“I couldn’t get the building out of my mind…”
Ms. Schmidt is the author of Fred: Building of Dreams, 2020. This multi-period historical fiction novel is about a 118 year old apartment building and his tenants who lived in the West Side industrial neighborhood of Buffalo, New York, from 1900 – 2018.
Frances is also the author of Getting Hired Handbook 2012 and Getting Hired in any Job Market. Currently she is the Volunteer Coordinator of Back on Track which offers 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.
Christine Demcie is a contributing writer for Fred: Building of Dreams and had multiple additional roles in bringing Fred’s message to life including website designer, media consultant, and 2nd developmental editor. Fran likes to say that at one point, Fred left her and joined forces with Christine, who then developed his persona and brought Fred’s feelings to life by sharing his authentic voice through stories and reflections.
Christine holds a M.S. degree from SUNY Buffalo State College and a B.A. from Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. After Fran, she served as Director of Career Services at D’Youville College for 7 1/2 years before embarking on a freelance career as a career coach and professional resume writer certified in both the U.S. and Canada.
Through all their shared experiences including the journey with Fred, Fran and Christine are true friends for life.
We know this is a difficult time for everyone but author Fran Schmidt and contributing writer Christine Demcie (the persona of Fred) would like to send you heartfelt words of hope and a sincere message to stay safe and well. And here’s a few words from Fred: “I once watched a young neighborhood boy accidentally …
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In the early 90’s, eighty-five-year-old Granny Mattie Brown, the mother of 15 children and 31 grandchildren moved into one of my apartments with her youngest son Douglass and his wife. Please use your imagination to visualize a small cozy living room, with a small two-tiered table in the center. On the top of the table …
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