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Author Gives Credit for Writing Career to Being Read to as a Kid
The bedtime story you read to your child might awaken a future inner writer.
Retired Marine Colonel Ernest Frankel has published three novels―Gateway to Everywhere, set in early 1900s Palm Springs; Band of Brothers, about the Marines in Korea, and Tongue of Fire, a political thriller about the Senator Joseph McCarthy era of the 1950s. Frankel also spent decades writing for television. 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, some of them no doubt informed by his own combat experiences. He enlisted in World War II and later served in both Korea and Vietnam. He was awarded the Legion of Merit by President Gerald Ford,
Frankel's advice to young writers on their way up is to "be honest and entertain. When I write something, I want to reader to be entertained. That's what he's come for―and to hopefully take something away from it that has an impact on how he thinks about things. When the writing is honest, a reader may contact you years later and you realize you've made an impact on them―that something you wrote stayed with them. That's thrilling for a writer." And it may all have started with a simple bedtime story.
Gateway to Everywhere by Ernest Frankel. ISBN: 9780692755266;
Ernest Frankel can be reached through his daughter, Elin Schwartz, at elinschwartz1@