|Author as a young gay boy with Puppy|
I want to share an email I received the other day. And my humble response:
I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed your book!... Of course I can tell you. It’s simple: “Wow, Frank, I really loved your book!” There.
I started it yesterday morning, blew off the gym, and read it all day and into the evening, finishing it late last night. I couldn’t put it down ... I simply could not stop reading. I don’t know what took me so long to actually get around to it, but I am so glad I did.
So much of your story resonated with me. It’s well paced, you write very well, and the inherent truths behind your saga are authentic and wonderfully expressed. I also enjoyed your poetry. Just lovely.
Your book evoked so many of my own memories of that time (the 70s, the 80s) and the idiotic hang ups we all had. I’d always thought the title was odd, and it wasn’t until I got to the part that explained it that it suddenly made sense. And it was funny, to boot.
I could blab on for hours, but ... I just want to tell you that I am so impressed with your achievement.
The only way I can express this is by comparing your story to my favorite movies … the “sleepers”... not the blockbusters that get all the attention. ...Your book hit me like that. And I loved it.
Your note nearly brought tears to my eyes. You don’t know how scary it is to put one’s self out there, especially in front of people that you know, to be judged on both your life’s foibles and your writing.
So I was thrilled to read your comments, especially knowing you and that you do not hold back on expressing the good, the bad or the ugly.
Thank you so very much.
Now three favors to ask:
1. May I use your comments on my Facebook Page and blog?
2. Would you do a review on Amazon?
3. Contact your people. I want to sell the movie rights.
I got favorable replies to favors 1 & 2.