Welcome to my website!

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

 ...Isaac Asimov


I started writing when I was twelve, but it wasn't until I was completing a masters in psychology twenty-five years later that I had a serious idea for a novel.    "A Reasonable Madness," (Birch Lane/Signet) a psychological thriller revolving around a psychiatrist and his patient was published in hardcover in 1990.   Translated into ten or so languages, it 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.)    My novels, "Flight," (Dutton/Signet) and "Saving Elijah" (Putnam) followed.   All three were widely acclaimed, translated into other languages, and optioned numerous times for films, sometimes by famous actresses, including Emma Thompson and Isabella Rossellini.   

None has (yet) become  a film, although last year a German producer  optioned "A Reasonable Madness," and my WGA-nominated screenwriting partner, Christopher Carlson, and I are updating and adapting the book for a German language film.   We're also developing an English language version of the script for US production.    In the right hands, we believe the film, called "The Multiple," will make a fascinating edge-of-the-seat  psychological thriller, a la Hitchcock or DePalma.  (go to  the CURRENT PROJECTS and/or  NEWS tabs  for the full story)​

In addition to my three novels (well, really six, but only three were published), and the more recent plays and screenplays, I've written and published many articles, essays, and poetry.  I'd say all my major works, even the current theatrical ones, 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, mp@bromasite.com.   Here are a few lovely words from reviews of my books and plays:



A powerful imagination



    Infallibly accurate


 Poignant          Layered

Fiercely compelling

Cuts to the bone                

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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"Tautly effective." Kirkus