Let Me Introduce Denise Frisino
Denise Frisino is a multi-talented woman. I met her in an evening class she taught at the University of Washington on building characters in stories. Her ideas were magical and made a huge difference in how I saw my characters’ movement.
Denise Frisino spent her summers playing and working in the numerous islands that define the Pacific Northwest, where her family spans four generations. Denise is a Seattle native who at age five began her lifelong devotion to performing and the arts. Both on stage and in film, she has been involved as an actress, writer, director, and producer. After graduating from the University of Washington she continued to study acting at ACT in San Francisco. While working in the film industry in Los Angeles, Denise appeared in various venues including the Comedy Store. She taught English, drama, video, writing in the public schools, and recently Creating Memorable Characters, a course she created for writers at UW Experimental College in Seattle. She has been a member of Screen Actors Guild, Women in Film, International Television Association, and served on the Board for American Federation of Television and Radio.
Now, she has turned to novel writing. Denise’s first historical fiction, Whiskey Cove, was nominated for the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award, was a staff pick at Third Place Books, and is in its second printing. Whiskey Cove also opened the door to numerous public speaking engagements.
For Orchids of War, the first of a two-part series, Denise draws from her time spent living in San Francisco and Hawaii, plus years of interviews with men and women who served during World War II.
Denise has stood atop five mountain peaks over 14,000 feet, lived aboard one of the old Mosquito Fleet boats on Lake Union, and drank Scotch with Katharine Hepburn. She and her husband reside in Seattle. Denise enjoys being on the water, lived aboard one of the old Mosquito Fleet boats on Lake Union, and loves her row boat. She and her husband spend time at Hood Canal and reside in Seattle.
In Orchids of War, her second novel, she takes on controversy. Read this recent interview to pique your interest.
Orchids of War By Denise Frisino
Book Publishers Network, $19.95
Orchids of War by Denise Frisino is an intriguing historical novel that instantly takes readers back to World War II. A time when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. The attack was completely unseen. This caused a great a fear and an intense dislike towards the Japanese Americans. A young woman struggles with her growing interest with the Japanese culture while her father doesn’t like it. Denise Frisino has beautifully captured the love and respect of some Japanese and the hostility towards others. Families split and others are united. The difficulty to embrace a culture that has suddenly attacked one’s country leaves a foul taste in one’s mouth. However, the story takes on a journey that every reader will enjoy. Trial, betrayal, and love are all a huge part of this historical novel.
Orchids of War shows both the beauty and the ugliness of the war. World War II has just begun and so many changes have occurred for one family. The fear and bravery of the sons and fathers who served in the military during this time are shown great honor in this read. I love anything that depicts a realistic viewing of the World War II time period and Orchids of War does just that. Denise Frisino is a talented writer. Her story will keep readers on the edge of their seats as they wait for what happens next. Overall, I highly enjoyed reading this new title and look forward to reading the next book by Denise Frisino in the future. I highly recommend this novel to readers everywhere.
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If you are lucky enough to hear her speak in person, be sure you attend. She shares her research in ineresting ways! I also encourage you to purchase a copy of her book from your favorite bookseller and pass on her information. Your friends will be excited to know about her latest novel, Orchids of War.
For blogs and videos of the men and women she interview for Orchids of War and a alist of some of the books she used for research, please go to her author’s web page: www.denisefrisino.com
Denise welcomes your questions, comments, and reviews.