Frank Sayre, author of American Brothers. Click on Frank to find out more!
Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to a very interesting man. Frank Sayre has led a colourful and fascinating life, do not miss this interview!
Five words that describe you: Do not under-estimate me.
Surprising facts about you: I was a drug smuggler for five years. I escaped from a Mexican jail—along with six others. My heart has been broken numerous times.
How do you work through self-doubt & fear? Some time in my mid-twenties I got tired of fear controlling me. At first, I used will power and data to summon up answers as to why I was afraid. Now I know this may seem a bit heady but I used marijuana a bit and used it for a higher purpose, not just to escape tedium. Whatever is was that came in the way of information through the various levels of my consciousness I kept gathering data about what it was I was afraid of and what was the cause of my self-doubt.
What I was doing seemed to work but not really. Information about how fear worked on me started to arrive through my emotions. My emotions had been sending me messages that I had not been paying attention to (this is very common for all of us). To spare you from the book I’d have to write to get all of this over to anyone, my second book details how I began dealing with my emotions, and how I was not alone; all of us must deal with how to overcome fear and doubt. The main clue here is I discovered that I had to love all aspects of myself & I mean all, not just a few dozen obvious aspects—I mean all of them. This opened me up to my shadow side (perhaps I’ll send excerpts that deal with this.)
What scares me the most? Suffering constant physical pain. From sun up to sun down I have a chronic back pain. This is my second greatest fear. Three years ago a doctor, after x-rays and a Cat-scan let me know I have pulmonary fibrosis & emphysema. What scares me is constant shortness of breath and the growing problem.
What makes you happiest? Finding ways to allow joy into my life; that is when I am happiest. When I look my Russian Blue (female cat) in the eyes, joy fills me. They are such lovely Creatures of God.
Why do you write? I never knew I had passions. I’d considered passions were something that someone other than me, had. In short I’d disallowed them. I can remember times when a girlfriend would ask if I was excited about something. I was always bewildered by this. Excitement, I thought, was something woman get all mixed up in. It was when I began writing I began to acknowledge passions were present. As realization poured in I was full to the brim with good feelings. The main passion had to do with eagerness to express myself. That’s why I write.
Have you always enjoyed writing? Before I had a computer my writing skills were horrible at best. In 1993 I bought my first computer, but was severely petrified as to how to operate it. After I got going, pleasure upon pleasure came as my skills increased. In 1996 I began keeping a journal. Those writing’s are contained in two folders, in 92 files, each with more than 20,000 words. It keeps me busy, and keeps me in practice, and in touch with a growing “me,” and the world around me & you and all other souls.
What motivates you to write? A need to express myself; that’s the main reason why I keep a journal. You ever get the feeling that no one is listening to what you have to say?
What writing are you most proud of? All of my writing I am proud of. I’ve written two books, and they are what I deem my freedom to put into action my ever-growing imagination. I am proud that I write, period. It is fulfilling.
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What are you most proud of in your personal life? Well, I am the only one in my family (my mother was one of seven siblings; my dad had 14 brothers & sisters) who wrote a book (2 books & counting) and the only one to appear in a one-hour program seen in 35 nations.
What books did you love growing up? There were a couple of Nancy Drew books, but CS Forester, who wrote the Hornblower books, became my 1st love. Jack London wrote 42 narratives and dozens of shot stories of which I have read almost all of them.
Who is your favourite author? Bar none, Jack London, the man could write, and he lived what he wrote—but there are many close 2nd’s.
What book genre of do you adore? I am laughing about that. Back in 2008 I could not afford cable (actually I was homeless and living in my car) so the library became a source of books and afforded shelter. So too did the river and parks. It was summer. I grew tired of Patterson and Grisham and many others thriller stories. I wanted something that was real, had depth, and would give me a bigger picture of life. I found Zane Grey and began devouring his books about the Wild West. Louis Lamor also. Westerns are the answer. Zane wrote a story called “The Great Trek,” about two American cowboys in the great outback of Australia. I ate it up and still do, like a copy of, “Riders of the Purple Sage” I bought for 2 bucks.
What book should everybody read at least once? In HS it was required we read “Catcher in the Rye.” I re-read it a few years ago. It’s as good a book as any classic to start with.
Are there any books you really don’t enjoy? Horror stories.
Location and life experiences can really influence writing, tell us where you grew up and where you now live? I am a much travelled person, relatively speaking. I was born in a cowboy town in Eastern Oregon. My father was in the military so we travelled; San Francisco, the Mojave Desert, Florida, Okinawa. I’ve been in and out of Mexico dozens of times and lived there on four occasions—once for a year. There were five trips to Puerto Rico and a winter stay in Virginia Beach, two trips to British Columbia and on and on.
I was a long-haul driver for 4+ years and drove the Western States. My youngest brother settled in the area I now live. I choose Grants Pass, Oregon for many reasons; it was my home state and it is lovely here in the forested mountains. But the SF Bay Area, where I learned to sail at age 13, is my real home. I spent over half my life living in the natural beauty of one of the loveliest spots on earth. It truly replenished ones soul to be out and about in a setting such as the Bay Area. One is inspired just living there.
In Grants Pass, Oregon, the people are rather friendly; it is surrounded by mountains, and a river runs through town— The Rogue. I have many like-minded friends here.
Where do you get your inspiration from? That’s a fun one! I think a lot of us draw inspiration from where ever we reside; from whatever it is that fascinates us and turns our clocks. I can be inspired when in the desert, as when in the forested mountains, with my face in a book; with a lover by my side; sailing in an ocean of mystic blue water or the SF Bay. Life inspires me; the constant gift of having the awareness that I can contrast and create, now that’s inspiring!
What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing? I’ll only say that writing is what I Love to do.
What marketing works for you? I’ve been down the route with Lit Agents, and with self-publishing. They are both demoting and full of crap-traps. I have turned to using today’s high tech; I paid a webmaster (a local woman with 13 years experience) to design a site, and also to teach me how to drive traffic to the site. We are in the beginning stages. We’ll see! I am selling my book as an e-Book. I have had the fortune to be on a TV program. I’m planning on using all the free publicity it will draw.
Do you find it hard to share your work? No! I love sharing my work. In a perfect world, I’d give my book away for free knowing that I’d be honoured for my efforts.
Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you? Not really! The subject matter (smuggling) has a lot to do with why they look askance, both family and friends. There are a few who seem to stand behind me. It’s like this; there are those who want to read the book and there are those who never ask.
Do you plan to publish more books? Yes.
What else do you do, other than write? It is rare today for writers to be full-time…
I am a full-time writer having retired a few years ago, but I am limited in what I can do these day’s. Lack if money (I love to travel) keeps me at home—as does a lung condition keep me from going about, hiking and other activities. I am active in the community with other like-minded souls and do what I can to get about, but I’m also limited in the amount of hours I can write or be active.
What other jobs have you had in your life? I have worked out doors most my life. I was an independent boat and house carpenter for over two decades; I sailed most weekends. I was a long-haul driver for a few years.
If you could study any subject at university level what would you pick? I never stopped studying. I attend the University of Pay Attention. It goes by other names, but to get to what you are asking; History, Law, Medicine, Agronomy, Physics and on and on. Why stop?
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? I love spring and fall so I’d move about to where spring and fall are happening. When I tire of it I’d do a winter here a summer there. Really there is no one place that would do. Perhaps most others would feel the same had they the means. I visited the tropics on numerous occasions. I’d love to spend more time, but warm weather is a bother. I’ve relatives who live in Ecuador where the average year round temps are 75-55. Now that’s a place to be!
Tell us about your family? I write about them often. I care for them but we are scattered, driven apart by circumstances that drive almost every family a part. My father abandoned us when I was 13. He was abandoned as well. So was my mother who was born an illegitimate child. My older brother and I became smugglers, and then fugitives. I turned myself in, he remained a fugitive. My mother, bless her soul, was nothing short of schizophrenic and my youngest brother took a wee bit too much acid and came out of it schizophrenic.
My oldest brother and I fought all the time, not physically; mind games and power struggles. For years I blamed him, but to cut to the chase he now has cancer. He contacted me for the first time in a good 7-8 years. It was in August of 2012. We stay in touch using the net. He’s still a fugitive. Even though his mind and body are fading we have a strong connection; we our brothers, we are one, we are awakening with every breath; which means we now share a love for one another.
My youngest brother recently moved to Portland, Or. The other day I called him. His number is no longer good. He has not called. His daughter, who moved to Portland, has four siblings. Last week she blocked me out of her FB.
How do you write – lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk? Laptop.
Where do you get support from? Do you have many friends in the industry? Not really. True support is what you are referring to, and I don’t get a whole lot of that. There are a few out there, one dude in particular and others who are fascinated. I get the impression that many or most are afraid of life and what it has to offer and thus live in fears of their own creations, ie, judgments. I look forward to gaining support from other writers, men and woman who share my passions. We live in a high-tech age. We are bound to meet up, from Oregon to Australia, from Chile to Iceland, and other far and distant places, we are one.
How much sleep do you need to be your best? At my present age, there is a wider variance, but the usual amount of 8 hours does me well.
Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you? Herman Hess, a German author and Nobel Laureate, (1962 I believe) was mostly unknown till the late 60’s. That’s when I began reading his books. “Siddhartha” is my favorite. In the last years of his life he was reclusive. Were I as what he was I’d also lean on the side of recluse.
It is vital to get exposure and target the right readers for your writing, tell us about your marketing campaign? I have the fortune to have been in a one hour feature episode of Locked up Aboard. It is at present being aired on Nat Geo’s TV channel and will air several times during a four months period. After which my webmaster shall download it onto my website. Making good use of this publicity is what we/I am working with now. Any suggestions are welcome. I no longer have a strong desire nor the stamina to get out there and do the many things it takes to become well-known. No matter, it seems a bit silly. The 100 monkey theory is a very effective path; ask Van Gogh, oops but he’s not here! Too hard to say if you get what it is I mean. I most often live in a fifth-dimensional world.
But I love the idea and concept of knowing and sharing with others, whatever it is I can do to pass on to them or gain knowledge in return.
Tell us about your new book? What’s it’s about, and why did you write it? I actually started writing it back in 1994. I did not know that it would one day lead to another book.
Stretch your imagination to the limit, please. Imagine you are a man, and you are attractive, but you suffer from low self-esteem. But over time you have been in bed with a great number of women. Now you are in your late 40’s and a prostate disorder levels you, humbles you; you are in great pain each and every time you have to urinate; you would not wish this on anyone. Your doctor has no one solution and wants to send you to a lab where they will run a tiny camera up your male member. You instead run to your holistic therapist who suggests you write about the woman in your life—all of them, including your mother. Once you begin the pain begins to diminish.
That is what the 2nd book is about. Need I say anymore other than its reality writ large. It happened to me, and writing about those lovers has brought tremendous relief. The irony is that most everyone is not prepared for this book. Imagine that if you will.
If you could have a dinner party and invite anyone dead or alive, who would you ask? Jesus and Buddha for starts! Jack London also, along with Herman Hess and Bob Dylan. I’d invite Gandhi too and that Nelson Mandela fellow as well as Adolph Hitler and Alexander the Great only I doubt Hitler would make it, he’s too busy hanging out in the abyss pondering why it is he’s been left alone in the dark.
When you are not writing, how do you like to relax? I meditate, usually twice a day, sometimes three. I am a sport fanatic to a degree. I love football, baseball, and other athletic events—on TV or otherwise. Then there are the sitcoms. Laughing is very healing as most of us know. Other activities fill in other spots but I care not to get into them at this juncture.
Do you have any tips on how writers can relax? Yes. Meditation works wonders. Very often I reach a I’m-stuck point. Most always cognitions come when I am deep down in a ThetaState. It works best if I don’t go down with any preconceived notions. Go down for the sake of relaxing and energizing your bodily paradigms. Pop goes the mind & heart!
How often do you write? And when do you write? I write almost every day, but on a lot of occasions I skip a Sunday or Saturday or a day that I am just flat-out busy. I write mostly in the morning and then some on the afternoon. There are times when I write at night, but that comes and goes.
Do you have an organized process or tips for writing well? Do you have a writing schedule? I have never thought to make a habit of scheduling writing periods. There have been days on end of writing. I was told in the beginning when I complained to one of my ex-lovers; just write; get it down, let it happen; allow your thoughts to become words. Years later that advice has paid off. Get down, get angry or let the anger flow and the tears drip down your cheeks, laugh your ass sore; it doesn’t matter—but it does matter. Everything matters and with hours and days and weeks and years of writing you become more of who you want to be. There is magic in writing. You can make a whole new you, so plan on this happening to you, whether you write or keep a journal or blog, whatever.
If you like the way an author creates stories, study their methods. Learn from them. When I can’t get in sync sometimes I pick up a book and read for a while, get back in sync and go back to writing.
Sometimes it’s so hard to keep at it – What keeps you going? The pure excitement of writing keeps me going. I’ve little experience writing fiction, but I enjoy writing about real people and real situations. That’s the reason I keep a journal. I cannot say enough about journal writing. Journal contains the root word “journey.” Everything you write, including fiction you are on a journey. Since 1996 I have countless stories about many of the people I met along the way. Those people and their unique stories excite me, keep me going because within each story is a lesson; each person teaches you a new way to look at life, thus the journey.
What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel? My mind & heart, for the most part live, in the Realms of Truth. Truth frightens most everyone, but I would have it no other way; I write for the sake of Truth knowing too that like all others I live lies also. But most people live in a world where the lies they live are real to them, and the lies they are told are the only thing they know. I’ve reached a point where the lies I live in become apparent real soon, soon enough for me to make other choices.
I came into (reincarnated) this life to carry out a mission… much like many or all others who have truth-sayer abilities. I know nothing more than what truth there is at any given moment, and the truth to me is that if I make others feel good or poorly then I have accomplished my mission. Why is that so? Because there is purpose in everything within creation, every thought, every action; everything the imagination can imagine. Imagine that and then imagine that the truth is in you, and all you have to do is access it; through your heart of course?
I will want others to feel better about whom they are and what they are becoming and to know that judgment from others is the other person’s fears being cast back at them; you know, like the biblical message equates, “do un to others…”
Thanks so much for your thoughts Frank! It is truly appreciated.
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