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Fran Orenstein
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  • Scottsdale, AZ
  • United States
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Something About Me and My Book:
Growing up in the exciting culture of New York, I received a world-class education in the NY City Public School System. After graduating from Brooklyn College, I taught Kindergarten for three years and then became a full-time mom. Today, I am the proud Granny of four amazing, brilliant and beautiful grandchildren, Rachel, Aaron, Zayden and Kai.

My work life has been varied: magazine editor/writer; rehabilitation counselor; program manager for women's and children's projects for NJ State Gov.; and Special Projects/Disability Officer for NJ AmeriCorps.

Along the way I got a Masters in Counseling Psychology from The College of New Jersey and a Doctorate in Child and Youth Studies from Nova Southeastern University.

I wrote my first poem at age eight and submitted a short story to a national magazine at twelve. Along the way into adulthood, I wrote professionally and academically. Now retired, I can devote myself full-time to writing fiction and poetry. I am a published author of 'tween novels for kids ages 8-13, young adult historical novels, a 'tween/teen fantasy trilogy, and poetry, mysteries and a contemporary novels for adults. Award-winning adult short stories and poetry are published in various anthologies. My most current releases are a fantasy adventure series:
Writing is as natural as breathing and when I am in the zone, words just flow onto the computer screen.

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Now I'm Really Back

Sorry, folks, too much happening in the past ???? years. Two moves, illness and publishing so many books, and I've neglected too many important sites on line. Now I'm really back. Lots of new books are published now with World Castle Publishing, books for adults and teens, even a chapter book series. Three of my children's books and two YA historical novel are in the process of republication by a teen/'tween publisher in Arizona, Saguaro…


Posted on July 6, 2014 at 12:53pm

I'm Back

As you can all see I have not been on this website in a while.  Well that is all about to change.  I have a new company called Dressing Your Book to market myself and my books.  That means there will be a lot more information coming out about my books and where I will be doing events, etc. so you can all come out and visit when you are in the area.  I look forward to hearing from you all and seeing you at the events I…


Posted on October 2, 2012 at 4:50pm

Marketing and Public Relations

The bane of a writer's existence is the amount of time spent marketing her book. It takes time away from writing and can be a daunting task for someone who isn't technologically astute. Lots of people find it difficult to market yourself, which is what a writer must do to become known to readers. I finally bit the bullet and hired The World of Ink to do a two-week public relations on-line tour. They know the blog sites and where the on-line market is for my books. I will be posting a daily…


Posted on May 9, 2012 at 7:30am

Elitist Attitudes

Elitist attitudes toward self-publishing and POD or small press publishing is still rearing it's ugly head. Yes, there are a multitude of writers out there who should take up art or music instead, but they abound in traditional publishing, too. I'm sure many readers have opened a book published by one of the five major publishing houses and closed it after a few pages; badly written, boring, slow, poorly executed plot, editorial errors, ad infinitum, but nonetheless published. On the other…


Posted on November 17, 2010 at 10:14am — 2 Comments

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At 3:00pm on August 29, 2010, Traci S Campbell said…

Hello this is Traci. I wanted to stop by your page to welcome you to the network and ask you to please join me on my Facebook group at The C.H.A.M.P Within This group is about single parents and children who have grown up in a single parent home and for the ones who want to show their support.

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At 11:53pm on July 22, 2010, Jerilyn Ito said…
Thanks, Fran! Thank you for showing me and inviting me to see different ways to share my book with others! :)
At 7:45pm on July 22, 2010, casey zeman gave Fran Orenstein a gift
I am excited to be on this ning. Just saying hi. Cheers, and have an amazing night!
At 7:53pm on July 16, 2010, Kate L said…
At 2:17pm on July 16, 2010, Theresa Danley gave Fran Orenstein a gift
Hi Fran! Welcome!

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