Journey of Fritz Franke
hat an amazing journey it has been. What began as a lonely trek through the unknown, to get the first book out, has now turned into a huge team effort for the rest of the series.
Where to begin. Back in 2006, I mentioned to a writer I knew that I’d like to write a book. He asked me if I had anything to write about. So I told him about my dreams. He was blown away and encouraged me to become a writer. I immediately started writing. That’s when I realized I didn’t know how to write. So I did what anyone does who wants to learn something new, I went back to school. I took writing classes at the University of Virginia. And it really did the trick. I thought I was on top of the world as I began my new career as a writer … all the while dreaming about becoming an author.
After the first book was published, The Chosen One in 2013, I found myself on the outside of my marriage. It was a dark time. If it hadn’t been for my father Wes, my brother Brad, and two of my closest friends, Ivan Jacobs and Jim Travis, I don’t know if I would be here right now. But they helped me keep it together. And writing helped. I moved twice during that period of my life. Then I got a gig as an Audio Visual Engineer with UVa and a short time later, got divorced. Writing became my crutch. I eventually met someone and moved again. Six months later, I moved again. Then I married the girl of my dreams. Oh, and I finished the second book of the Savior Project series, Terlokya. But it turns out that during the time between the first book being published and the second coming out now, I wrote three other books for the series. So I really needed my crutch back then. But all is good now and the team is really on a roll.
Once again, the most awesome Heather Hummel, the award winning author and photographer, has been there for me as my editor. She’s still my mentor and will always be a best friend.
To my heroes, Diane Bahler, Philip Day, and our missing comrade, Denise Demitris. Our Heroes Writers Group rocks! They have read everything from my books, both good and bad. They have helped turn the bad to good. And Professor Henry still keeps an eye on us.
As always, a huge round of applause goes to superman Ian McDaniel of Gravitys Edge Productions for his fantastic book cover enhancements. He is a master artist. Ian has always been there for me and I can’t see that ever changing.
To my new webmaster, the great Wil Johnson. He is da man! I’m pretty sure that when he saw my original websites that he figured they were slapped together in about thirty minutes each. It actually took me only twenty minutes each. But that’s what happens when you ride solo and are always in a hurry. With Wil riding shotgun now, stuff really looks good.
Can’t forget my wonderful daughter Ryan … who has become my photographer. I don’t know how she puts up with me. And even my boys, Christopher, Scott, and Karl keep the encouragement and ideas rolling in.
To Mary, my wife, my partner, and the love of my life. Someone has to keep me going and keep me alive. She’s the one.
And I can never forget the readers who have encouraged me to keep writing. They are into the series and want to know what happens to the ultimate hero, Chris Gates. Thanks to all of you for being so patient.
I couldn’t have done this without all of you being there for me every day and in every way. Thank you.