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Coffee chat with J S Frankel, Canadian born now writer living in Japan

It's been a fine start to 2018. I've read 2 books "I am Legend" by Richard Matheson on my Kindle and "The Choice" by Nicholas Sparks in paperback. Proof that you can enjoy reading on both platforms. and across genres. I've finally gone to the cinema to see "The Last Jedi" and I LOVED it. It's more grown up than all the rest of them combined, and I think that's what's resonating with me. And I'm excited about lining up more guests for my coffee chats. This week's guest is an author who was born and grew up in Canada but now resides in Japan teaching English.

Please welcome J. S. Frankel to my virtual café.

D L: Firstly, since it's a coffee chat, how do you like your coffee (or not as has been the case) and what is your favourite time of the day to partake?

J S Frankel: Coffee? I have to have it first thing in the morning. If I don't, my world stops revolving. Sugar and milk--both, please! And toast...can't forget about the toast!
DL: You were born in Canada and now live in Japan and teach English. Has there been any lure, or request even, to include a Japanese influence in your works. For example, anime or martial arts?

J S Frankel: That's a good question. To be honest, no, but I have included corruptions of some Japanese place names and things in my books from time to time. I have had an idea for a book involving a Japanese detective, a foreigner--the classic fish out of water trope--and tattoos, but that will have to wait. I need to do more research first. 

DL: You have a lot of books coming out, and you're also writing multiple series at once. What are some of the good and/or bad points to pumping out books? You obviously get faster and better at it, but is there one technique you use that you'd recommend to other writers? 
J S Frankel: The good thing about constantly writing is that it keeps your mind constantly working and dreaming up new things. It's a sort of 'can you top this?' scenario. As well, people will see your name and think, "Ah, that writer is prolific. Maybe I should check out their work." Granted, there's no guarantee that they will.
As for the bad thing about it, it is quite possible that some good books get lost in the shuffle, but most writers will tell you that it's best to have too many than too few...unless you're Harper Lee. 


As for technique? The only thing I'd recommend is if you're doing a trilogy or series, then keep those names and events straight. Sometimes you need flashbacks, and it is embarrassing if you make a mistake with the name of your peripheral characters. I write the names down so that I don't forget. As an example, with my Catnip series (five books) I had a few constant supporting characters, and I had to get their names and descriptions straight. Not only that, I also had to have them grow as people, not just Harry and Anastasia (the two main characters). If the supporting cast grows with the main characters, then it's more satisfying.

D L: If we were to take a look at your book shelf at home, what sort of books would we find? And what would be the one book on your shelf that nobody would expect to find there?
J S Frankel: You'd find a lot of sci-fi books, mainly Ray Bradbury, Niven and Pournelle, and Frederik Pohl. You'd also find mysteries, mainly by Bill Pronzini, who wrote the 'Nameless Detective' series, a lot of books that my late father enjoyed reading. He passed that love of mystery on to me. A book on my shelf that no one would expect? Hmm...can't think of one. I'm pretty staid in my tastes.
D L: Are you a biscuit or cake kind of person? And which is your favourite biscuit/cake?
J S Frankel: Cake. Always cake. Call me plebeian, but Black Forest cake--if it's made right--does it for me. My wife likes it as well, so...anything chocolate will do, but Black Forest cake is THE one for me.

Thanks for dropping by. If you'd like to check out a book by this author, read on.
High school student Paul Coleman’s life is an ordinary one. His existence takes a turn for the extraordinary when he and his best friend, Rory, are attacked by a winged demon one day. The demon, which calls itself Hekla, possesses the power of sound, and kills Rory with its scream. Paul survives, but the force from the blast has left him mainly deaf.

A year later, Paul is out of school, working part-time, and is fearful of going deaf forever. Although he has learned sign language well, he wonders where his life will go.

All that changes when Montague (Monty) Trillian, also known as Master Fantastic, enters his life and requests his services as a sign language teacher for his daughter, Myrna.
J. S Frankel's novels, all for the YA set, include Twisted, Lindsay Versus the Marauders and it's sequels, Lindsay, Jo, and the Tree of Forever, and Lindsay, Jo and the Well of Nevermore, all courtesy of Regal Crest Enterprises. He has also written the Catnip series (five novels), Mr. Taxi, The Titans of Ardana and its sequel, The Titans of Ardana 2: Battlefield, along with Picture (Im)perfect and more novels, courtesy of


  1. Many thanks for this!!

    --J S Frankel

    1. My pleasure. Thanks for the great interview. I'm going to have to track down a good black forest cake. I haven't had one for decades.


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