Welcome to my website!                                     

If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn't brood I'd type faster...Isaac Asimov         

WoW! My screenplay, FIVE DAYS FOUR NIGHTS, won         

Semifinalist - 2021 Big Apple Film Festival Screenplay Competition
Quarterfinalist  - 2021 Screencraft Drama Competition













My short story, "The Dreamkeeper's

Testimony," is featured in the  August 2021,

100th issue of THE BARCELONA REVIEW, a terrific 

international literary journal of fiction.  Here's the link 

to this dystopian fantasy: http://www.barcelonareview.com/

Whoa! What a photo they did for the story. But it's perfect!








Sorry for showing my age with a Grateful Dead reference,

but what a LONG STRANGE TRIP we've all been on these

these last four years.  My solution?  Write, write, write. 

And then write more.  I've had this website for a few

years, but now I've decided to write an occasional post

and occasionally publish some of my shorter creative

work, mostly after it's already been published elsewhere.  

To read it, click this:  NEW BLOG  or click on the blog tab



I started writing when I was twelve, but it wasn't until completing a masters in psychology 25 years later that I had an idea for a novel.  Since then there have been three novels (well really six but only three were published), including A Reasonable Madness (Birch Lane/Signet). Flight (Dutton/Signet) and Saving Elijah (Putnam), All three books got amazing reviews, as you can see on this page, where I've posted some lovely words of praise from the critics. All my novels have been translated into other languages, and optioned

numerous times for films, sometimes by famous actresses, including Emma Thompson and Isabella Rossellini.

I've been working on screenplays and plays recently, including a script I just finished for a feature film based on one of my plays, FIVE DAYS FOUR NIGHTS.  I'm quite excited about this one.  In the right hands, it would make a beautiful film - a drama and true to life romance.  I've also published many essays, articles, and poetry in a variety of lit journals and other publications including McSweeneys, The Muse, Ars Medica, Forbes, Bottom Line, and American Writers Review. 

None of my novels has (yet) become a film, although a few years ago a German producer  optioned A Reasonable Madness, and I teamed up with a WGA-nominated screenwriting partner, Christopher Carlson, to adapt the book for a film, with our script then translated into German.  It will be called "Die Totdenkerin," as the book in German was, and we believe it will be fascinating edge-of-the-seat psychological thriller, a la Hitchcock or DePalma.  Totdenkerin means, "The Death Thinker." We're also developing my third novel, "Saving Elijah" as a drama series for television. It's a cross genre family drama/ghost story/thriller that draws an audience in but still expresses the essential psychological truths at the core of that novel, and the profound personal experience of losing my son that inspired it.  (Go to  the  PLAYS/SCREENPLAYS tab for the full story on all my screenplay and play projects). 


I'd say all my major works (novels, plays and screenplays) are about the same thing:   Human beings in psychological conflict with their inner demons.   It's not a coincidence that I'm also a clinical social worker and psychotherapist.  (For that Fran, go to: www.frandorf.com,

What to do on my website....


On the pages of this website you'll find all the writing details.    Look around.   Browse my current writing projects.  Buy my books if you want.  If you happen to be a producer, contact me to produce my theatrical and screenwriting work, including now three full length plays, several screenplays and a teleplay.  If you have questions, or you're just interested in my work, write to me at:  frandorf1@gmail.com or to my agent, Marta Praeger, mprfda@gmail.com.   Here are a few more LOVELY WORDS from reviews of my books and screenplaysl 











A powerful imagination


Fiercely compelling                                       Riveting

Cuts to the bone                


    Infallibly accurate


 Poignant          Layered

Vivid and rich            Searing

Skillful            Tough-minded

Saving Elijah


"A stunning novel that crackles with suspense, dark humor, and provocative questions. With sharply emotional description and unerring domestic dialogue, Dorf turns a family tragedy into a spellbinding novel of psychological suspense, and meditates, with honesty and insight, on the nature of parental love and responsibility."

                           (Publisher’s Weekly, starred review)


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