Interview with Frank Touby

How do you approach cover design?
I tried to picture Darkheart as described in the novel. My visual imagination and competence at Photoshop don't mesh.
My imagination is stunning, but I'm no artist and though I have spent over a decade using Photoshop almost daily, it was really Illustrator I should have used for the cover.
Sadly, I have no competence in Illustrator. Soon I'll find an artist who can render Darkheart as near to my imagination and the cover will metamorphose.
The writing is completely done. The book continues to be a work in progress with only the images pending.
What do you read for pleasure?
Newspapers, magazines, opinion journals. I'm a journalist. I can't help myself. I like adventure fiction.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kobo. Because I have a Kobo. I would probably like other readers but my old Kobo works just fine!
Describe your desk
Cluttered. Old and new electronic devices, including a number of which I no longer know their purposes. Magazines, clippings, newspapers. Books I keep on shelves.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in 1950s Miami, Fla. I was born on the day (night in Jacksonville) when Hitler invaded Poland. Sept. 2, 1939.
I always wanted to be a writer and on TV and radio. I did so in Miami, then later in Palm Beach. I was an editorial writer for the Palm Beach Post. I like giving my view of things.
When did you first start writing?
When I was first able to do so. Probably at age 7.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have been a newspaper publisher/editor for the past 20 years in Downtown Toronto. I was able mostly to write whatever I desired from that position and it continued until newspapers became obsolete and mine (The Bulletin) folded in November 2016.
As an indie author/publisher I have no one to sell to except the readers. Thanks to Smashwords, where I have published several books of journalism-inspired themes written by others...and one bodice-ripper novel (Sweet Olive Tree) by my first (of 3) ex-wife...I could guarantee Darkheart is published.
I hope it's a compelling read for those who appreciate the characters and the universal theme of primordial evil and sexual excess.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Having written.
What are you working on next?
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Sunlight and the sounds of Downtown Toronto where I live happily with my beloved 4th wife, Paulette.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Editing other writers on the Internet remnants of our former newspaper, The Bulletin, at
And, of course, opining on events local and otherwise as I get the urge.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I don't remember it but I do remember it was a romance piece for a bodice-ripper magazine when I was about 14. It was published.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
What's the story behind your latest book?
The struggle against evil. The desire to achieve the rewards of sainthood by combat instead of sacrifice. I might have been a Crusader in the Middle Ages so long as I didn't have to harm a Muslim for his beliefs in the same God I worship.
Published 2017-07-10.
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 76,220. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Environmental politics, Nonfiction » History » War
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Before the catastrophic BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico all earth was threatened by the oil disaster in the Persian Gulf — over 700 oil wells were set on fire by Saddam Hussein. It was predicted it would take decades to extinguish them. This is the true story of the heroic men who set a world record in killing those wild wells in just five months and saved the earth from toxic fallout