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"The first child will be called John and the second one will be named Frank." Mr. Carroll was true to his words, even though two daughters were the outcome. Mrs. Carroll added some ie's to the names and tacked on ugly middle names (which they will not divulge) and the Carroll sisters proceeded to grow up hearing the old song: "Frankie and Johnny" sung everywhere they went in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
In the beginning, Frankie and Johnnie were embarrassed by their boy names, but when teenage years rolled around, their monikers gained them a lot of attention. Frankie hopped into Johnnie's Studebaker and they cruised Boot's Drive-in, where the sister team attracted boys with their bell-bottoms, wit and names.
Frankie Carroll and Johnnie Carroll McDonald have teamed up again to write a series of hen lit novels. And what qualifies them to be authors? Johnnie, somewhat buttoned up and motivated, heeded their mother's advice to be all that she could be, earned an MBA and honed a successful career as a human resources administrator. Frankie, emulating their gregarious father, took a different path. While also establishing a career, she acted in and directed little theater, and played a little poker on the side. Extensive life drama, travel, and motherhood were thrown in the mix to enrich their creative imaginations.
Frankie resides in Tulsa where she works in the health career industry. Johnnie sits lonely at the computer in the foreign land of New Jersey, where she puts on the paper the crazy plots she and her sister cook up.