Frankie Bow

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Like Molly Barda, Frankie Bow teaches at a public university. Unlike her protagonist, she is blessed with delightful students, sane colleagues, a loving family, and a perfectly nice office chair. She believes that if life isn’t fair, at least it can be entertaining. Her experience with academic publishing has taught her to take nothing personally.

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Frankie Bow Thank you for the kind words, Matthew! I'm glad you enjoyed The Musubi Murder, and I agree, Nicole Gose, the narrator, is fantastic.

I'm about 35K…more
Thank you for the kind words, Matthew! I'm glad you enjoyed The Musubi Murder, and I agree, Nicole Gose, the narrator, is fantastic.

I'm about 35K words into The Blessed Event. The others (The Defunct Adjunct, The Cursed Canoe, The Black Thumb, and The Invasive Species) are complete at 60-70K words each, and awaiting edits. I am optimistic that I will be able to get Nicole for future audiobooks. She's very busy, as you can imagine, but I think she enjoyed the challenge of voicing so many different characters and exercising her excellent comic timing.

I'm going to have an interview with Nicole up on my blog soon. She has some interesting insights into the craft of audiobook narration. Stay tuned!(less)
Frankie Bow Great question! It is fun, but it's also challenging, as I have to be highly alert to what to me are "everyday" things. Most readers don't live in…moreGreat question! It is fun, but it's also challenging, as I have to be highly alert to what to me are "everyday" things. Most readers don't live in Hawaii, so my job is to pick out telling details, like the pile of slippers (aka flip-flops) on the front porch during a party (and tipsy guests who sometimes walk off wearing the wrong pair).(less)
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“Molly. I have an opportunity for you.”
“An opportunity?” I repeated, without enthusiasm. Oh, good. Next comes the part where he tells me to be a “team player” and then dumps some tedious task on me.
“It’s a chance for you to show that you can be a team player,” Bill Vogel said.”
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“I couldn’t bring myself to call him either “Bill,” which would signal friendly familiarity, or “Doctor Vogel,” which would imply respect.”
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“Did he talk about silos?”
“Of course he did,” I said. “We have to break down the silos that separate the academic side of the house from the Student Retention Office, apparently.”
Emma wrinkled her nose. “Why is it a good thing to break silos? All that happens when you break a silo is that the grain spills out. Or the missile falls over.”
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