About the Author:

Francine-Paino_cmprTo Live and Die for Dance, Ms. Paino’s first novel was the winner of a 2011 Purple Dragonfly Book Award, as well as Honorary Mention in the Hollywood Book Festival and Millennium Book Contest.

Mama’s Little Lady, A Special Pony, the story of a handicapped pony’s efforts to be accepted by the other ponies on the farm and the damages of bullying  also won a Purple Dragonfly award.

Ivan’s Double Life, a 1997 short story won first place in California’s Foster City Writers’ Contest.

NON-Dance Stories

“Supermarket Nightmare,” injects humor into everyday situations and appeared in the February 2015 issue of Funny Times. 
Mama’s Little Lady, A Special Pony, a children’s book published in 2012, focuses on the damage of bullying. It received an award from the Purple Dragonfly Contest.

“An Unwelcome Image” a dark psychological mystery appeared in the December 2015 edition of Over My Dead Body, an online mystery magazine.

She now has two non-fiction works in progress, including a memoir of life in the small Italian American ghetto of Corona, New York in the 1950s and 60s.

Ms. Paino’s newest book. I’m Going to Kill That Cat! is written under the pseudonym, F. Della Notte. For more information go to