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Post Standard - Wednesday December 22, 2010 


Author Writes New Chapter
Heidi Smalling  |  Wayuga Writer

AUBURN – When Frank Cereo was “downsized” from his position as operations manager of Iron Mountain Incorporated in July of 2008, he was able to read the writing on the wall. Cereo took the opportunity to head back to school, and in a twist comparable to those in the local author’s new novel, a college professor’s suggestion has him writing a whole new chapter in his life.
“One of my professors asked me if I’d ever consider writing. She said she looked forward to reading my work and thought it showed potential.” The Auburn author is now at work on his seventh novel. Cereo recently signed books at the holiday craft show at the Cato-Meridian School. Four books are currently in publication: The Promethean Expedition (sci-fi), The Vampire Seduction (horror), Autumn’s Song (romance) and The Horror on the Avalanche Express (horror, mystery).
Cereo’s first three books were self-published through Publish America, but he has since signed with the Strategic Publishing Group. His books are as varied as his interests, ranging from horror to mystery to romance. “I like to try out different genres. I grab on to something that gets my attention, and I’m off. I like to be able to switch it up.” One of his newer projects, Mission of No Return, is aimed more toward younger readers at the request of his two youngest children. He’s currently working on Rest Area, a murder mystery that focuses on a serial killer targeting highway rest stops across the country.
Cereo says he still considers writing a hobby. He’s looking for name recognition, but he’s a realist. In addition to sending out manuscripts he says he routinely mails out five to seven resumes a day; many out of state. “Writing keeps me busy, but the economy is killing me.” Cereo is the married father of five children ranging in age from 25 down to nine. Excerpts of his writing, as well as ordering information for his books is available at www.frankcereo.com

Post Standard - Thursday January 13, 2011

Ormie King's Legends of Auburn: Frank Cereo has the Write Stuff

Today’s legend of Auburn is Frank Cereo and his family. Frank is an aspiring author who has written several books and has several more he intends to pen. What about this legend?

Frank Cereo was born Oct. 25, 1961, at Auburn Memorial Hospital. His mom is the former Mary LoIacono Cereo , who worked with me at Sears for many years. Mary was a great homemaker and a wonderful cook, just like her sister, Angie Faynor.

Mary’s husband was Mike Cereo, now deceased. Mike was a World War II veteran who was a very good bowler, as well as a basketball player for the Roman’s Athletic Club. He worked for the P&R Macaroni Co. Their homestead was on Wall Street, next door to Mr. Pizza for many years.

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Auburn native Frank Cereo with his mother, Mary.

Frank Cereo was the youngest of five boys. They all played and loved sports as well. The oldest is Joe Cereo, who lives in Oklahoma with his wife, the former Barbara Pisano. Joe works in waste water management. Next is John, who has worked at Nucor for 30-plus years, and is married to Marge Koziol. Next is Ricky, who works at Welch-Allyn. His wife is Katherine. Then there is Raymond, who is a sergeant at Auburn Correctional Facility for 25-plus years. His wife is MaryEllen Coghlan.

As a kid growing up, Frank first attended Casey Park School through the fifth grade, went to West Middle through the eighth grade and on to Auburn High, from where he graduated in 1979. He worked at Wegman’s for awhile, and from 1980 to 1986 he worked for Jake Renahan at Schafer News. From 1986 to 2002, he worked for Johnston Paper. He then worked for Iron Mountain in Kingston, N.Y. as an operations manager until 2008 before taking a job as a distribution manager with Ceva Logistics in Albany.

Frank, himself, is a very good athlete as he has been an avid bowler for 40 years and racked up a perfect 300 game, carried a 214 lifetime average and has bowled several 700 game series. He also played city league softball for 20 years and touch football for 15 years.

Frank has been married to Suzanne Falcone for 25 years and they have five children: Michelle, Frankie, Christopher, Victoria and Dominick.

Frank graduated from Cayuga County Community College in 1983, and then took an Empire State College program in business management, from which he graduated in 2008. It was there that a professor, Robin Silverman, changed his whole life. She told him he had a different style in writing that is particulary very interesting in its style as it is very intense. That got him interested in writing and he loves it. He has written four books and more are on the way. Frank said, “I’m the type of person that wants to expand on whatever comes into my head.”

His first book was “Promethean Expedition,” which was a sci-fi about an alternative fuel mission to Saturn, where astronauts encounter bacteria that creates creatures that they battle. It leaves you up in the air at the ending.

His second book is “Vampire Seduction,” which takes place in 1963, and takes place in Auburn, mostly at Alger’s Barn, the footbridge and Hunter’s Diner, which were all the footprints of Frank when he was growing up. He say’s it’s very racy.

His third book is “Autumn Song” about romance and takes place in New York City. It is about a metal rocker, who changes his image and songs. He falls in love with a waitress during the New York Yankees’ 2009 championship run.

Frank’s fourth book is called “The Horror of the Avalanche Express,” which just came out and takes place in 1889 on a runaway train from which the crew and the passengers start to disappear. It will keep you on your toes as it is gripping.

He presently is working on another entitled “The Mission of No Return.”I kiddingly asked him if that means “shopping at Wegman’s during busy times?” Frank said, no, it’s about altering history and going into a time warp. It involves a dropped gun that was discovered and it altered history. Frank also is working on a children’s book called “An Adventure of Mack & Black Jack,” for which Frank’s wife, Suzanne, and daughter, Michelle, did all the illustrations.

If you would like to read any of these books or have information about them, then go to Frank’s website at
frankcereo.com.

To Frank Cereo and family, thank you for being legends of Auburn.

Spartan Spring/Summer 2011

Francis A. Cereo ’83
Frank started writing his first book after receiving encouragement from his professor,
Robyn Silverman, while pursuing a bachelor’s degree at Empire State College. From
the time he graduated from CCC in 1983, Frank held several positions in operations
management; however, it was not until after his graduation from Empire State
College in 2008 that he first became an author.

Since then, he has written four books in varied genres. His first was Promethean
Expedition, a sci-fi story about an alternative fuel mission to Saturn. Vampire
Seduction, his second book which Frank comments is “very racy,” takes place in
Auburn in 1963 and follows a young man who lost his parents as he tries to make his
way through life. His third book, Autumn Song, is a romance that takes place in New
York City between a heavy metal rocker and a waitress during the Yankees
championship run. Frank’s most recent book, The Horror of the Avalanche Express,
takes place on a runaway train in 1889 from which the crew and passengers start to
disappear. Cereo says that he “likes to write for fun” and feels that “with every story
I finish, I’m getting better with a descriptive matter.”

Cereo, the youngest of five brothers, was born in Auburn and grew up on Wall Street.
He played organized baseball and following high school he played city league softball
and football for many years. He has been an avid bowler for the past 40 years and
carries a 219 average. In 1985, Francis married Suzanne M. Falcone ’93. They have
five children: Michelle ’07, Frankie, Christopher, Victoria and Dominick.

Currently, Frank has several manuscripts completed and is in the process of writing
two more books. One of them, a children’s book titled An Adventure of Mack & Black
Jack, is being illustrated by his wife Suzanne and daughter Michelle.

For more information, check out Frank’s website: www.frankcereo.com

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