Linda Maria Frank, Author, Lecturer, Local Access TV Producer
Author of the Annie Tillery Mystery Series, where "Nancy Drew Meets CSI"
With the introduction of Annie Tillery Mysteries, Linda Maria Frank has been launching her career as an author. Inspired by a childhood passion for Nancy Drew mysteries and the popular television series, CSI, she successfully married an appealing heroine (Annie Tillery) with gripping story plots to create a new fiction series. The Madonna Ghost, Girl with Pencil, Drawing and Secrets in the Fairy Chimneys, and The Mystery of the Lost Avenger will have you turning pages, fascinated by the background stories and forensic science that make these books a must read for mystery fans. Frank has also written Making a Mystery with Annie Tillery: The Madonna Ghost, the author’s notes on the story behind the story.
Frank’s first love was teaching science, her assignments ranging from middle school to graduate level courses at Hofstra and Adelphi Universities. It was the forensic science courses she taught in both high school and college (Hofstra University) that gave her the storylines for her heroine, Annie, who is based on a composite of former students. Frank won an award from the American Association of University Women for inspiring girls to go into science studies and careers.
Frank also produces “The Writer’s Dream”, a local access TV show, interviewing authors about their craft.
Currently, she belongs to Long Island Authors Group and Long Island Children’s Writers and Illustrators where she assists in creating school book fairs and other book events. She lectures on topics in Forensic Science, as well as doing workshops on mystery writing for 5th grade to high school.
The most important thing the author wants readers to gain from her books:
Having been a science teacher for my entire career, I see the need to provide young readers with popular fiction that is not only entertaining but enables them to absorb history and science. I have crafted my books to be page-turning adventures set in places that have interesting history. I have also taken advantage of the popularity of forensic science shows and other shows that treat scientific subjects to engage my readers in the art and science of seeing the world around them in those terms.
Why the author is an authority on the subject of her book:
I taught forensic science for over twenty years on the high school level and then in college, an undergraduate introductory course. I also have lectured on topics in forensic science for the past three years.
Speaking Engagements and School Presentations:
How does one go about writing a book? In this program, the author explains the process of getting down to the actual writing and production of a book. From inspiration, sources of ideas, research, and the art of writing, Linda Frank gives her best advice and anecdotes of how the Annie Tillery Mystery Series came about. It is a personal story chock full of factual information gleaned by the author as a result of her journey from idea to book. This presentation includes "Three Mystery Stories" for the students to solve, and a fun fill in the blanks story. These activities can be used in the classroom post presentation.
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