Frances R. Schmidt

About the Authors


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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