Author Frank Fiore is the Oracle!
Frank Fiore is one of the foremost short story writers in America. He has sold thousands of books and will continue to do so because he is talented. For those who know Frank… You know what to expect. For those who don’t know Frank… Say HELLO!
Q) How would describe your book, its genre? Do you write in more than one genre? What are they? Why? Do you feel it might confuse your readers?
A) THE ORACLE is a love letter to the Golden Age of Science Fictionbooks like the ILLUSTRATED MAN and TV shows like the Twilight Zone. I write in multiple genres just like Michael Crichton. I’ve written a techno-thriller, an action/adventure series, and a soon to be published novel in mainstream fiction. Writing multiple genres hasn’t confused the readers of the likes of Michael Crichton.
Q) Briefly tell us about your latest book.
A) It’s called THE ORACLE and consists of a series of short stories tied together by means of a background story – a story within a story (similar to Ray Bradbury’s “Illustrated Man”). And like the Jeffrey Archer and Twilight Zone stories, the Oracle short stories are written with surprise endings.
The background story begins with a young musician on his way to Phoenix from Los Angles for a concert. He is given a car by his manager and shortly after entering Arizona it breaks down. Out in the middle of nowhere he decides tohitch a ride to the nearest town for help. While waiting for a ride, the weather turns inclement and he seeks refuge at a ranch house inhabited by an old and lonely couple. They invite him in and persuade him to stay for dinner.
After eating, they retire to the living room. After a while, the old woman offers to show their guest some of their three dimensional slides on their old-time stereoscope.
Being polite, the young man decides to endure the request. His hosts carefully remove a set of slides from a shiny metallic box from under the coffee table and place the first one in the stereoscope’s viewer. They instruct the young man to hold the stereoscope up to the living room lamp and focus it towards the viewer.When the viewer is focused and the light hits the slide, something amazing happens.
The still 3D image begins to move!
The first image he sees tells a tale that happens to be one of the short stories in the series. At the end of the first story, the young man turns to question his hosts on this wonderfully strange device. The couple just smile and offer him another slide. He asks again what the device is and where did it come from. The couple respond that the device is an ordinary stereoscope of the early 1900s that they purchased from a Sears catalog many years ago.
But the slides – ah yes, the slides. That’s another matter indeed.
Q) How long have you been writing? How long did it take to write your book? And what motivated you to write it?
A) I wrote my first full-length novel over 40 years ago. It was a SyFy novel but it wasn’t very good. But I did finish it. It takes me – from basic research to finished product about two years or so. I write to entertain my readers. Tell a good story and they like it is my reward.