V. M. Franck

Biography

I developed imaginary friends at an early age These friends and I took trips around the world in the safety of the living room--a room with it's old upright piano, French windows and doors and water stains on the wallpapered ceiling. It overlooked pastureland, a slough with cattails and mud flats, all excellent fodder for a writer-to-be.

I am currently writing my twelfth book. My books, which are currently in print, are available online through Smashwords and numerous other sites. They are all digitally presented, which keeps the price low. The genres of my works vary, but they are written with the depth of literary fiction and the insights of visionary fiction. I paint and create my own cover art.

While following my bliss, I became a painter, thanks to art lessons by Jerry Yarnell on OPB. My art work is available for view on the website I share with my husband, one he created. A life well-lived means being true to one's dreams, regardless of what reality brings. The heart is where true success resides.

Smashwords Interview

Why do you write?
It became a personal imperative--after my brother murdered his neighbors. I had to write our story, the story of the victims on the other side of the crimes. My parents were good people. They loved us, all three of us kids. By example, they taught us to be loving and kind. Dad worked as a logger and then in a sawmill. It was hard physical labor, long before everything was controlled by computers. He wore his body out taking care of us. Mom tended the small farm. She made a garden, raised chickens and cattle and milked the cows. We didn't have much money, but thanks to their hard work we got by. They taught us all the things they thought we needed to know to become good people. So when my brother murdered his neighbors, people we'd gone to church with when we were kids, we were shocked, horrified and heartbroken.
I understand you wrote rewrote the book and released it again years after its initial publication. Can you tell us why?
To correct errors the publisher inflicted on the work. She removed much of what was important to understanding what had happened and why, that she victimized me yet again. Prior to my literary agent submitting it to the publisher, I had rewritten it for my agent, a person well-known in the industry at the time. She made sure the bugs were out of it. Unfortunately, the publisher added what she called "her magic" to my true story. She had no magic. She raped the book, making some of it untrue. So years later when I had healed myself as best I could, I rewrote it and published it myself, here on Smashwords. I refused to allow anyone to ruin it again. At present the book is free. My goal is to create understanding relative to what it's like to be the family of a murderer, not to make money. The title this time around is My Brother Murdered His Neighbors. I gave it the title to make it easier to find.
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Where to find V. M. Franck online


Where to buy in print


Books

On Wings of the Echohawk
Price: Free! Words: 101,480. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
A young Native American woman spirals through a series of heartbreaking events, returning her deepest love to her life, initiating her training as a shaman's apprentice and launching a plan to prepare the tribe for climate change. She and the shaman begin teaching some of the old ways to help their people and others survive.
The Day Momma Died: Growing Beyond the Fear of Death
Price: Free! Words: 5,260. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships and 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.
The Pacifist's War, Book 2 in the St. Germaine Chronicles
Series: The St. Germaine Chronicles. Price: Free! Words: 84,930. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Losing himself In Vietnam, Peter embarks on an amnesiac's quest to uncover his true identity. Wearing a name which is not his own, he is alarmed when he receives medals for atrocious acts he could not have committed. His search for himself leads to a cave, encrypted writings, a dog named Emmanuel, a mysterious woman, his sister Arranah and what remains of his family.
In Ways We Can't Imagine, Book 1 in The St. Germaine Chronicles
Series: The St. Germaine Chronicles. Price: Free! Words: 56,970. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Arranah realizes there is only one answer to the question, is death the truest test of love? The dreams, the voices warned her before her MIA brother, Peter went missing. They warned of her sweetheart Kendal's death, a death which multiplied the heartache. To overcome their separation, she must give life to unwanted dreams and make room for a stranger, no matter the consequences.
Jesus' Little Sister Ruth
Price: Free! Words: 93,410. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Jesus of Nazareth was my brother, a big brother I adored. Follow my story as it unfolds...as I learn who I was.
Final Entry
Series: The Mater's Series. Price: Free! Words: 84,570. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Literature » Literary
What to do? What to do? When Savvy passes into the afterlife, she must choose between four of her lovers, all of whom expect to spend the rest of forever exclusively with her.
Once Without Dying
Price: Free! Words: 122,450. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Three young woman of different faiths, Sheeawna-a Christian, Akilah-a Muslim and Mali-a Hindu support each other through heartaches, love affairs, abuses and struggles. They gain the courage to pursue a unifying force and common purpose with a mystic, a female rabbi, a Zennist and a follower of Native American spirituality. It is a powerful story of love, romance, respect and honor.
Resurrection Rose
Series: The Mater's Series. Price: Free! Words: 94,780. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Literature » Literary
(5.00)
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: Free! Words: 76,800. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Literature » Literary
(5.00)
It's very possible 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
My Brother Murdered His Neighbors
Price: Free! Words: 124,430. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » True Crime » Murder, Nonfiction » Psychology » Addiction
(5.00)
If you've ever wondered what it's like to be the family of a murderer, my true story will show you, allowing you to experience it with me. You see my big brother, the guy who gently dabbed mud on my bee sting when I was four to ease my pain and bounced me trampoline-style on a blanket, murdered his neighbors. This heart-wrecking event devastated not only their families, but ours.

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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.