Fiction Fest: Getting personal with ‘The Guardians of the Finisher’s Fury’ author, Frank L. Cole

Frank in a treeFrank L. Cole’s latest book, “The Guardians of the Finisher’s Fury,” is the final installment in The Guardians series and brings the saga — which includes “The Guardians of the Hidden Scepter” and “The Guardians of Elijah’s Fire” — to a thrilling conclusion.

Cole is also author of the Hashbrown Winters series, which includes “The Adventures of Hashbrown Winters,” “Hashbrown Winters and the Mashimoto Madness,” “Hashbrown Winters and the Phantom of Pordunce,” and “Hashbrown Winters and the Whiz-tastrophe.”

Each of these books are available in bookstores and from online retailers.

Cole recently took a few minutes from his busy schedule to field a few questions in our Fiction Fest hot seat.

What is the most joy writing has brought to you?

I would be miserable if I couldn’t write or tell stories. Writing is as much a part of me as one of my arms, if that makes any sense. I feel empty when I’m not thinking up fun adventures and sharing them with people. Being a published author has brought me great joy over the years!

What is your motivation for writing?

I want to write a bestseller and create something loved worldwide. Yes, there’s recognition involved with that and success, but honestly, I would love to be able to know my books have made a positive impact on a large group of kids and inspired them to do something remarkable.

Which author has had the biggest influence on your writing?

I would be lying if I didn’t say J.K. Rowling never had an impact on me. Her writing changed me forever. I simply love the world she created and it has inspired me to try to do something even in the same ballpark as what she did. I have a long way to go.

What is your current work in progress?

I have a book tentatively titled “The Summoner’s Handbook” about a boy sent from the afterlife as a guardian agent to protect a sixth grader who has found a way to open a gateway to the world of demons. It’s set to release in Spring of 2015.

Besides the ones you’ve already conquered, which genre would you most like to write?

Wow! Honestly, I want to create a world like Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings.” Complete with maps and complex monsters and creatures, and my own made-up language. Have you seen those movies? Holy Moley!

Which of your books are you most satisfied with and consider your best?

That’s like asking which one of my kids is the cutest, but if I have to pick… I do think my newest book (“The Guardians of the Finisher’s Fury”) is my best. Someone wise once said (I can’t remember who), you have yet to write your best book. That gives me hope and motivation to keep writing.

In a hectic world like today’s, how do you carve out time to write?

It is so difficult. In terms of actual hours, I probably take just as long as any other author out there to write my books, but I often have to cram it within a few scattered days throughout the month. Most of my vacation days and days off from work are spent staring at a computer screen.

Who’s the biggest celebrity you’ve met and what did he/she say to you?

David Archuleta once sang to me, but I don’t think he remembers it and he’d probably deny it. But I remember. I think it was something along the lines of “A Tisket a Tasket a Flower-making Basket.”

When did you realize you had a gift for writing?

Seventh grade. I hand wrote a short horror story that terrified my older sister.

What advice would you like to offer aspiring novelists?

Dig in and work hard. Giving up on your dream doesn’t just hurt you, it hurts all the readers that would be yours had you kept at it. Think about them and how your books will one day inspire them to be greater.