In preparation for Shetland Create’s literary night, we’re getting to know a few local creatives. Today we learn a bit about romance novelist Frankie Valente.
I am a contemporary romantic novelist and occasional columnist for local media. My published writing includes: Dancing with the Ferryman; Chasing an Irish Dream; Learning to Dance Again, and Dreaming in Norwegian. Currently working on my fifth novel, Granny goes to Uni and a screenplay called Laughing with the Kookaburra. I am inspired by the scenery and people of Shetland and the problems of contemporary life, such as divorce, emigration, the “empty nest” and life after retirement and finding a work/life balance.
Home has been Shetland for many years, however, I have also lived in Ireland, Wales and England. I have a Masters in Professional Writing from University College Falmouth. I provide mentoring and editing services for writers, including Melanie Hudson who won the Contemporary Novel of the Year by the Romantic Novelists’ Association for her novel The Wedding Cake Tree.
Shetland Create celebrates creativity in Shetland through its bi-annual literary magazine and literary readings. The next reading will take place on 9 July. Issue #1 of the magazine is available for free online at http://www.shetlandcreate.com. Hosted by University of Glasgow students Kirsten Boswell and Angie Spoto. Follow us on Twitter @ShetlandCreate. Come celebrate with us!