Frank would like to be successful with women and with writing, but his autistic childhood, visual impairment, dismissive parents, and narcissistic brother are too much to overcome. Then on vacation in Hawaii, Frank has what feels like a paranormal experience on the Arizona Memorial that starts him down a path of psychological and spiritual self-discovery. In making the transitions from weird to respected, awkward to insightful, brainy to wise, his relationships with women shift from fearful to erotic, and through them doors open to unexpected opportunities with his writing. Lifting himself from the purgatory to which his past had banished him, he inadvertently helps free those he connects with from their own shadowed depths, making his story the Memoir of an Unlikely Savior.
Targeted Age Group:
I haven’t tried writing in other genres so I don’t know. But if you’re writing from your being instead of targeting a market, I suppose the writing experience is essentially the same for all genres.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
1. Sit down and write. Don’t struggle with the process and don’t care what comes out. Research what you need to research, take classes when that feels good, but mostly write.
2. Get as many people as you can to read what you write, have them give you their honest opinion of what you’ve written, and button your lip down hard while they give it. It doesn’t matter whether they know what they’re talking about or whether they’re right or wrong. Listen to what they say and it will make you think about your writing. And that will make you grow.
– I was born in Philadelphia, PA.
– For my first three years of school I attended Overbrook School for the Blind, a boarding school with classes for the “partially sighted.”
– I attended “normal” schools starting with fourth grade.
– When I was twelve my father joined IBM and we moved to Poughkeepsie, NY.
– When I was fourteen IBM transferred my father to Zurich, Switzerland where I attended Institute Minerva.
– When I was eighteen we returned to the U.S. and I started Lehigh University, majoring in Engineering Physics.
– I left school for a year in the middle of my junior year to work for Bell Labs in Whippany, NJ.
– I went to graduate school at Boston University and received a master’s degree in physics, then left after two years in their Ph.D. program.
– At 26 I moved to Los Angeles and changed my life. Between bouts of creativity I worked intermittently as a software engineer to earn a living.
– Along with the bouts of creativity, I strenuously pursued psychological and spiritual awareness.
– When I could, I retired and moved to Thailand to write full-time.