Sunday, November 22, 2009

Interview With Frank McKinney

Dead Fred, Flying Lunchboxes, and the Good Luck Circle

How will the new kid in town, Ppeekk (“Peekie”), age 13, fight the evil forces of a 50 million-year-old bus-sized shark called Megalodon who is determined to take over the underwater world of High Voltage?

With the help of a magic good luck circle, a royal talking fish, King Frederick the Ninth (nicknamed Dead Fred); Ppeekk’s two new friends, a geeky boy named Quatro and his mouthy kid sister, Mini Romey; and a whole host of sea creatures . . . that’s how.

Ppeekk’s first day at a new school takes her on a walk through a nature preserve, where she encounters a strange dwarf working with a construction crew: “He puffed on a pipe and blew perfect smoke rings that seemed to hang in the air,” his piercing blue eyes and soothing voice chanting:

“Waves of Smoke

And Fish that Sing

Silvery, Shimmery,

Glittery Wings,

Step and Dance

Within the Ring,

Look to See,

What Dreaming Brings.”

Ppeekk’s adventure of a lifetime is about to begin.

Dead Fred, Flying Lunchboxes, and the Good Luck Circle is packed full of under-sea adventure, suspense, mystery, and magic. Author Frank McKinney got the idea for Dead Fred on the way to his daughter’s school. He says, “I have personally walked my daughter Laura to school over 1,200 times (she has never been driven). Imagine the stories, games, and adventures we have schemed and experienced since pre-kindergarten (she is in 6th grade now) as we walked through a dense forest, past a nature preserve, and over an old drawbridge every single school day of her life!”

McKinney has definitely captured the essence of being young. His characters are what any adolescent would love to be: courageous, smart, adventurous, and, most of all, likeable.

Frank McKinney is indeed a bit of an enigma. He’s written five books, all of which have become international bestsellers. He’s an extreme risk-taker, a philanthropist, a real-estate “artist,” and a visionary, all without any previous training. To see another example of Frank’s success, look at Acqua Liana (, the world’s largest and most opulent certified green home, covering over 15,000 square feet and costing $29 million dollars.

How does he do it?

Frank says, “Success is sharing your blessings with those less fortunate. It is applying the wonderful life mantra, regardless of your religious preference, the biblical passage from the Gospel of Luke (12:48): ‘To whom much is entrusted, much will be expected.’ I believe in exercising your risk threshold like a muscle; eventually it will become stronger and able to withstand greater pressure. Never lose the little girl or boy inside. Once you do, all creativity dies, and it is ingenuity and artistry that are rewarded in life today. That is the reason I wrote Dead Fred, Flying Lunchboxes, and the Good Luck Circle from my tree house office!”

With the success of Dead Fred, Flying Lunchboxes, and the Good Luck Circle, I ask Frank, is there a sequel in his future? He said, “As I am contemplating the sequel, I am asking readers to be a part of the new book by submitting their ideas for new characters and a new villain to;

In addition, Frank also reminds us to “be sure to play the ‘three-headed treasure hunt’ when reading Dead Fred, Flying Lunchboxes, and the Good Luck Circle” at:

Dead Fred, Flying Lunchboxes, and the Good Luck Circle is sure to please any adventurer on your list this holiday season. Look for it in bookstores everywhere or online at

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