Frank Shapiro






Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.

I graduated in early modern history from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and did post-grad research at Birkbeck College, London University. I am a former high school history teacher of European and Jewish history, and was assistant researcher at the Museum of the Diaspora, Tel Aviv.
I was commissioned by the Council of Zambian Jewry to research the history of the Jews in Northern Rhodesia/Zambia which led to the publication of \”Zion in Africa\”. My next published book, \”Haven in Africa\”, reveals a nexus between Northern Rhodesia and the Holocaust.
My third book is \”God’s Elect\”, which is an exciting contemporary historical suspense story.
My fourth book is \”Eve and Mary: the Search for Lost Beauty and Sensuality\”, which exposes a remarkable discovery leading to unusual historical and cultural revelations. This work is a readable cum travel book encompassing art, Christianity, history and more.
\”The Dating Fantasy\”, is my fifth book, an intriguing novel. The story unravels the protagonist’s unusual past dating experiences which constantly haunt and interchange with the inner web of convoluted intrigue and personal conflicts of the now. My sixth and latest work is \”The Conspiracy against Mary Magdalene\”. an intriguing narrative highlighting how Mary Magdalene, Jesus’ closest companion, was symbolically crucified?
I have lectured frequently on my subjects and have contributed diverse historical articles to newspapers and journals.
I was born in London and live in Israel.

What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?

My latest book is \”The Conspiracy against Mary Magdalene\”. I was inspired to write it in the wake of my research on my previous book, \”Eve and Mary\”. My research took me to southern France where I went in the footsteps of Mary and actually reached her grave site. My research revealed that she was the most important person in the history of apostolic Christianity and was symbolically crucified in an early medieval conspiracy.


Do you have any unusual writing habits?

No. I write best in the morning. Sometimes I get a brainwave during the course of the day and immediately jot down the ideas.


What authors, or books have influenced you?

Umberto Ecco. Ken Follett. Philippa Gregory. Thomas Mann.


What are you working on now?

At the moment I\’m taking time off from writing and working on advertising my books.


What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?

I\’m using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LikedIn and my own website. I cannot say yet what works the best.


Which Websites you like most to promote your book

https://www.facebook.com/fshap64 https://twitter.com/frankshapiro10 https://www.linkedin.com/in/frank-shapiro-196708227/ https://www.instagram.com/frankshapiro8/ https://fshapiro.com

Do you have any advice for new authors?

write, edit, polish…again and again…don\’t give up


What is the best advice you have ever heard?

keep publishing till you get to your fifth book, and then you\’ll be a best seller…this advice kept me writing, I\’ve now finished my sixth book, but I\’m not a best seller.


What are you reading now?

Dan Brown\’s \”Inferno\”


What’s next for you as a writer?

I\’m a historian and so have a number of ideas bubbling in my section of the writing brain


If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?

Old and New Testaments. Mann\’s \”The Magic Mountain\”. Umberto Ecco\’s \”The Name of the Rose\”


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