Meet Frank Hopkins, author of "The Opportunity," "Unplanned Choices," and "First Time: Short Stories."
First Time: Short Stories
First Time is a collection of ten short stories by Frank E Hopkins. While each story has separate characters they are linked by the theme that each story exposes the main character to the first time they experience an event participated in by all. The stories include anticipation of the happiness they expect; the dismay and wonder they feel during the event; and the surprising ending. The collection starts with: Two college freshmen who meet and start a romance in “My First Psych Class”, taught by professors behaving strangely, who appear in need of counseling; “Passages South” – male college students in search of excitement on a trip to Florida during spring break; “Steve’s First Woman" – self-explanatory; “My First Four Days in Sorrento” – romance by a mature man, that perplexes his children; “My First Car” – purchased from a Mafia - connected used car salesman; “My First July 4 Rehoboth Beach Weekend” – parties and misguided fireworks; “The Romance Life Cycle” – danger, danger do not eat yourself out of love; “Santa Claus Stories ” – why do parents lie to their children; “The Last Ski Trip” – two friends offer to introduce a recently divorced man to the single life at Sugarbush, VT, illustrating the validity of the theory of unforeseen consequences. The last story, “My Trip Alone”, relates the bittersweet recollection of a widower who adjusts to his wife’s death earlier by revisiting their favorite fall trip to see the autumn foliage in the mountains of West Virginia.
Frank Hopkins attended Hofstra University in the 1960s. He became involved in writing while earning his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Maryland. He held the position of associate professor at the State University of New York at Binghamton in the 1970s, where he published numerous academic peer refereed journal articles and a monograph on industrial location. He continued technical writing while working at the Department of Energy in the late 1970s and as a government and business development consultant since 1980. While at the Department of Energy he started the publication, Short-Term Energy Outlook, which is still published by DOE. He moved to Ocean View, Delaware, in 2001 where, as a consultant, he managed or participated in writing large winning proposals in response to federal government solicitations. Unplanned Choices, Frank’s first novel, is a historical romantic drama set in the late 1960s and early 1970s in New York City and Long Island during the turbulent period of the Vietnam War, the sexual revolution, the women’s movement, and the struggle for legalizing abortion. The Opportunity is Frank’s second novel. It is a suspenseful crime novel set in the high powered competitive environment of federal governmental contracting in Washington DC and the high paced professional networking social life of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware in the beginning of the twenty-first century. Frank is active in the Rehoboth Bay Writers Guild, the Eastern Shore Writers Association and the Berlin chapter of the Maryland Writers Association, He participates in its writers critique group in all three organizations. His website may be found at: http://www.frankehopkins.com His Facebook profile is http://facebook.com/hopkinsfe and http://www.facebook.com/frankehopkinsauthor is his author page In addition to writing, he plays golf and tennis, skis, sails on the Chesapeake Bay, and enjoys the ocean and inland bays of southern Delaware.