STORYTELLING

The Most Ancient Form of Historical Records
The Story of the People
How did we get from oral history to Amazon?
What’s the difference between an author and a story teller? Imagine a world before technology, even before electricity. As an “Outlander” fan, I was captured by the visit to Castle Leoch by a traveling minstrel and bard. He told folk tales through his song. His audience was enraptured. It was oral history that captured[………]

MAKING A MYSTERY WITH ANNIE TILLERY

In response to the many questions I get at book talks and workshops, I have written, and will publish in the next few weeks, Making a Mystery with Annie Tillery by me, Linda Maria Frank.
Using The Madonna Ghost as a model, I have included author’s notes on plot, character and setting. There are activities in the form of lessons, book discussion questions, things that happened to give me the idea for the book, websites to investigate, and re[………]

I NEVER DREAMED THESE LECTURES WOULD BE SO POPULAR

I never dreamed these lectures would be so popular! 
My many years of teaching forensic science led me to choose the topics in that field that I find most interesting. I created a series of programs with PowerPoint which I present to interested groups. I have presented at libraries, to the seniors enrolled in the continuing education programs at local universities, clubs, and assisted living residents. They are interesting, provocative and get t[………]

A TRIPLE HEADER. LISTEN TO MY STORY ABOUT “THE MYSTERY OF THE LOST AVENGER”

My interview for “The Mystery of the Lost Avenger” will air on The Authors Show on April 6, April 7, and April 8. Log on, scroll down to the schedule, and listen to how an idea becomes a book.
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A brief review gives an insight of what’s to come in The Mystery of the Lost Avenger: It’s a page-turning mystery/ghost story with elements of women’s history, a[………]

The Many Faces of Plot Character and Setting

PLOT, CHARACTER AND SETTING ARE THE ELEMENTS OF FICTION WRITING
Plot, character and setting are the elements of fiction writing that elicit many questions from both; writers of other writers, and readers of writers. The answers delivered by authors engender similar themes, but each author adds their own individual style, approach and unique twists and turns.
The Authors Show at https://wnbnetworkwest.com/,[………]

Starting Annie’s New Book #4

I just started to write the fourth book of my Annie Tillery Mystery series. The enjoyable part of writing the book is now at hand because I have laid the groundwork I need to help me navigate through the plot of a mystery novel.
I guess I’m old-fashioned. I need an outline. Once I get the basic idea for the story I write a list of chapter titles, even giving the chapters the most clever names I can think of to remind me of what I want to put th[………]

Why Fire Island and Why The Madonna Ghost

By Linda Maria Frank
One of the first questions anyone asks me about the book is why I chose the title, The Madonna Ghost. Some readers think that it is a reference to the singer, Madonna. It is not. The original meaning of the word, Madonna, is an Italian formal form of address for a woman, meaning literally, my lady. It has come to refer to the Mother of Christ in the Christian religion as illustrated by many works of art. So, a Madonna figure is a mother figure, most commonly a mother with child.