As the reading and writing specialist and later Staff Developer I was able to reach many of the students who came from other countries and help them to read, understand and speak our language and excel in school. The arts and music are two of my greatest passions. For many years I directed the orchestra and choral groups at Graduation. I mentored many of the new teachers, was test coordinator for the school and eventually went back for my degree in Administration. WGR: Tell us a little about Bertha. Did your experience as a teacher inspire your Bertha stories or was it more from personal experience?
Fran: I based my stories and my titles in my own experiences growing up in the South Bronx. I was always the outcast when it came to sports, dancing and was overweight. I spent my life battling with my weight and got ridiculed a lot in dancing school and when participating in many activities. I did however excel at punch ball and can still knock one out of the park. Bertha is me.
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Everything that I wrote in all three books if true. Many children in the schools today are subjected to the abuse caused by bullies in their schools or being overweight as I was all my life. Having difficulty walking up the stairs or not being able to participate in activities in the gym made it difficult for me to fit in with many of the other kids. As an educator and a teacher who did spend time working with the gym teacher when my time was requested to assist him, I learned that this issue was still front and center and I refused to allow it to continue.
My Bertha stories are all true.
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The third book, Bertha Fights Back deals with September 11 and is dedicated to one of my students who died in the first tower. I wrote these stories to help teachers, parents and children of all ages learn to embrace their differences and understand that it is not what you look like on the outside that makes the person, it is the inner you and your kindness and understanding of others.
It is also a resource for anyone that needs home care, senior care or wants to really understand the illness. This book will help the coach potato in everyone and give you ways to keep your mind and body active and alert. Tell us what you like least about the writing process and what you like most. Fran: I really do not like editing my work. I love when someone else reads my stories or my novels and gives me the feedback that I need. I have trouble reading on my computer because I get eyestrain.
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I often wonder at times what I am going to write and where my plots are going. The best part is completing that manuscript and seeing your book in print and of course having tons of people buy it. WGR: I know you review books for several review sites. What types of books do you enjoy reading most and who are some of your favorite authors?
Fran: I love reading a well-written mystery, thriller and historical fiction novel.
A novel that grabs my attention from the first word forcing me to complete the book in a day. I love reading Paranormal and fantasy too.
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