December 31, 2008

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                AT 2008 DIY BOOK FESTIVAL

Heathsville, VA - A local writer received an unexpected gift the day after Christmas when he discovered he had won a national award. The news came when the 2008 DIY Book Festival, based in Los Angeles, California announced the winners of its seventh annual program. Taking top honors in the fan fiction genre was the novel MONKEY by Frank Mosco, a resident of Northumberland County. According to the festival PR, the honors celebrate the success of independent authors and publishers, but receiving a book award also helps create a successful book, which makes the belated Christmas gift that much more satisfying.

The 2008 DIY Book Festival considered thousands of entries in non-fiction, fiction, biography/autobiography, children's books, and other genres. Entries had to have been published on or after Jan. 1, 2006 in English and been issued by an independent publishing house. Submitted works were judged by a panel of industry experts based on the criteria of general excellence and the author's passion for telling a good story. Genre category winners receive a combination of books, software, and cash prizes as well as a great deal of prestige. The honors are to be given at the 2008 DIYBF awards ceremony held in February 2009 as part of the annual DIY Convention in Los Angeles. The 2008 DIY Convention is a gathering of independent film, music, book and digital media professionals culled from winning entrants to the DIY Music, DIY Film, and DIY Book festivals. The invitation-only events feature networking salons, film screenings and intimate dinners with working industry professionals. Winners also have their books featured at other events such as the San Francisco and New York book festivals.

Mosco's award winning fan fiction novel, Monkey, is a 1933 period action/adventure professing to expose the true story behind the legend of King Kong, except with a surprising mix of colorful characters such as a Chinese Rhodes Scholar, an Australian girl Rambo, a jungle boy unknowingly prone to profanity, an Irish poet, a tribe of alcoholic natives, and an Ivy League rough and ready Princeton University rugby team. Toss in a tall ship, a few hundred cannibals, a number of Jurassic surprises, the search for a fortune in diamonds, and you have an award winning adventure novel that's hard to put down. Oh, did we mention a very large gorilla with a few personality quirks - and of course, a very surprising end twist.

The book began as a screenplay that was also written by Frank Mosco based on a story premise he developed along with his son, Daniel. Their movie proposal was eventually overshadowed by the now famously successful Peter Jackson production remake of King Kong, and though the new movie arguably included a surprising number of similarities to the Mosco team's shopped around original script that predated Jackson's work, no legal action was taken. Not to be discouraged, however, Mosco decided to convert the film script that took him only 6 days to write, to book form, a process that took only 10 days. The rest, as they say, is history. The book has become the first in a series of what will be know as the Crimson Glory Adventures, a name taken from the three masted barkentine featured in the book.

   "Novels shouldn't be that easy or that much fun to write," said Mosco. "My first took three years and my latest, coming out in a few weeks, has taken nearly five. But then good old Kong has been with me all my life and it was something I always wanted to do. It's not actually a Kong book, but more a sequel story sparked by the 1933 movie as demonstrated in the prologue where I relegate the original movie to a fantasy making my book's story the reality. So, in a way, I guess it's really taken half a century to create. To me the book and the award is more a compliment and tribute to the original Kong creator, Marion Cooper, demonstrating how something created well can still have life after all this time. The book has never generated a negative response from anyone I know who has read it so I guess I did something right. A great little book and lots of fun."

(Monkey, by Frank Mosco, Quillquest Books, available in hardcover and paperback.)


Frank Mosco also noted that the timing of the award notice could not have been better in that it coincides with the announcement of the release of his latest novel, The Last Ghostrider. This his most challenging book to date is generating an active buzz and glowing reviews by the very readers for which it was written. The author points out that though this extensive book is considered a fiction for literary purposes it is largely inspired by and based on real characters, places, and events he encountered while serving with the famed 189th Assault Helicopter Company Ghostriders in Vietnam. In this novel the humor is extreme as is the drama, lifting and dropping the emotions of the reader much like the flights of the choppers and crews he writes about. 

   "Serving in the military is often a comedy of errors," said the novelist. "And it can even come close to being a circus, except wrapped in the ever present reality of fear and death. I wanted to express that. Though it was often fun to write, Ghostrider was also a very hard book to write, occasionally even painful. Sometimes writing can be emotional." 

The book chronicles a young man's three-year enlistment and his coming of age through his experiences during the Ghostriders last year of existence. It takes the reader from the States to the highlands of Vietnam and into Cambodia with the 5th Special Forces, Special Ops teams, CIDG, ARVN, and others. His chopper war also takes the reader up against North Vietnam's finest forces through the siege of Dak Seang and the Cambodian incursion of 1970. Whether exposing the humor among friends or the conflicts and tensions among the races, Mosco fills his literary canvas with things that could only come from experience.

At the author's request the book was reviewed by active and retired combat veterans who have generated praises such as, "amazingly timeless," "emotionally challenging," "the Catch-22 of Vietnam," and "honest to a fault," as well as comments such as,

"...a compelling journey, riveting in its ability to grasp the reader's attention and hold it."

"It takes you there and holds you, forcing you to remember what you loved and hated about the war."

"...will make the reader feel the emotion and intensity of the situation, visualize the hazardous terrain of II Corps, and understand those emotions that can only be experienced by the individual soldier in combat."

"When I thought it couldn't get any funnier it did and I f...... laughed till I cried, then the writer hit me like a freight train with the reality of the war, reminding me we were just kids in uniform putting our life on the line."

(Reading The Last Ghostrider) " like having your finger on the trigger of a revolver loaded with memories and emotions! A Soldier's war... buried within a country's war..."

"Ghostrider possesses an uncanny insight into the soul of young soldiers, revealing their innocence, susceptibility, and lethality."

Mosco's novels include, The Whitemoon Crisis, (suspense/fiction), Cane's Gate (a junior action/adventure/fiction available Spring '10), and, The Last Ghostrider (military/Vietnam War/fiction, available January '09). The books can be found on, Barnes & and most other book selling websites.

(Author's quotes were taken from an interview conducted by B. Cross, 12/29/08, Quillquest Publishing Co. All material in this news release may be used for publication.)

The 2008 DIY Book Festival is part of the DIY Convention: which also produces the DIY Film Festival and the DIY Music Festival. The 2008 DIY Book Festival is sponsored by the Larimar St. Croix Writer’s Retreat, The Hollywood Creative Directory; eDivvy, Shopanista, Westside Websites and The DIY