J.S. Frankel was born in Toronto, Canada and grew up there, receiving his tertiary education from the University of Toronto and graduating with a double major in English Literature and Political Science.
After working at Gray Coach Lines for a grand total of three years, he came to Japan at the age of twenty-six and has been there ever since, teaching English to any and all students who enter his hallowed school of learning.
In 1997, he married Akiko Koike. He, his wife and his two children, Kai and Ray, currently reside in Osaka. His hobbies include weight training, watching movies when his writing schedule allows, and listening to various kinds of music.
His novels, all for the YA set, include Twisted, Lindsay Versus the Marauders and its sequels, Lindsay, Jo, and the Tree of Forever, and Lindsay, Jo and the Well of Nevermore, all courtesy of Regal Crest Enterprises. He has also written the Catnip series (five novels), Mr. Taxi, The Titans of Ardana and its sequel, The Titans of Ardana 2: Battlefield, along with Picture (Im)perfect and more novels, courtesy of DevineDestinies.com.
Future projects for Devine Destinies include the final novel in the Titans trilogy, the final novel in the Just Another Quiet... trilogy, The Undernet, the re-release of Star Maps, and more. He is also the author of The Menagerie and The Nightmare Crew trilogy, all courtesy of Finch Books.
I started about ten years ago, after my older son mentioned something about a cartoon he'd seen, something about trees. He said, "Daddy, wouldn't it be nice if trees could talk?" As odd as that sounds, it gave me an idea about trees, and The Tower grew from that concept. I've been at it ever since.
I actually listened to a song by ELO, one of my favorite groups, ELO, called Calling America. One of the lines was about talking to a satellite...and something in my wittle brain clicked. After that, the story just wrote itself
Mr. Google to the rescue! I had to find out about how far satellites could go, what their orbital patterns were, what kinds their were, and so on. After I got the basic information, I took it from there
I haven't, although I may in the future. Nothing is ever set in stone!
I never took a writing course, and perhaps it shows--or not. I learned to write on the fly, read a LOT of books, and developed my own style. I'm still learning, and that should be the goal of every author.
I had a dream and a desire to write something good, something that I thought readers would like. I've kept at it, mainly because I think that my novels might inspire others. I'm also very stubborn, and that counts for a lot, as does persistence.