Here is a picture of small frank.
FRANK TUPTA (TUP like UP) grew up in a haunted house in Cleveland. His favorite holiday is Halloween. He still dresses up every year. He currently lives in Peninsula, Ohio (a haunted town) surrounded by the Cuyahoga Valley National Park with his wife, children's book author + illustrator Lindsay Ward, their two boys, and Sally, a rambunctious pit-bull\lab mix who keeps things interesting by chasing coyotes in their backyard.
If you'd like to know more about small Frank and the kind of shenanigans he used to get into, read BROBARIANS by his wife, Lindsay. The character Otto is based on him.
Most days you can find Frank writing, walking Sally with his family, driving around on his tractor, or assisting his wife with www.critterlit.com, a website offering free critiques and advice for up-and-coming authors and illustrators.
HERE IS A Frank Timeline.
1946 Highlights Magazine is released.
1958 Danny and the Dinosaur is published.
1970 The Sweet Smell of Christmas is published.
1980 The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash is published.
1984 Born on October 13th. Begin love for all things Halloween.
1984-1988 Danny and the Dinosaur, The Sweet Smell of Christmas, and The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash are read until bindings come a part at the seams.
1985 Slept in haunted house.
1987 Developed fear of basements.
1988 Beetlejuice is created and is subsequently watched until the VHS breaks.
1989 Conquered Hidden Pictures in Highlights Magazines at a doctor's offices all over Northeast Ohio.
1990 Eternal sadness...the 80’s and all of its music and cinema comes to an end.
1997 Wrote and illustrated first picture book, Writings "R" Us. An instant classic.
1999 Survived middle school.
2000 High school begins....
2003 Escaped high school.
2004 Allegheny College. Go Gators!
2007 Bench presses 225 for 30 reps.
2008 NCAA Division 3 Track and Field National Championship | Graduate college | Full-time adulting begins.
2009 Lost in the shuffle for a few years…
2013 Married my best friend.
2014 Search begins for original copies of Danny and the Dinosaur, The Sweet Smell of Christmas and The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash.
2015 Brought a tiny human into the world. | Search ends. Amazon order arrives. | Finished first manuscript. (Busy year!)
2016 Danny and the Dinosaur is found in parent's basement.
2017 Brought another tiny human into the world. Proud papa of two boys.
2018 Sold first manuscript.
Future Always upta something....