Frances R. Schmidt

A message to FRED’s friends & follower’s

It’s a pleasure to present you with a bio of my author, Frances R. Schmidt and co-author James A. Costa who collaborated on their new upcoming novel Forever Violet: From Stony Hill to Broadway which will be published by BookBaby Publishing in the fall of 2023. The novel will also share my website located at This will be an exciting innovative event.

In August the author’s will share the first chapter and hope you’ll look forward to reading it. It will be available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and at other online book sellers.




James A. Costa is a retired West Seneca, N.Y., English teacher, and the author of a number of novels, including A Portal in Time, and Murder on Mulberry Street.

Frances R. Schmidt is a retired D’Youville University college administrator and author of an historical fiction novel, titled FRED: Buffalo Building of Dreams, and two job search books.

This unique co-authorship resulted from an unexpected meeting between two authors of different genres.  Forever Violet is a collaboration honoring the life and legacy of ninety-seven year old Lillie R. Sharon’s first writing project, titled Violet.  Unfortunately, she passed away in 2022, leaving the ‘bare bones’ of her novel intact.

The authors believe Lillie’s spirit brought them together to complete her novel regarding Violet’s transformative life and ultimate destiny. It is their fervent hope they have stayed true to her intent and given some measure of justice to Lillie’s vision.




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