The Adventures of Hashbrown Winter

Welcome back to author Frank L. Cole

Frank L. Cole was born into a family of Southern storytellers and wrote his first book as age eight. Sadly he misplaced the manuscript and has since forgotten what he wrote. Highly superstitious and gullible to a fault, Frank will believe any creepy story you tell him, especially ones involving ghosts and Bigfoot. Currently along with his wife and three children, he resides in the shadow of a majestic western mountain range, which is most likely haunted.

 

Interview

If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future? 

I think I’d go into the past and give my mini-self some advice. I was too spastic as a child. Not that I’d listen to my older self.

If you could have any superpower what would you choose? 
Mind reading like Professor X. He led the X-men with that power. That’s saying something.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects? 
I have 2 books releasing this year (4th Hashbrown and my 3rd and final Guardians book). I have a couple other books up my sleeve, but nothing to report just yet.

What inspired you to want to become a writer? 
My wife. I’ve always loved writing, but she really pushed me to become a published author. 

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published. 
Whenever a kid does a book report on my book at school. Book reports can be bothersome for kids. It is homework after all. And the fact some kid chose to occupy his valued time after school to read and report on my book, says something to me. It’s awesome.

If you could jump in to a book and live in that world, which would it be? 
I’d say Lord of the Rings, but I wouldn’t have to talk like that all the time. And if I picked Harry Potter, I’d most likely be a muggle and I wouldn’t be the wiser of any of the cool stuff going on. So I’d have to say Charlotte’s Web. Talking pigs?!!! That’s hilarious!

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors? 
Don’t let rejection completely change your writing. A great story needs opposition in order to be born. 

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? 
Anywhere? Somewhere warm all year long, but not hot. Like a state where it is always springtime. I don’t even know if that exists, but I don’t like the cold at all.

What is your favorite Quote? 
“No matter how much Peter loved her, what made the Pan refuse to grow was that the Hook brings you back.” – Blues Traveler

When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”? 
A lot taller and cooler that’s for sure. I also wanted to be someone who could befriend Sasquatch, because I felt that really mattered. Everyone needs a friend. Even Big Foot.

How did you know you should become an author? 
Story ideas consume me. I’m constantly throwing out characters during conversations or cool scenes. It’s just something I have to do. I love it!

Who are your favorite authors of all time? 
I love J.K. Rowling and Stephen King and Hampton Sides and so many more.

Can you see yourself in any of your characters? 
Absolutely! Hashbrown is me. Whiz is me. Phil is me. I know myself the best so why not use that to my advantage?

What’s the craziest writing idea you’ve had? 
It involved a boy and his talking motorcycle. It was also a horror idea. Not a good one…

Nickname? 
Frankie the Phantom

How do you react to a bad review? 
Denial. “That couldn’t have been my book they were reading. Could it?” 

If you were a super hero what would your kryptonite be? 
Peas. I hate em! And they’re green, so there you go.
What is you favorite way to spend a rainy day? 
Napping and staring out the window. I love the rain! 
How long do you generally let a story idea ‘marinate’ in your brain before you start the book? 
It could be weeks, but sometimes the story screams to get out and I have to start immediately. Hashbrown took 5 years to complete. 

If you could take over the world, would you? 
No… (nose grows)
TV or Movies? 
Movies

Hot or Cold? 
Hot

Black or White? 
Both

Night owl, or early bird? 
Neither

Print or Ebook? 
Print

Chocolate or Vanilla? 
Chocolate

Regular or Diet? 
Diet (unfortunately)

Coke or Pepsi? 
Pepsi is the spit of demons so Coke

Horror or Romance? 
Horror

Action or Drama? 
Toss up. I like them both

Pizza or Pasta? 
Pizza

Skittles or M&Ms? 
M&Ms

Sweet or Salty? 
Salty

Summer or Winter? 
Summer

City or Country? 
City

Harry Potter or Twilight? 
Harry Potter

Gum or Breath Mints? 
Gum

Spontaneity or Planning Ahead? 
Spontaneity

PC or Mac? 
Mac

Beach or Pool? 
Beach

Shoes or Sandals? 
Shoes

Cats or Dog? 
Dog

Apples or Oranges? 
Oranges

Cause or Effect? 
Huh?

Heads or Tails? 
Heads

Facebook or Twitter? 
Facebook

Truth or Dare? 
Dare… Always!

Text or Talk? 
Talk

Introvert or Extrovert? 
Extrovert

The Adventures of Hashbrown Winters

There I stood, hiding next to the vending machines, disguised as a potted plant. I brushed the plastic leaves from my face and stared down the hallway toward the front double doors. Snow Cone always said one day this ridiculous costume would come in handy.
Fifteen minutes had passed since the last student left for the buses, but I wasn’t about to take any chances. Not with my life hanging in the balance. Leaning forward, I peered around the corner just as the sound of footsteps echoed down the hallway. Was this it? Could this be him? Was I about to be pulverized by Hambone while wearing an emergency disguise I had just pulled from my locker?
Hashbrown Winters and his treehouse club of buddies are well known around Pordunce Elementary, especially after Hashbrown s seminar last year on how to give the best show and tell performances er, presentations. But when Hashbrown accidentally crosses Hambone Oxcart, the death dealer of Pordunce, he’ll need more than just the support of his friends to survive Hambone’s wrath.

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