Frank Arcilesi has a degree in Mass Communications; and Mathematics from Towson State University in Maryland. He has written numerous stories, and articles on collecting, travel and other topics, and has financial and business experience.
By Toni Hull of Epic Book Promotions:
Frank Arcilesi has recently authored Everyday a Bird Learns How to Fly.
Montgomery Village, Maryland is an area of rolling green hills, beautiful parks and cherry blossoms. Dubbed ‘The Best Hometown in Maryland’, Montgomery Village is a short train ride from Washington DC, and less than an hour’s drive from Baltimore. Along with 40,000 other people, Frank Arcilesi calls Montgomery Village his home.
The air was crisp and the sky was bright the October morning that I asked Mr. Arcilesi to fill me in on his novel Every Day a Bird Learns How to Fly, and his life in general.
“I grew up in Baltimore, Maryland with my mom, dad and older brother. The city had a special charm with its small ethnic neighborhoods and friendly people. Of course there were the Orioles and Baltimore Colts, until they (Colts) were unceremoniously hijacked at midnight by the Mayflower vans. Johnny Unitas and Brooks and Frank Robinson were my heroes.
When I was a kid my mom worked as a buttonhole maker in a custom suit factory and my dad pressed garments. These were tedious un-fun jobs but they kept food on the table for my brother and me. School was a little out of the ordinary. My high school was all male and we had to rent female cheerleaders from other schools for our football games. We never knew if they were really cheering for our team or the opposition.” Today the cheerleaders are more honest in their enthusiasm since the school is now coed. Later I attended college just eight miles north of Baltimore at Towson State University. That is where I studied mass communications and mathematics. I’ll let you decide which one I found boring.”
“How about favorite places?”
“Antiques shops are fascinating and I will stop at any new one I discover. I also love to drive through the countryside of Pennsylvania during the fall. In the summer though, my favorite spot is the resort town of Ocean City, Maryland, with its sandy beach and long, long boardwalk stretching past the many souvenir shops and food stands. I also like to search the small resort town for new restaurants specializing in fine seafood. There are some excellent ones which I discovered recently nestled along some of the marinas and bay inlet areas. Enjoying fine seafood with a view of boats and water in front of you, can’t be beat. I also enjoy eating pizza, chicken, New England clam chowder, crabs, peanut butter ice cream, and gummy bears.”
“Every Day a Bird Learns How to Fly is the name of your book. What is it about ?”
“Every Day a Bird Learns How to Fly is set in a small town during the late ‘50s. A boy by the name of Jimmy is finishing up his senior year in high school and is feeling his way along a well traveled route of learning to become a man. A young, married woman enters his life one day and everything that once seemed simple is suddenly complicated by friends, family and life’s simple rules in general.
By Midwest Book Review:
'The stepmother of one's best friend in high school - there doesn't seem too much potential for romance. "Every Day a Bird Learns How to Fly" is a classic love story about Jimmy and Carol, only Jimmy is fresh out of high school and Carol is older and the mother of his friend. For 1958 in a small community in the state of Maryland, it's not the most kosher thing socially. Jimmy and Carol are stuck in a conflict of love and respect, and have no idea which will win out. "Every Day a Bird Learns How to Fly" is a fine addition to any romance shelf and for anyone who wants a controversial love story.'
Where to find Frank Arcilesi online
Where to buy in print
Confession of a Collector
A short Ebook pamphlet (8707 words) for the would-be collector with articles on beer trays, duck decoys, John Deere Memorabilia, Carnival Glass, Ballpoint pens and other articles, including a tongue in check concluding article on the Confession of a Collector.
Strange Sci-Fi Short Stories: The Supernatural Side
This is a collection of 6 science fiction Short Stories plus 1 Bonus Short Story (political humor) of 33100 words (the stories are also available individually) :
*Bigfoot and the Bargain
*Bigfoot and the Boundary
*Sydney the Beagle is My Analyst
*The Ghostly Kite
*Execute Him in the 13th Hour
*The Haunted Yellow Rose
*The Governor's Aide
Jen Jen is Missing
This is a children’s’ chapter book for ages 7 to 11 (9 chapters, 7530 words with illustrations).
Jen Jen is a Siamese cat that belongs to Henry. Jen Jen is an independent cat and occasionally goes out the back door and Henry has to find her and bring her back. The story begins when Jen Jen gets out and Henry and his best friend Marcie chase after her.
Ghost Informant (A Murder Ghost Story)
This is a novelette (10 chapters 12900 words)
Sergeant Bob Crenshaw sees an apparition of a woman that sends him on a mission to investigate a murder--hers--that he’s not even sure has occurred. A plea from the apparition to find her sends him into uncharted territory for him.
He can't rest until she does. He asks a psychic for help but that may not be enough.
They Say Vampires Never Die
A novella (32910 words, 14 chapters)
You couldn’t miss her—unassuming quiet elegance dressed in a black business suit that showed plenty of shapely leg and didn’t waste much material on anything that didn’t cling to her trim attractive figure—elegance, style and deadly all rolled up into one pretty package that reached deep inside you and said ’Your world can stop now because I’m here.'
Voyage to the 1950s
This is a novelette (21045 words).
Brad Anderson, an abductee, gets to go back in time to meet his obsession, a girl in a picture on his grandmother's wall that is over 50 years old. The commander of a UFO uses his craft's time travel capabilities to propel Brad back in time.
Showdown with Bigfoot
This is a short story. The following short story is copyrighted.
The basis for this story is for the reader to decide. Those with imagination and faith will believe it is based on fact. Those others, the realists will be certain it is fiction. Mark and Brenda took a short vacation to an isolated cabin in that did not turn out as planned.
Execute Him In The 13th Hour
This is a short story. It was the 13th month and 13th day of Jake Bradley's stay on death row. Now in the 13th hour, Jake was moving closer to his date with Ol' Sparky. Ten years earlier Jake had put an abrupt end to the young Latin lover of his pretty wife.
The judge had sentenced Jake to death but there had been no remorseful statements emanating from Jake. Would his final visitor hear it?
The Haunted Yellow Rose
A short story. A teenager goes to his favorite spot, a picnic table under a willow tree in his backyard, to be alone for a bit. He encounters a neighbor, a young woman with auburn hair, at the neghboring residence whom he had never seen before.
He discovers the mysterious lady has a has a penchant for yellow roses.
Sydney, the Beagle, is My Analyst
A short story. Martin wasn't sure about his new analyst. Martin finally decided to seek help for his problem. His problem had cost hm his wife and job, and turned him into a buffoon-like figure to others. Now as he sat on the couch in his psychiatrist's office, he wondered if he was going to get the help he sought from his analyst who sat poised in a chair across from him-an insightful beagle.
Bigfoot and the Boundary
This is a short story. Jack Santone had retired from the Seattle Police Force a year earlier and moved near the Gifford National forest for a blissful retirement full of endless fishing and camping excursions. But today he had not planned to be in hand to hand combat with a creature his friend Norm insisted did not exist.
The Governor's Aide
A short story. Political humor. Let's hope our politicians don't all talk this way behind closed doors. There's defintely no phoney PR talk here as the mythical governor of a northern state has a nitty gritty conversation as he shares his crude blunt philosphy and thoughts about people and politics, with his aide on a car ride to a PR function.
Janet's Mysterious Journey Back to Her Kite Loft and the Ghostly Kite
This is a Sci Fi short story.
She was attractive but mysterious. When a CPA takes a weekend vacation trip to Ocean City, Maryland, he finds himself returning a stray kite to a somewhat sad, beautiful, mysterious lady in the apartment above him. He soon becomes attracted to her and she leads him on a journey back to her past. It will turn out to be a strange journey.
Every Day a Bird Learns How to Fly
Trouble is definitely brewing for Jimmy Trenton, a high school senior, when he unexpectedly falls in love with a young attractive married woman--especially since she’s related to his best friend--and he lives in a small conservative town in Maryland in the 1950s. Carol, well respected in the community, is anguished when she also discovers she’s deeply attracted to Jimmy.
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