Frankie Hogan is an American writer, director, and filmmaker. He is a founder and principal partner of Corner Prophets Production Company, a film production company started in 2012, and the company controller for a Los Angeles-based international interior design firm.
Q: What’s inside the mind of a Travel author?
A: I want to bring you to these places. I want you to realize how accessible they are in today’s world and give a taste of what these lands have to offer. History, nature, and nightlife drive me. Livin’ includes a Thanksgiving dinner buffet’s worth of all three. Whether you dig on exploring a 4000-year-old pyramid of a pharaoh or hiking in the Amazon rain forest or stopping at an Amsterdam coffee shop, you’ll find all of these places in Livin’: From the Amsterdam Red Light to the African Bush.
Q: Tell us why readers should buy Livin’: From the Amsterdam Red Light to the African Bush.
A: If you are a vicarious traveler who dreams of far-off lands or someone waiting for a kick in the ass to stamp more countries on your passport, Livin’ is the book for you. I took some trips formed from childhood dreams and other trips formed from reading National Geographic. The book is the story of a globe-hop, not by a biologist or a mountain climber, but by an everyman. I stopped getting in my own way and went for it. Livin’ is the story of the ride, the road, and the reward.
Q: What makes a good Travel Book?
A: I think any vanilla travel book can give you a list of sites or places to eat. A good travel book takes you there and makes you feel the context. Livin’ includes the good, the bad, and the ugly. It doesn’t cherry-pick. It lays out the true, nonfiction experience. At least that’s what I shot for.
Q: Where can readers find out more about you and your work?
A: The book website is www.livintravelbook.com. You can also follow the book on Instagram (@livinfh5) or on Facebook (Livin’ by Frankie Hogan).
Q: What has writing taught you?
A: Explore your passions. I write spec scripts in Hollywood, and Livin’ is my first crack at book-writing, but the two types of writing have one thing in common: The subject matter galvanizes and consumes me. I’ve been offered the opportunity to write for TV as part of a writers’ room, but ten writers arguing over character development within pre-designed plots, on a deadline, doesn’t jive with the reasons I write. That sounds like a job. Fuck that. I write to share the fire I have for a story.