Pre-Famous Author Interview: Frankie Mallis

Frankie Mallis is one of those people that just makes me laugh. When I found her on Twitter and then discovered the treasure that is her blog, I thought to myself, “What did I do before this?” Yeah… she’s that awesome.

A Philadelphia native, Frankie has ventured out of her hometown once to attend Cornell and again to spend a summer in Scotland. So basically, I am super jealous of her. She now lives and works in Philly, where, according to Frankie, she has so many day jobs that people are always confused about what she does. But don’t worry, I’m a total pro at consolidating confusing things, so here’s Frankie’s career in a nutshell: She is a bellydancing psychologist librarian professor babysitter. Oh, and she writes.

What? Why are you looking at me like that?

Anyway, in the four seconds of the day she’s not working or writing, Frankie enjoys blogging, dancing, drawing, making jewelry, and she just got into the coolest hobby ever: Knitting! (Everyone knows knitting is knotty.)

Frankie’s right in the middle of the final revision for her WIP, Stolen, which is “a contemporary YA fantasy full of forbidden love, hot kisses, demon butt-kicking, betrayals, angst, mystery and magic, and the occasional face punch.” Sounds awesome, right? I can’t wait till it’s on the shelves! She plans to start querying soon. Or may have started already. You never know with that crazy girl.

Frankie was kind enough to answer some questions for me, so let’s get to the interview. Enjoy!

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Anne: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Frankie: Hmmmmm, I would love to live in California for a while, but I really do love Philadelphia, it’s a good home-base and close to New York which is fun because I can see the publishing houses in person and squeeeee.

A: Um, I would make the same sound if I saw them in person! So, if you could only have one book for the rest of your life, what would it be?

F: This question is so evil, but I’ll say Lord of the Rings (which totally counts as one book) because its soooo long and the appendix will always keep me entertained forever and ever and ever.

A: Good choice! I love that one, too. So, writers are quirky people… what is your biggest quirk? 

F: Don’t laugh, but I’m 26 and… I still can’t swallow pills… I need to hide them in ice cream or applesauce… ok… you can laugh… if you must…

A: Bless. I would never laugh at you, Frankie. Well… unless you were dressed up like Hermione and pretending to be her in some public place. What? Oh, right. Next question. Anything unusual or unique about you that we would enjoy knowing?

F: I’m vegan. I became vegan at 23, but I’ve been vegetarian since I was 12.

A: You’re a stronger woman than I am, that’s for sure. I can’t imagine giving up my dairy products and whatnot, but then again, I do have a slightly unhealthy love for cheese. Is there anything you would never consider doing?

F: Eat meat. Otherwise I’m pretty open to adventure.

A: Have any pet peeves, either in writing or life in general?

F: People who proselytize. It’s my hugest pet peeve in life. I really can’t stand when anyone tries to force their beliefs on another person, either in person or in book form.

A: Man, that drives me crazy, too. What would you say is your best muse?

F: I think my dreams are my biggest muse because the main idea for my novel came from a dream. Maybe next is music… music always inspires stories in me. I used to express those stories through my dance choreographies and now they are usually expressed through my writing.

A: Very cool. And what author, dead or alive, do you admire most?

F: Shakespeare! I mean, dude! How did you do all of that?  So many plays, such perfect psychology and language for each character. OMG! Imagining he looks like Joseph Fiennes helps.

A: Ha! I never tried imagining that, but you are so right… I have a whole new respect for Shakespeare now. So, what about your characters? Which one do you identify with the most?

F: My MC Lilliana. She is a little crazy and obsessive and tends to jump to conclusions fast, though the difference between us is she’ll act immediately on her conclusions and I tend to think about whether or not I’m right for a long time.

A: I am definitely the type to jump to conclusions, act on them, and then spend forever trying to clean up whatever mess I’ve just made. Ugh. What would you say is your biggest challenge as a writer?

F: World building. I’m still working out some of the kinks for the rules of Knights and Mages, and not just like the cool magic stuff, more like what are their laws and how do they run their world—boring administrative stuff—but you know, someone has to push the paper for your world to turn.

A: So true. I’m pretty bad at that stuff, myself.

Isn’t she great, folks? If you would like to find Frankie in various other places, you can find her here:

  • Blog
  • Twitter @FrankieDiane
  • Facebook (just search Frankie Mallis – she’s the only one!)

If you would like to participate in the Pre-Famous Author Interviews series, let me know by leaving a comment on this post, e-mailing me through my website’s contact page, or tweeting me @AnneRiley. I would love to have you!

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32 thoughts on “Pre-Famous Author Interview: Frankie Mallis

  1. Frankie says:

    Aw thanks for having me, Anne! It’s so fun being over here. Man, I was getting claustrophobic at my blog– I’ve got to get out more–woot!

  2. Dawn Embers says:

    Great interview. Amusing and insightful about Frankie. She’s fun and becoming quite the known personality on twitter and the blog world, it seems. It’ll be interesting to go back and see reviews once the pre-famous ones are published.

  3. EJ Fechenda says:

    What a fun interview! It’s always cool to read about other writers in this way…especially before they’re on the NY Times bestsellers list. I’m going to check out her blog and on Twitter…gotta help a Philly girl out!

  4. Anne Riley says:

    Jennifer: Thanks my dear! I have to admit, I love my website, too. I’m having a lot of fun with it!

  5. Anne Riley says:

    Dawn: I know, I feel like she is a celebrity! And yeah, it will be awesome once she’s published and we can all review her book!

  6. Anne Riley says:

    EJ: Ha! Yep, gotta support your hometown writers, eh? You will be so glad you found her. She is great!

  7. Simon says:

    … POW! …

    I arrive out of the ether (or, alternately, my blog vacation) to leave a comment.

    And the comment is…

    … wait for it…

    … keep waiting…

    (I learned this stall tactic from Shannon, incidentally, so if you find it annoying, go bug her about it.)

    … and we’re still waiting…

    *whistles*

    *checks nails*

    *doesn’t know why he just checked nails, since he’s a guy*

    … and still waiting…

    … and…

    Nice interview, Frankie! Way to go, Anne! Wheeee!

    … POW! …

  8. Anne Riley says:

    Simon: I just virtually punched you in the face. But, I’m glad you’re back from the blogcation! Yeah, I just said that.

  9. Carolina Valdez Miller says:

    Aww, great interview, Anne! Frankie rocks. And she’s probably the strongest person on earth. Who could give up ice cream and cheese and filet mignon? Seriously. That’s like superhero strength.

  10. Joanne Fritz says:

    Awesome interview. Congrats to you both. I’ve known Frankie since we met at an SCBWI conference in 2008 (has it really been two years? Wow!) and I’ve always realized she’ll be famous one day. She has more energy than anyone I’ve ever met. And probably more talent.

    Oh, and Frankie, I have to tell you: I used to have trouble swallowing pills too, until I was well into my 30s. So I sympathize.

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