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Dorothea Benton Frank

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Dorothea Benton Frank is the New York Times best selling author of ten novels.

Dottie has appeared on NBC's Today Show, Parker Ladd's Book Talk and many local network affiliated television stations. She is a frequent speaker on creative writing and the creative process for students of all ages and in private venues as the National Arts Club, the Junior League of New York, Friends of the Library organizations and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. She has also been a guest speaker at the South Carolina Book Festival, Novello, North Carolina's festival of books and the Book and Author annual event in Charleston, SC, sponsored by the Post & Courier.

Before she began her writing career, Dottie was involved extensively in the arts an
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Dorothea Benton Frank Shocking greed, overblown egos and entitlement were the genesis of ALL SUMMER LONG. The book was meant to jar the reader by looking into the…moreShocking greed, overblown egos and entitlement were the genesis of ALL SUMMER LONG. The book was meant to jar the reader by looking into the outrageous lives of some pretty shallow people. (But not all of them are terrible) These days people love to hate rich people. (In fact, I fear people seem to love hating in general more than I think is healthy.)

So everyone didn't understand the irony and the humor. Thank god enough people did get it. Maybe I should remember that in an election year to write about puppies and rainbows I suppose to satisfy some people. (Ridiculous) So be that as it may, the heart of the story is about love. I still believe in love and its power, even in this cynical, angry cycle we all seem to be caught up in.

The two principal characters, Nick and Olivia (who have the least wealth) show the others (billionaires) about the power of love and the value of commitment. Naturally, Nick and Olivia have their own share of problems - cash flow, a disrupted sense of place, ageing, quirks and foibles. Meanwhile they jet set all over the place - Spain, the Caribbean, Nantucket, New York and the southeast and what do you know? They wind up in the Lowcountry!

Some people didn't think there was enough action in the Lowcountry to make them happy - should I listen to them? Some people thought the characters were so shallow they were offensive. Of course they were! Should I only write about topics and develop the kinds of characters that don't offend anyone?

I hate the idea that what I write should be shaped by some ill conceived demand. That's not right. I'm not always going to write a book about a southern woman overcoming challenges and ultimately triumphing over it all and oh by the way, she lives in the Lowcountry and wow, she's in love again and oh god, he's a hunk and they have the best sex on the planet. Although, I do love all the variations on that theme.

I have been blessed with a long career and many loyal fans and for that I am deeply and profoundly grateful. And, I think people should think about the fact that when an author has published a long list of titles, you are going to like some of them better than others. And readers (myself included) bring our own baggage to the reading of a book. That in itself may color your appreciation of the author's work.

Gosh, it sounds like I got on a soap box a little here. Sorry for that. I just wish - and I think I can speak for my other writer friends as well - that when you find yourself underwhelmed by a book, don't go to some web site and eviscerate the author with vile language. And I'm not thin skinned. I'm just speaking up in the interest of kindness and reasonable manners. Kindness seems to be greatly undervalued these days, doesn't it? (less)
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“I have always thought that librarians are a little bit like doctors, travel agents and professors all rolled into one. We all know that a great story can lift spirits, take you anywhere in the world you want to go and in any time period to boot, and the lessons you learn from a good book can buoy your own convictions and even change your life. ”
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