My guest today is Jesse Frankel, author of amazing SciFi adventure stories for Young Adults and New Adult readers.
Jesse is no stranger on my book blog or my bookshelf: his book ‘Ether‘ won the Golden Squirrel Book of the Year Award in 2018, and ‘The Incredible Aunty Awesomesauce‘ won the Golden Squirrel Award for YA Science Fiction.
Welcome, Jesse! I feel very privileged to be talking with you.
Hi Squirrel! It’s great to be here, even if your introduction did make me blush.
You’re very welcome. What inspired you to write?
My older son—he was ten at the time—had just seen a cartoon, something about trees. He said, “Papa, wouldn’t it be great if trees talked?” That gave me an idea, and that eventually became The Tower, my first novel.
What’s your favourite thing that you have written?
Oh, wow, there have been so many! The Catnip series, Ether, The Auctioneer, and Fight Like A Woman are standouts for me, along with Twisted.
What’s your favourite thing that someone else has written?—
The ‘Friday’ books— ‘Curious Things’ and ‘Curious Times’ by Joanne Van Leerdam, along with ‘An Enlightening Quiche’ by Eva Pasco.
What’s the best book you’ve read this year?
Probably ‘An Enlightening Quiche’ as well as ‘The Forest’ by Julia Blake.
What are you working on writing now?
I’m re-editing an old novel and hoping to submit it soon
Who designs your book covers?
Most of my covers were designed either by Carmen Waters (the Catnip series) or Martine Jardin, who’s done my latest works. Both cover artists are superb!
What’s your favourite kind of music?
I’ll listen to anything save rap.
What’s the best vacation you’ve had?
My honeymoon. My wife and I went to Spain and it was amazing! The history, the food, the people… perfect.
What’s your favourite TV show?
Star Trek, TOS. Nothing else comes close.
What movie can you watch over and over again?
Lots, but any of the superhero flicks are great. I loved Ready Player One, and I’m an old Biblical movies buff.
What’s your favourite quote, ever?
“You’re born alone and you die alone. It’s what you do in between that matters.” That was from my father. Perhaps he heard it from someone else, but it’s always resonated with me.
Name three people you admire, and give reasons.
My parents, who taught me to be a good person, and my wife, who is my strength.
What would you like people to know about being an Indie author?
It ain’t easy! Some people have the misconception that indie authors aren’t good, that they’re lazy or hurting the industry…they have very negative views.
To be fair, some authors have an I-don’t-care attitude, but the vast majority I know are hard-working, productive individuals who genuinely care about what they write and the industry they’re in.
Name two things in life that you wish were easier.
Selling books and editing!
One day someone will say “cracking acorns open” and I’ll be able to help them with that… sigh.
Say, where can readers find your books?
My books are widely available, so they’re in all the online stores, but the most common places people get them would be Amazon or my publisher’s website, Devine Destinies. Just look for J.S. Frankel and you’ll find them.
And where can we follow you on social media?
Thanks for being here today, Jesse!
Thanks for making me welcome!