ADULT values and must be taught to our children as the transition from child to adult.

But this rite of passage is more than a transition. It is a transformation that challenges the young person to become respectful person and responsible adults of their community.

As the title of the article says, there is something deeply disturbing happening to our youth and only a deep transformation will cure it.

October 22, 2015

A Perfect Storm – An Interview with Author Saylor Storm

Filed under: Uncategorized — Frank Fiore @ 8:11 AM

For Saylor Storm, reality becomes fantasy, or is it that imagination turns into real life experience?

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Saylor Storm is fascinated by how frequently the line between reality and fantasy crosses in her writing practice. She feels that writing novels is an astonishing way to play with something from real life and turning into something fun or playful and sometimes a bit twisted.

Her characters all experience real life joy and pain, reinvention, survival and victory. They share the process of evolution and expansion. The places in her stories take place where she has lived or visited, from the beaches of Malibu to the islands in Fiji and destinations in between, including the monastery in one of her novels.

Saylor’s stories reflect her many personal interests including fitness, wine, healthy foods. She’s intrigued by the spiritual world and that of metaphysics. She hopes the reader is as entertained reading her books as she is writing them.

One of Saylor’s many passions is hiking. Readers can enjoy fabulous photos of her treks posted on her Facebook page, author Saylor Storm. She loves hearing from her readers. You can reach her at www.SaylorStorm.com

Amazon Author Page | Facebook | Twitter | GoodReads | Website

Her latest book is entitled ‘Basking in the Light’.

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So Saylor, tell my readers something about your self.

If you could change anything about the way you were raised, what would it be?

I would want to go back and see what life would have been like if my mother had not passed at away at an early age. When she died everything in my family’s life was permanently altered.

If you could wake up tomorrow having gained one quality or ability, what would it be?

The ability to sing: to know what it is like to move people emotionally just from the sound of my voice.

What is the greatest accomplishment of your life?

Having my son. I didn’t have an easy time getting him here and he has turned out to be an extraordinarily capable and compassionate human being.

What projects are you working on now?

We are working on a second love trivia book for Valentine’s Day. This one will have an emphasis on the science of kissing. I’m completing the third book in the Sue’s Journey trilogy called Sue’s Legacy and I have started my first fantasy romance that does not have a working name yet. All three books will be released in 2016.

What’s next on the horizon for you?

I have dozens of book ideas in several different genres though I am most anxious to venture into the fantasy genre. I will be teaching more classes on social media marketing for authors.

Now tell us about ‘Basking in the Light’.

The story is about an ambitious budding reporter, Ellen Singer, who grows weary of being alone and pursues a partner through an online dating site; it turns out to be the worst decision of her life. Courted by a handsome, successful author, she is abducted and held captive by his murderous younger brother on a remote island. Ellen fights for her health and sanity while in captivity. She is forced to witness monstrous acts by her captor all the while dependent on him for her survival. Ultimately she is saved by seasoned FBI agent, Arnie Darrow, and rushed to the hospital in a fight for her life. Family and friends stand by hoping for Ellen’s complete recovery. The young reporter pulls through only to struggle with the psychological aftermath of her abduction. Is tenacious Ellen capable of returning to her former self or is she forever altered by her horrific experience? And, what part, if any, does Arnie Darrow play in her recovery?

Where can readers find buy your book?

They can buy ‘Basking in the Light’ at BARNES & NOBLE  or at AMAZON.

 

Listen to author Saylor Storm as she discusses her new release, Basking in the Light!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78PJ1tYFQwY

 

TWO GREAT PRIZES during Saylor Storm’s blog tour. Register to win a SIGNED copy of  BASKING IN THE LIGHT. There will be 15 copies given away. Also Saylor is giving away cultured pearl jewelry set of a necklace and bracelet.

Register to Win on Saylor Storm Raffle Webpage:  http://saylorstorm.com/raffle/

Finally – Two-4-One Limited Time BONUS :

Purchase Basking in the Light, and receive the novella Reclamation FREE … After purchase send Saylor an email at Saylor@SaylorStorm.com  And Saylor will respond with your bonus book.

 

August 20, 2015

#blacklivesmatter is Asking the Wrong Question to the Wrong People

Filed under: MURRAN — Frank Fiore @ 8:43 AM
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#BlackLivesMatter is wasting its time with Democrats.

The Washington Post published a recent article on the statement above by Leon Wolf – and it’s damning.

I think #BlackLivesMatter is wasting its time pressing Democrats for answers, or action. The party of big government can’t meet their demands.

the movement should direct more of its focus toward a crucial link in the chain that drives a substantial portion of hostile interactions between black Americans and police. The emphasis should be on asking: Why are police brought into hostile interactions with black people so often in the first place? It’s because of the big-government policies and practices of the supposedly liberal Democrats that the #BlackLivesMatter crowd is petitioning for help.

Don’t take my word for it; take the word of President Obama’s Department of Justice, which set forth, in painstaking detail, in its report on the practices of the Ferguson, Missouri Police Department all the ways in which pressure to generate additional revenue to pay for the city’s expenses led the Ferguson police to attempt to maximize city revenue by meeting ticket quotas and goals. This pressure was applied without regard to whether the increase in citations related in any meaningful way to public safety or the well-being of the city’s residents. The results of any such program of revenue generation are entirely predictable: If a town directs its cops to write more tickets, they will.

And human nature fills in the rest of the story.

Officers will give the most questionable tickets to the people least likely to hire a lawyer or to have their side of the story believed in court, even if they do — minorities and those without means. It’s a system with a foreseeable outcome of putting police officers on a path that leads directly to conflict with the most marginalized citizens in their jurisdiction, in a town where the municipal budget is being subsidized by a hidden tax on its African American residents, extracted with force by the police.

#BlackLivesMatter protesters won’t find answers to these systemic causes of hostile police interactions with black citizens by asking Democrats, because Democrats are too invested in a system that drains revenue from individuals any way it can. And their candidates don’t have the incentive to run on a platform of cutting budgets, or eliminating the hidden regressive taxes on alcohol, tobacco and gas that help prop up big-city governments.

Instead, #BlackLivesMatter protesters should invest more time engaging a Republican contender like Sen. Rand Paul about his ideas on criminal justice reform and demilitarization of the police — which are realistic, detailed and come from a candidate who advocates consistently and across the board for getting government out of citizens’ lives. Or they should start a dialogue with Gov. Bobby Jindal regarding legislation he signed to reduce sentencing for drug-related offenses in Louisiana. Or they should talk to former governor Rick Perry about how his state reduced its incarcerated population in recent years through conservative-minded justice reforms.

Finally:

If #BlackLivesMatter is interested in solutions that begin to reduce the mistreatment of African American citizens by police — from leaders who’ve demonstrated that they have a genuine interest in the issue along with the ability to put reforms in place — they should consider a serious discussion with some of the leaders of the conservative movement. The dialogue they’re having now isn’t likely to produce  results much different from what Democrats have delivered in the past.

I address some of these issues facing Black America in my novel MURRAN. It would be beneficial of  #blacklivesmatter to pick it up and read it.

August 19, 2015

The New Visigoths

Filed under: Uncategorized — Frank Fiore @ 9:07 AM
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These samples and many others represent an attack on our culture and civilization.

Those that seek to bring down all the foundations of what is termed ‘Western Civilization’ and Judeo-Christian values are no more than barbarians at the gates. They are our modern day Visigoths who sacked another Western Civilization – Rome in 410 AD.

The systematic attempt of radicals of dismantling our culture piece by piece must be stopped – no matter what the idealistic agenda.

Yes. Western Civilization is not perfect but it brought us Capitalism – not the crony capitalism of corrupt governments – that is emulated in some form all round the world. It partook in, then eliminated slavery, with the cost of over half of million American lives in the Civil War. And has given the world a culture of music, literature, philosophy and art that still stands today as part of the greatest achievements of mankind.

The weave of civilization is very vulnerable and if we keep pulling on its threads, we will have no social fabric left.

The Visigoths would have won.

August 17, 2015

Have We Reached the Point of No Return?

Filed under: MURRAN — Frank Fiore @ 11:23 AM
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Racial hate and division brought on by vocal radicals is smothering the positive approaches and values displayed in my novel MURRAN.

From a recent article from the Canadian Globe and Mail.

Michael Brown’s death last year in Ferguson, Mo., created a new martyr for the black movement in America. Never mind what really happened: to many people, black and white alike, Mr. Brown was the victim of racist policing in a racist system in which all whites are complicit. If you question this narrative, beware. You will be judged as part of the problem.

But is it true? Is the system racist? Are all whites complicit? According to the most influential black intellectual in the U.S. today, the answer is yes.

 “Here is what I would like for you to know,” writes Ta-Nehisi Coates in his new book, which is addressed to his 14-year-old son. “In America, it is traditional to destroy the black body – it is heritage.”

Is he correct? Is he mouthing a character named Armstead in MURRAN when he said:

Armstead pointed to a stocky, well-toned Black teen named Denzel—a Q-tip-like Afro encompassing his round head. “Has the Black Man progressed since being freed by the Civil War?”

“Just a few short decades ago,” Denzel replied, standing at attention, “it was acceptable to lynch a black man by hanging him from a tree.”

“And now?” Armstead asked. “Tell me. How does the white man lynch black people today?”

Denzel was quick to respond from rote memory. He had learned his lessons from Armstead well. “Whites destroy us by crowding us into ghettos and letting filth and despair put the final touches on our execution.”

“Correct!” Armstead bellowed. “In our white-dominated society, the Black man has been defined as evil and must be kept down. We see this suppression every day, in every Black neighborhood, in every black family, in every black child.”

He turned and walked back to the front of his desk. “The African-American is still a slave, still in bondage.”

Well, they’re both wrong. This is the language of division. This is the language that sends not a positive message but a negative one.

Here’s what another character in MURRAN says as a response. It’s from Grandma Abbey:

“Ask your Mr. Armstead this. Why did the professionals and middle-class blacks leave Harlem? Why did the corner Black business fail? Why did my Harlem deteriorate into a world of drug dealers, junkies, and other criminals surrounded by abandoned, pregnant, unskilled single women? Ask him that!”

She held up her hand. “I know he’ll say it’s all the fault of the whites who hate us. But he’s wrong.”

Trey could see that she was tiring and that the discussion had most probably raised her blood pressure. She took a deep breath.

“The whites did harm the blacks, but not in the way Armstead and those who think like him want to admit. They eventually gave the best and brightest of our people access to white middle-class jobs, white neighborhoods, and white opportunities. The middle and upper-class blacks fled Harlem and went to the suburbs of Queens and other suburban neighborhoods. That caused the Black institutions and businesses in Harlem—the successful Black community structure that was painstakingly created in there—to collapse when they left.”

She sighed. “That robbed Harlem of the butcher, baker, tailor, food store, liquor store, and other small businesses that were the economic fabric of Harlem. When those fortunate blacks left, it gutted the community of its social institutions and role models and left it to leaders like Malcolm X who preached Black Nationalism—defensive, reactive, hateful, and filled with the belief of the Black as victim—and who spend more time damning whites than affirming Blacks.”

She went on. “Every culture is a community. Disconnect the way a society operates from its culture, and it falls apart. That’s what happened in Harlem.”

Trey was surprised at her attitude.

Though tired from her diatribe, she kept going. “Did Armstead teach you about a black man named Du Bois?”

“Yes. He was one of the early black leaders. He wrote about the bigotry of the whites.”

“But I bet he didn’t tell you of what he thought of the white’s help? Did he?”

Trey shook his head.

She leaned toward Trey. “Remember these words, Trey. His words. Words that Du Bois came to realize too late in his career: ‘The Black has nothing but friends and may God deliver us from most of them for they are likely to lynch his soul.’”

Trey was silent. He didn’t know how to respond.

“And these words,” she went on. “‘There is a class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Black race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs—partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Black to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.’ Do you know who said that?”

Trey shook his head.

“Booker T. Washington. Did Armstead include his quote in your Black Studies class?”

Trey started to answer when she interrupted him.

“Forget it. He wouldn’t include that kind of truth in his material.”

She leaned back in her chair. “Tell that to Armstead from me the next time you see him.” She rocked toward Trey. “Better yet, stay away from him. He teaches poison.”

We better start looking for positive solutions to the Black America problem in this country before it becomes too late.

The article goes on:

The religion of structural racism allows everyone to duck the profound challenges still faced by the black community. It disempowers people and absolves them of responsibility. If structural racism is to blame for black violence, then communities will never be able to heal themselves. Mr. McWhorter argues that blaming white racism for the existential crisis in black communities like Chicago’s is a monstrous evasion. “Why do black lives matter more when white people take them than when black people take them?” he asks. “But you’re not supposed to ask that.”

In Mr. Coates’s world, race is destiny. (Never mind that the United States is increasingly diverse – to him it’s still black and white.) Like James Baldwin, he’s convinced that America can never be reformed. But Mr. Baldwin had a counterpart – Martin Luther King, who preached a narrative of progress, hope, and redemption. “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice,” he said. The arc is very long indeed, but I think he was right.

Where is today’s equivalent of Martin Luther King? Tragically, he doesn’t exist. And if he did, nobody would listen to him. He’d be booed off the stage as an Uncle Tom. The tragedy of race relations in America today is that nihilism and rage are a bigger draw.

We need to create a new draw, we need to teach the 3Rs to the young of any color – and I don’t mean Readin’ Rritin’ and Rithmatic. I mean these:

RESPECT
RESPONSIBILITY
RITUAL

Respect for one’s self and others. Taking Responsibility for one’s actions and for one’s community and the celebration of Ritual.

If we don’t teach these values to the young – whatever color – they will fulfill the African Proverb that reflects today:

 “If you don’t initiate the young, they will burn down the village to feel the heat”

August 15, 2015

Where in the World is Frank?

Filed under: IJIN,On Writing — Frank Fiore @ 10:03 AM
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Stuck in World War Two…..

It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted to my blog. Reason? Deep into writing my new novel IJIN.

Most of my time has been split in doing the research and actually writing the story. To that end, I’ve been re-watching The Winds of War and War and Remembrance TV series to study the formula of how it portrays WWII through historical and fictional characters.

Currently, I have reached the invasion and capture of Saipan by American forces. This story is long and may turn out to be as long as Wouk’s epic.

While viewing the TV series, I found the last 4 episodes of War and Remembrance to be a disappointment. It seems the TV series had lost the formula. The epic always had portions that were ‘soap oper-ish’ with love life interspersed with the history – or even contributing to it.

But the last 4 episodes dropped the formula of seeing the war through the eyes of the characters experience. When the war was shown, if was simply explained in documentary style footage without seeing it through the fictional characters experience.

I chose to write IJIN would very little soap opera feel. I wanted the war from the Japanese side to be the main focus.

At any rate, as I write this epic, I feel it will be seen as being on par with historical fiction like Wouk’s work. It’s for you to agree or not when it’s finished and for purchase.

February 18, 2015

New COOL Research Tool for Writers

Filed under: On Writing — Frank Fiore @ 9:02 AM
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I don’t know how many times I have been asked “How do you write your novels? How do you do the research?”

I begin by telling them that I graze the web using key words – that lead me to other sites with similar key words – then keep the tabs open or copy the web address to a file – then go back find those URLs and copy the facts I need – then repeat the process over and over again with a slew of tabs and confusing bookmarks staring me in the face.

If you are a writer, you know what I mean.

But now there is new tool in beta that will be and immense help in doing research on the web. It’s called Trailblazer by Twingl. Now you can say, “I’ll send you everything I know about this”- and you can!

I’ll let Twingl speak for itself.

Trailblazer will follow you down the rabbit hole. As you click links and run searches, it builds up a map of your journey.

Trailblazer shows you what’s open, where you’ve been, and what was good.

Feel free to close all of your tabs. The map makes it super easy to pick up where you left off. 3 minutes or 3 months later.

Got a friend or co-worker researching something similar? Give them a head start by sharing them your trail.

More here.

They are open to beta users. Give it a try.

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