Interview with Simone Frank

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada but was raised in Mississauga, a suburb. I was more interested in visual art than literature. Playing with other kids as a young girl, I was asked a lot of questions about the texture of my hair, the colour of my skin and my diet. My parents were impressed by my answers.

Incidents of discrimination influenced much of my writing. Our family had a lot of discussions about pride, honour and strength. These notions have stayed with me for years despite adversity.

The backyard was filled with fruits and vegetables. I grew accustomed to eating food from the garden. 'Living off the land,' was fun as a child. Nature, human relations, love and race are explored in my writing.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing poetry when I was a very young. I tried to keep my writing a secret. Writing poetry was a way to express my deepest emotions. Some of my relatives were surprised by the depth of emotion I described when writing about love.
My father defended me. Perhaps," he said, "she has felt it."
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I spent a lot of years writing books on borrowed typewriters and computers. Perhaps I spent too much time work shopping and little time searching for publishers and agents. After many rejections and much encouragement, I decided to use Smashwords.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is when I am able to metaphorically create a picture that might make a beautiful painting.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are an incredible source and inspiration for me. I listen to what is going on in their worlds and create art and literature that speaks to those ideas. This can be an incredible challenge. It means that I can't spend too long hiding away in my cave.
Fans are good news!
Who are your favorite authors?
Two of my favourite authors are Paolo Coehlo and Ben Okri. I really enjoy writing that is spiritual where by the book's end, I feel like I can conquer the world. Alice Walker and Toni Morrison are also writers whose work I truly admire and cherish. These authors are informative and inspiring.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The thought of sipping a great espresso while I write or edit gets me up in the morning. I also look forward to painting. To going out into the world to see what it has to offer.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, I do a lot. I like home renovations. Power tools are my best pals. I'm also a multi-media artist who exhibits quite regularly, so I'm often working on commissions or concepts for art and design.
Then, the boring stuff, I find my administrative work keeps me quite busy.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first book that I remember reading was a present from my uncle. It was a Dr. Seuss book called, 'The Sneetches,' Oddly enough, at this point in my life, it makes more sense than every. I strongly recommend it for children of all ages.
Published 2013-08-21.
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Books by This Author

Because We're Stupid
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 1,710. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » African American fiction » Contemporary woman
Do we really have a soul mate? This piece of writing explores regret over a break-up. A woman remembers, painfully her love affair with a man she deemed to be her soulmate. She recounts what she loved about him. The memories, though positive, are the cause of some pain. She discusses the possibility of soul mates with a friend who is cynical about love.
The Shuttle to Love
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 3,070. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
This story is about near misses. Have you ever felt like you have met your possible future husband, wife or partner and failed to act? Is there an opportunity at your door now that you hesitate to take? If you answered yes to any of the above question, you will enjoy reading, ‘The Shuttle to Love.'
Two Candles
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 690. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Fandala, an urbane visual artist, hails a cab in a rush to make a submission deadline. The cabdriver seems to know her which peaks her curiosity. From uptown to downtown, they share pieces of their lives. It is a comedic, romantic, inspiring story about work, love and life.
A Soulful Seniors Moment
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 2,000. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational
A Soulful Seniors Moment is an exploration of the fear of aging. It is based on several true stores and some imagined. A portion of the proceeds of this book will be donated to Mid Toronto Community Service.
Get Up
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 2,640. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Urban
For creative types who have considered a career in banking. For people who have lost loved ones who when alive, lead the way. For children and adults without parents. For wise people who have grown tired. For those who once believed in many things, but find themselves crying at the loss of goodness in the world. For those who need a reason to keep going. Get up!
I Am Love
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 4,150. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
This piece is for people who have given up on love. You shouldn't. Don't do it! For those who think they are too weird or too damaged to find someone to love them. For those who have considered filling the space of love with work, money, pets or baked good. One of the best cures for romantic depression is to read something inspiring!