FREDERICK REGENOLD

Reflections by the author:

Strange as it may seem, as a preteen my favorite movies were love stories rather than westerns, horror films, detective stories, adventures and musicals. The relationships between everyday people have always keenly interested me. I use movies as a reference here because reading books was not a pastime by most members of my family.

When I told a ninth-grade English teacher I had no interest whatsoever in diagramming sentences and conjugating verbs, she kept me in after school everyday, virtually wiping out my sports activities, until I became so infuriated that I started studying English grammar just to get back at her...and went to the head of the class. I couldn't stand the sight of that woman then. Now of course I love her. She was an angel in disguise.

About halfway through my four years in the Navy, a sailor who was being discharged gave me a copy of 30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary. That one book changed my life. While attending a night class in English at the University of Hawaii, I wrote a term paper on the English novelist, Thomas Hardy, read his Return of the Native, and fell in love with his work. The instructor gave me an A+ on the paper and told me I should consider writing as a career. I was 21 then, and decided that one day I'd write a novel. It took a few years, but I finally got around to it.

                                                
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           Fred at La Jolla Caves                          At WindanSea Beach

 
                                    WindanSea Beach

 

 

  



 






 

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