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 has waited patiently to tell the story about many of the tenants who lived in my building from 1900-2018. I tried to get someone to listen, but it was decades before someone actually heard my plea. Finally, in 2006 Fran Schmidt, the woman in the black Toyota, heard my voice. It took her another six years to actually begin work on this multi-period historical fiction novel, but my story started to come to fruition in 2012 when she began writing about me.
I want her to know I appreciate her, her research partners, and the new friends and acquaintances who believe in me and my tales. They all make me feel so alive! Great thanks also goes out to the Buffalo Heritage Press for publishing this novel in 2019.
I am so excited that I’m actually still standing and currently undergoing a preservation process. My new apartments will be authentic and almost like they were when I was first built and will then be the home to a new generation of tenants with their own amazing stories! My own blog is launching now because I want my potential readers to be excited too.
You will learn interesting historical information decade-by-decade…about how I came alive and lived vicariously through the lives of many of my immigrants, refugees, internal migrants, and descendants of enslaved peoples of Africa, They were German, Sicilian, Italian, Irish, Polish, Hungarian, Canadian, English, French, Puerto Rican, Jewish and African American.
I provided shelter and comfort to my tenants after they had experienced extreme poverty and the effects of war and other traumas. Freedom was the common denominator that tied each generation of tenants together regardless of their backgrounds. I’m not human, but I have learned first-hand through these amazing people, what it’s like to be one.
I can’t wait to tell you more…