Frankie Hogan is an American writer, director, and filmmaker. He is a founder and principal partner of Corner Prophets Production Company, a film production company started in 2012, and the company controller for a Los Angeles-based international interior design firm.

About the Book: Livin’: From the Amsterdam Red Light to the African Bush is part memoir, part adventure story, part unconventional travel guide, part laugh-out-loud narrative, and totally irresistible.  Consider what would happen if you traveled the world with a Charles Bukowski-Jack Kerouac hybrid leading the way, and you will get a sense of what this tantalizing tome has to offer.

INTERVIEW: 

Why don’t you begin by telling us a little about your writing background? I taught myself screenplay formatting as a hobby. One day I quit my job in New York and moved to Hollywood to make screenwriting a focus. I’ve had some early successes in screenwriting, which have allowed me the ability to write on spec and the time to get my first book down. Livin’ is my first venture into nonfiction. Most of my writing ideas I immediately outline into screenplay format. I never thought about writing a book, but nonfiction was an easy transition.  

Tell us a bit about your latest book, and what inspired you to write it.  Livin’: From the Amsterdam Red Light to the African Bush was conceived during a moment when I, a lifelong travel enthusiast, admitted to myself that I was letting life get in the way. I decided to stop giving in to the easy excuses. I took trips inspired by childhood dreams and by articles I had read in National Geographic. This book is a globe-hop, not by a biologist or a mountain climber, but by an everyman. It moves from Egypt to South Africa, Amsterdam to Vietnam, Peru to Cambodia, India, China, and more. Livin’ is the story of the ride, the road, and the reward. I wrote this book for the vicarious who can’t access these places, and for those who can and need a kick in the ass to do so. 

How would you describe your creative process while writing this book? Was it stream-of-consciousness writing, or did you first write an outline? Being a nonfiction memoir that includes visits to world-famous monuments and wonders, Livin’ did keep to an outline for each trip. However, I tried to relay a thought process while experiencing these places, which incorporates some stream-of-consciousness writing. A goal was to make the reader feel the atmosphere. So I have to hedge and say a mix of both. 

Describe your working environment. I’m a night owl. I usually don’t start typing until after midnight and sometimes go well into the dawn. I also need to isolate myself from the outside world. I go into the world of the story. I can have a lady friend over and will have to bring my laptop into the other room to avoid any chance of slight movement that can break my concentration. The most I do is play soft music. I have no idea how people write at Starbucks. 

Do you write non-stop until you have a first draft, or do you edit as you move along? They say Stallone wrote the screenplay for Rocky in a single weekend. That shit amazes me. I need time to develop and stew. My usual output on days I write (not outlining or researching, which is also writing) is three to five pages. Then I’ll put it down, and if I pick it up again the next day, the first thing I’ll do is edit yesterday’s work. Screenplays take me a minimum of five months. Livin’ took me four years. Fucking Stallone. 

They say authors have immensely fragile egos… How would you handle negative criticism or a negative review? I’m lucky that I learned to swim by jumping in the deep end: my move to Hollywood. Authors are funny birds, man. Here in Hollywood, authors can be obsessing over every word of a negative review they received three years ago at the same time they’re writing their Oscar acceptance speech. We all live on the roller-coaster of emotions that critics sell tickets for. This town has toughened my skin when it comes to my writing, though. I don’t get too up or too down based on any one review. Negative reviews that shine a light on a weakness you weren’t aware of are much more important to your development as a writer than most positive reviews can ever be. 

Do you have another book on the works? Would you like to tell readers about your current or future projects? I have a short black comedy screenplay that I wrote and am attached to direct. We are hoping to shoot in mid-2018, with a festival run in the winter of 2018. It’s called Home for a Pallbearer. I’m also writing a Civil War-era biopic, but that has a longer timeline.

 

 

 

 

 

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