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 I
Like many artists during these strange and unprecedented
times, I feel as if I've entered the pages of a frightening
and surreal dystopian novel that's not only affecting the
whole world, it's putting my life (particularly my artist's life)
on hold, with no identifiable end in sight. The world?
Well, the dystopian parallels seems obvious, don't they?
1984? The Handmaids Tale? The Road? Animal Farm?
The Man in the High Castle? All fit, no?
As for my artistic pursuits, how's this for disconcerting?
Due to the pandemic, a reading of my play, FIVE DAYS
FOUR NIGHTS (referenced in the poster on this page), was
cancelled; a potential production of the play seems on
permanent hold; my play agent has gone silent; and weirdly
(though happily), in the middle of all this, my short play,
TIME WARP, won the St. Louis Actors Studio Neil Labute
New Theatre Festival. Unfortunately there won't be a
Labute festival this year, unlike in 2016 when I won this
same prize the first time. I did manage to write a wicked funny monologue, which a wonderful actress named Eileen Lawless brought to life for my theatre workshop audience by zoom. They loved it.
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), as well as many essays, articles, poetry, and recently screenplays and plays.
Translated into ten or so languages, A Reasonable Madness got great reviews, sold about 100,000 copies in America as a Signet paperback, and became a huge bestseller in Germany. (Why Germany I don't know.) But all three novels were widely acclaimed, translated into other languages, and optioned numerous times for films, sometimes by famous actresses, including Emma Thompson and Isabella Rossellini.
None of my novels has (yet) become a film, although a few years ago a German producer optioned A Reasonable Madness, and I've teamed up with WGA-nominated screenwriting partner, Christopher Carlson, to adapt the book for a German language film. Chris and I are also developing an English language version of that script for US production called "The Multiple," and an exciting serial television drama adapted from my third novel, Saving Elijah. "The Multiple," is a fascinating edge-of-the-seat psychological thriller, a la Hitchcock or DePalma, while "Saving Elijah," is a fabulously compelling cross genre family drama/ghost story/thriller that still expresses the essential psychological truths at the core of that novel, and the profound personal experience that inspired it. (go to the CURRENT PROJECTS and/or NEWS tabs for the full story of these two projects).
My articles, personal essays and poetry about a variety of topics have appeared in such diverse publications as McSweeney's, The Muse, Ars Medica, Forbes, Bottom Line, and American Writers Review. I'd say all my major works (the 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: or to my agent, Marta Praeger, firstname.lastname@example.org. Here are a few lovely words from reviews of my books and plays: