Hi, I’m Lucy. Welcome to my online home!

I wrote my first story, a fantasy about a talking cat named Serafina, when I was six. The school bus seat made a good desk, if I sat on the floor, and I slaved over every word in those three paragraphs. Over the years, I found better desks and my stories grew significantly longer.

While trying to figure out how to make a living as a writer, I paid for groceries and car payments with various jobs, including fast food, sewing, bookkeeping, various IT and support positions and network engineering.

I’ve spent the last 25 years writing nonfiction, from articles on insurance to ghostwritten books about ferrets and belly dancing. I eventually gave up my newspaper beats and magazine copyediting to return to my first love, fiction. Specifically romance, from contemporary to fantasy. If it is a love story, I’m so there.

I’m married to my towering Helvetican Hero, who, bless his heart, lets me wear the toolbelt in the family. Together, we’ve raised five late-stage teenagers. I’m a slightly out of control animal lover…our pet list once rose to 29 critters living in the house with the humans: cats, dogs, bunnies, guinea pigs, rats, hamsters, leopard geckos, anoles, and assorted fish. Currently, nine species of wild birds hang out in the urban forest I planted in my front yard. I’m a lifelong horse lover, a fly fisher, landscaper, voracious reader, and house painter. I love Doctor Who, all things vintage, and am a reformed World of Warcraft addict.

I read the encyclopedia for fun as a child. Now I research subjects on the internet just because I can.

And, in case you’re wondering, Lucy Francis is a pseudonym, because my real name is incredibly hard to spell and way too long to fit comfortably on a book cover.

Thanks for visiting!

5 Responses to “Bio”

  1. Nina April 4, 2012 at 5:16 am #

    I stumbled upon your book “Mending Fences” while perusing Amazon for free Kindle books last week, and thought, ‘heck why not, it’s free and the synopisis sounds cute’. I just wanted to say that I LOVED it. It is so difficult to find good, non-smut, character driven, realistic romance novels! I love that you created characters who were actually likeable, yet realistically flawed, and who didn’t hop into bed by the 5th chapter! I love that Victoria was not afraid to hold onto her values and beliefs. You also weren’t afraid to deal with some tough situations, such as abuse, and you also didn’t put in the steroetypical ‘guy saves girl from bad guy’ ending! THANK YOU! And I really appreciated the fact that Victoria had curly hair!! We curly haired ladies just never seem to figure in movies/books as the key lead – way to go on breaking the mold! I can’t wait for your next book! πŸ™‚

    • Lucy Francis April 4, 2012 at 8:42 am #

      Nina, thank you so much! Your note gave me such a boost this morning, right when I needed it. I’m so glad you enjoyed the book. You’re the kind of reader I was hoping to reach! As for Victoria’s awesome hair, I’ve always been jealous of gals with curly hair, because mine is a bit wavy underneath and stick-straight on top. So I made sure Vic got the good stuff πŸ™‚

  2. susan Leech May 30, 2012 at 7:34 am #

    Hi Lucy, I run a small community library to serve my rural area and have a table set up for authors promo items so my visitors can see what is out there to buy. I would love to place some of your items on the table if you care to send me some. I started the library in 2011 and it’s non profit we do not have any late fee either. I donated over 100 of my own personal books to start out and accepted donations from others who were generous to give some of their books. Two months ago I started the table for authors and I know from feedbacks I have helped a few authors already in sales and that is what I want to do. If you care to send items my address is> sue Leech, 1273 Strahan rd.,New Columbia, PA 17856 any questions? Thanks for your time. sue

  3. Mae Clair September 30, 2012 at 9:33 am #

    I got a kick out of your bio. I started writing stories at six also, but my first was about a dog (not a cat) and it couldn’t talk, because it was a ghost, LOL. I found you through Triberr. I’m a new member to Rockin’ Writers and Readers and look forwward to checking out your blog posts!

    • Lucy Francis September 30, 2012 at 11:21 am #

      Lovely to ‘meet’ you, Mae! I’m looking forward to getting to know you and your blog posts, too!

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