“Words are powerful instruments of truth, facts, fiction, and imagination.”

“I couldn’t get the building out of my mind…”

About Frances

Ms. Schmidt is the author of Fred: Buffalo’s Building of Dreams, 2019. This multi-period historical fiction novel is about a 115 year old apartment building and his tenants who lived in the West Side industrial neighborhood of Buffalo, New York, from 1900 – 2015.

Frances is also author of Getting Hired Handbook 2012 and Getting Hired in any Job Market.  Currently she is the Volunteer Coordinator of Back on Track Volunteers, offering free self-empowerment workshops to the Western New York community.

Frances holds an M.S. degree from The State University College of New York at Buffalo (SUNY Buffalo State College) and  B.S. and A.A. degrees from Empire State College in Buffalo, New York. She served as Director of the D’Youville College Career Services Center in Buffalo, New York for 18 years.

Fred Speaks

Hi. I’m Fred!

My Novice Novelist blog has now transitioned to FRED SPEAKS, a blog written through the voice of FRED: Buffalo Building of Dreams.  Currently in the publication process, the book will be available in 2019 through Buffalo Heritage Press. Hi. My name is FRED and this is my very first blog. I’m an apartment building who …


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