V. M. Franck

Biography

When your life takes you through multiple shades of hell, like mine has, once you emerge the world of understanding can open to you. That's how all my stories were born.

I made the decision to be a writer while sitting in the hallway outside the courtroom. Inside, my brother was being tried for murder. My goal was to help people understand what it is like to have a member of the family kill someone.

It took me years to develop my writing skills. The first book on the subject was published. The traditional publisher changed my book in ways that made some of it not true and de-emphasized the most important aspects or cut them out entirely. In a true story truth is primary. I rewrote it years later, once I had healed. A comprehensive, gut-wrenching look at that horrific tragedy is published here on Smashwords: Surviving Murder: How My Life Changed When My Brother Killed His Neighbors.

This book has had a number of titles. Each time I changed it, I hoped the title would attract more attention and better convey what this work is about. I made the most recent change because I was contacted by the Discovery Channel series, Evil Lives Here. They were not interested giving a balanced view of the work. They wanted to limit it to the "ain't it awful" aspect. As I saw it, their approach could promote hate and anger, so I turned them down. They found the work through the previous title. So I changed it to reflect what the story is really about.

I now write fiction and am currently working on my twelfth book. All of my fiction is in some ways reflective of where life as taken me.

The next step in my evolution began when I started watching the Jerry Yarnell's School of Fine Art on OPB. He taught me to paint. I paint and design my own cover art.

Life is a journey. Each one of us has our own. I share mine with you through my work. Thank you for taking a look.

Smashwords Interview

How Do You Approach Your Writing?
With determination and creative anticipation.

The authority and skill of a writer does not come through flash or a slipshod approach. This kind of writing does make it into print, especially now that self-publishing is easy. However, good writing comes from hard work and perseverance. An adept writer dedicates the time and years to perfect the craft, thereby, developing the ability to hold the reader through proficient manipulation of the language. Each word must earn its right to be included, or it is cut from the text. This is what I do.

Each day when I sit down to create, my goal is to write a well-crafted, entertaining story. Working with cautious clarity I present my stories in unique ways which transcend a specific genre. My guide is my inner muse. I write what needs to be included. The results are poignant. Why do I write...because I must. Otherwise, it would be a violation of who I am. I am always, always true to myself.
What is your genre?
In some ways my work fits between the cracks. I develop characters in a manner reminiscent of literary fiction. I utilize elements of general fiction, magical realism, visionary fiction, the metaphysical, alternative beliefs and New Age. I explore love, romance, beliefs, war, death, hostility, sexual relationships, violation of people's rights, environmental issues, etc.. I am ever evolving.
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Series

The Mater's Series
This series is about female mavericks who refuse to conform to rules that don't suit them. Tater's Maters of Hootenanny Flats, Book 1 - Antique women from the back country make moonshine, grow pot and plan their biggest undertaking, a humanity revival project centered around teaching women to put starch in their underwear. Resurrection Rose, Book 2 - Bethanie, a portrait artist, doesn't realize she paints people back to life until they start showing up. The antique women provide unsolicited starch. Final Entry, Book 3 - Savvy enters the afterlife only to discover each of her four lovers expect her to spend eternity with them. She receives an infusion of starch from the antique women.
Tater's Maters of Hootenanny Flats
Price: $3.99 USD. (Free until Jan. 31, 2023!)
Resurrection Rose
Price: $4.99 USD. (Free until Jan. 31, 2023!)
Final Entry
Price: $4.99 USD. (Free until Jan. 31, 2023!)

Books

On Wings Of The Echohawk
Price: $4.99 USD. (Free until Jan. 31, 2023!) Words: 100,710. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal » General
Amelia, a young female executive, experiences upheaval in her personal life and realizes disasters due to the climate are imminent. Abandoning her cherished career she becomes a shaman's apprentice under the guidance of a Native American shaman and prepares their tribe to return to the old ways to increase likelihood of survival.
The Day Momma Died: Growing Beyond the Fear of Death
Price: Free! Words: 5,260. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Emotions, Essay » Author profile
When our parents die we are forced to face our fear of death. This is my experience.
Hitting the Fan
Price: Free! Words: 2,560. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Psychology » General, Essay » Author profile
Have you ever felt like you were in the direct path of disaster, over and over again and there was nothing you could do about it? This is my journey through those feelings, why I felt that way and what I did to alleviate the trauma.
Jesus' Little Sister Ruth
Price: $4.99 USD. (Free until Jan. 31, 2023!) Words: 92,860. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
Jesus of Nazareth was once my brother, a big brother I adored. He wasn't a savior at all; he never intended to be. Despite my Christian upbringing, accepting him as my personal savior never worked for me, and later I learned why. Set across two separate time periods, this chronicle reveals events culminating in love, passion and murder, past and present.
Final Entry
Series: The Mater's Series. Price: $4.99 USD. (Free until Jan. 31, 2023!) Words: 83,970. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal » General
Book 3: The Mater's Series. Savvy deeply loved four men during her lifetime. Each one died leaving her to cope. Now in the afterlife she has to choose which one to spend eternity with. A story of passion, reunion and encounters of the unexpected kind, it answers the question, is there sex in the afterlife, and what comes next.
Different From Me
Price: $4.99 USD. (Free until Jan. 31, 2023!) Words: 121,910. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal » General
This is the coming of age story of three young women of different faiths-Sheeawna a Christian, Akilah a Muslim and Mali a Hindu. Through many difficulties they discover their similarities and pursue a common goal with those of differing beliefs. It is a powerful story of growth, friendship and honor.
Resurrection Rose
Series: The Mater's Series. Price: $4.99 USD. (Free until Jan. 31, 2023!) Words: 94,290. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Book 2: The Mater's Series. What if you had the ability to paint people back to life? Would you do it? What if you didn't know you had the ability until they started showing up? That is Bethanie's dilemma.
Tater's Maters of Hootenanny Flats
Series: The Mater's Series. Price: $3.99 USD. (Free until Jan. 31, 2023!) Words: 76,230. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal » General
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Book 1: The Mater's Series. You need to know these four antique women and the dog who secretly guides them. They make moonshine, grow pot, engage in romantic escapades and hanky-panky, avoid the revenuers and plan their biggest undertaking, which extends far beyond anything they have ever known, an earth revival project. Follow them as they defy all standing in their way
Surviving Murder: How My Life Changed When My Brother Killed His Neighbors
Price: $5.99 USD. (Free until Jan. 31, 2023!) Words: 122,540. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » True Crime » Murder » General, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Self-realization
(5.00 from 4 reviews)
On a rainy March evening while his neighbors watched Billy Graham on television, my brother Ken stood outside their livingroom window, raised his hunting rifle and fired. Four victims later he was arrested for their murders, thrusting my family and me into a nightmare of horror. This is an honest account of what happened to him, my sister, our loving parents and most of all me.

Smashwords book reviews by V. M. Franck

  • Is There Time? on Nov. 14, 2016

    D. R. is a visionary with strong scientific underpinnings. In this book he clearly lays out what is coming and what we need to do to avoid extinction as a species. It is a matter of when, not if. He supports this assertion with clear, concise, easy to understand evidence, making a brilliantly insightful case for what is to come. Well worth the read, in my opinion to do so is imperative. The only thing it costs is the willingness to open the mind to the evidence and where it leads us. V. M. Franck
  • Daddy's Different on Nov. 20, 2016

    If you like reading a book that immediately draws you in and won't allow you to put it down until you have finished it, this one is for you. D. R. is a visionary with strong business and scientific underpinnings. In this work, political intrigue is interlaced with the mind control exercised by nemesis Orchid, a cult leader similar to those in real life--Jim Jones in Guyana, David Koresh in Texas and Marshal Applewhite in Rancho Santa Fe. A clear understanding of this work can be extrapolated to recent day events in which so many were duped into believing in one of the major players on our political stage and why worldwide leaders fear him. The author's insights into the workings and mind-sets of those in the upper echelons of the business and political arenas add credibility to the story. The reader believes it. It is well worth the read.
  • Layman's License on Dec. 20, 2016

    D.R. has an excellent mind and clearly relates his ideas. I am impressed by his depth. At times, this work reads like an essay, at times a scientific paper. At times, it is philosophical and at times it is a primer for survival. It offers encouragement to explore or in D.R.'s terms, dabble in the human experience and workings of the mind. Read it, if you are seeking a reason to explore yourself and wander in and out of possible realities. The book could be called Everything You Need to Consider to Be a Viable Human Being. It includes the far reaches of the universe, climate change, population growth, Earth's sustainability, death, life, spiritual beliefs, distance, time, teaching a daughter to change a tire, manners, obsession with technical devices and a myriad of other matters. Well-researched, with good flow from one dabble to the next, it would be excellent required reading for graduating high school seniors, incoming college freshmen and a college philosophy class. It provides a realistic look at what lies ahead and what one needs to do about it. I recommend reading it as a gift to yourself.
  • Concoctions on Feb. 05, 2017

    D.R. has an excellent understanding of the human condition under a variety of circumstances, situations and mind sets. He is able to put himself inside the heads of his characters and write from their points of view. He was even able to show what it would feel like to be a sentient, artificial intelligence at risk of being recycled. He knows what it would be like to have your spouse of 65 years terminally ill and pass over when she passes. He explores what it would be like to be a homeless alcoholic who saves someone. He envisions what dying might feel like. This work contains many scenarios that give the reader reason to ponder. The stories are well-crafted. I highly recommend this work.