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Frank Marcopolos began writing as a kid in the evenings after summer days of competing--always unsuccessfully--against the older neighborhood kids (the evil "teenagers") in the P.S. 207 schoolyard. After long, hot days of sporting failures, he discovered that by writing stories, his fictional heroes (almost always coincidentally named "Frank") could always end up saving the day from the taller, menacing forces arrayed against them. He usually composed these stories by flashlight as he wrote in a black-and-white Mead notebook while seated on a shelf in his bedroom closet.
For some reason, this love of creating alternative--glory-promising--realities never died within him, and continues to this day. (Thankfully, his boyhood habit of naming all of his main characters "Frank" HAS died, however.)
Frank still lives in Brooklyn, NY, not far from that very schoolyard, among others where he also spent portions of his youth failing at various sports. He notes with sadness that the current trend in public education is to chain up all schoolyards during the summer, presumably so that the painted-on-cement bases can't be stolen.
Frank rocks a cable-free lifestyle, and ALWAYS knows where his towel is. ALMOST HOME is his debut novel. From 2000-2006, he was the editor of the critically acclaimed literary zine, "The Whirligig."
on Oct. 24, 2012 :
This story kept my attention and I couldnt stop reading till the end... I only wish there was more!! Frank Marcopolos has a way of leaving you wanting more in all his work! Great job!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on Sep. 14, 2011 :
This short story is packed with action, intrigue, and events that really make you stop and think. It is really refreshing to read about a military man and not have him be a chest-thumping neanderthal. Dante has a heart and a soul and a conscience. I found I was really pulling for him. If only I could find more authors who could draw me into the story like Frank Marcopolos can. I look forward to any future work, because I know I'm in for a wild emotional ride!
(review of free book)