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Age Speeds Up Prolific LA Author
"I write fast and stay focused," says author and retired Marine Colonel, Ernest Frankel. "At the age of 94, speed is a requirement!"
By: Ernest Frankel
Frankel followed up on Gateway by re-issuing his tension-filled, 500-page political novel about the Senator Joseph McCarthy era in the 1950s, adding a subtitle: Tongue of Fire: The Story of an American Demagogue (2017, Hither Lane Press). When his first publisher at that time backed out of publishing the book because of threats from McCarthy, Dial Press stepped in, published it; it did well. Why did Frankel just re-issue it? "In today's hot political environment, too many younger readers don't even know who Joseph McCarthy was. They should," Frankel says.
Blessed with good health helped by regular gym workouts, Frankel doesn't procrastinate when it comes to writing: "I go right to the computer for my first draft. I'm a Marine as well as an old newspaper man so I'm disciplined, used to deadlines. I have many flaws but discipline isn't one of them! Once I sit down, I'll spend maybe 4 or 5 hours a day at it. Sometimes, when the writing is sailing along, when the scene is playing, when I've given a certain quality to the characters and have even found a way to get a little humor into it, I don't want to be bothered to eat or do anything else. I stay at the computer." See: https://www.facebook.com/
Ernest Frankel's work is included in Van Wyck Mason's Anthology of American Literature. A member of the Writers' Guild and the Directors' Guild, he has worked with CBS, ABC, NBC, independent production companies and the major studios, serving as creator, writer, executive story consultant, line producer, and executive producer on both series and movies-for-television.
Military Career: Enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1944, Frankel led a rifle platoon of the First Marine Division in Okinawa, the last and bloodiest battle of the War in the Pacific. After the War, he was ordered to North China and stationed in Tentsin, with his duties taking him to Peking and Taku—three of the locales revisited in Gateway to Everywhere. He was recalled to active duty during the Korean War and again during the war in Vietnam on special assignment. He was awarded the Legion of Merit by President Gerald Ford.
GATEWAY TO EVERYWHERE by Ernest Frankel. ISBN: 9780692755266;
TONGUE OF FIRE: The Story of an American Demagogue by Ernest Frankel, ISBN: 9780692898307;
Ernest Frankel can be reached through his daughter, Elin Schwartz, at elinschwartz1@
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