Freds Publicity Update

Book Signing with Frances R. Schmidt, author of FRED: Buffalo Building of Dreams

Additional Announcements

I’m proud to announce that FRED: Buffalo Building of Dreams is now on the shelves and available to purchase at Talking Leaves…Books (click to view)


Wednesday June 15th 7:00pm
Presentation from the Author of FRED: Buffalo Building of Dreams
Town of Tonawanda Public Library Kenmore Branch
160 Delaware Rd, Kenmore, NY 14217
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Author Talks presentation is now available on the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library YouTube Station.


Read Fred’s Wonderful Book Reviews

Buffalo and Erie County Public Library Presents Author Talks with Frances R. Schmidt, Author of FRED: Buffalo Building of Dreams.  This presentation will also be available on the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library YouTube Station.


I’ve learned many secrets in my lifetime. Some are too hot to handle. To me a secret between two people is sacred. Only sometimes they reveal themselves in unexpected ways. I believe we all have secrets and some we never share with anyone except ourselves.

I don’t think secrets are bad if they keep people from despair. I was a secret for a hundred and twenty years. Now many of my historical secrets have been revealed while others will remain hidden within my walls. They can be happy or sad depending on one’s circumstances. They can even be serious or embarrassing. Sometimes saving lives or destroying them.

To tell or not to tell a secret is a question I’ve often asked myself while telling my tenants tales. I’ve learned  what it is to be a human, although I’m really only a building with a human perspective. I’ve tried to be understanding and kind when privy to secrets. They have sometimes inspired and disillusioned me. I’ve learned to respect and at times fear knowing them.

Most of all I believe secrets can help us to survive tragic situations. And if the bearer of a powerful secret can make the world a better place, it would be worth sharing…



Hope is Priceless

Greetings to FREDs Friends and Followers:

FRED has had an extraordinary surprise and wants to share it. My author, Frances R. Schmidt, received a NYC Big Book Award for FRED: Buffalo Building of Dreams in the historical fiction category as a 2021 Distinguished Favorite.

The competition is judged by experts from different aspects of the book industry including publishers, writers, editors, book cover designers and professional copy writers. Selected award winners and Distinguished Favorites are based on overall excellence.

The New York City Big Book Award announces the 2021 Winners & Distinguished Favorites!

First Podcast Interview

I am happy to announce my first Podcast interview about FRED: Buffalo Building of Dreams on the Penny Wolfgang On Target Show.



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