Francine Paino


Ms. Paino has had a lifelong passion for the arts and for history.
Her formal introduction to the world of ballet began many years ago when she worked as an office nurse to George Balanchine's personal physician, Dr. Leon Lewithin. It continued when her daughter began the quest to become a professional dancer and extended into her own work in arts administration. For more than twenty years, Ms. Paino worked with several schools and dance companies on Long Island, including Dance Theater of Long Island, the Eglevsky Ballet Company and the American Theater Dance Workshop. Ms. Paino's earned a B.S. in Public Administration from Roger Williams University and an M.A. in History from the American Military University/American Public University System. She believes that both formal and informal education is ongoing through life and she holds certificates of completion in Grant Writing from LIU, and Constitution 101 from Hillsdale College.

To Live and Die for Dance is Ms. Paino’s first novel and winner of a 2011 Purple Dragonfly Book Award, as well as Honorary Mention in the Hollywood Book Festival and Millennium Book Contest.

Ivan's Double Life, a short story won the 1997 California's Foster City Writers' Contest in Children's Stories.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I don't think I had a clear "starting" point. I have always enjoyed getting words down on paper. My desire to write, to tell stories, entertain or educate has grown over time. When I worked with arts organizations the challenges of writing grants and press releases further stimulated my love of conveying ideas through writing. I enjoyed promoting the organizations for which I worked. In 2011, I decided it was time to challenge myself in another direction. I created a story, this one fiction, that arose from twenty years of experience with the people, the passions, and the natural environment for high-drama in the worlds of ballet and theater. It resulted in my first manuscript, To Live and Die for Dance.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is to successfully build a story structure from an idea or inspiration. In addition, I am very pleased when readers relate to something I've written and enjoy the story.
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To Live and Die for Dance
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 49,920. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller and Suspense, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
Chelly Bernardi is driven by her desire to dance in spite of family pressure to go to law school. At the renowned Romanova Ballet Academy Chelly must overcome her own insecurities and work feverishly to impress the demanding director whose daughter Natasha was murdered. Natasha's ghost stays close watching and waiting. Is Chelly the new dancer who can help expose murder and treachery?

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ballet    dance    drama    murder    mystery    paranormal    teen and young adult