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Tam Francis

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Tam Francis writes vintage romantic fiction with a pen in one hand and a vintage cocktail in the other. She has taught swing dancing with her husband for fifteen years and is an avid collector of vintage patterns, vintage clothing and antiques. 

She has published, contributed to, and been Editor-in-chief for two indie magazines – “From the Ashes” (Arts & Literature in the Greater Phoenix area 1990-1994) and “Swivel: Vintage Living” (swing dancing and vintage lifestyle culture 1994-2000) and various small press magazines

She began blogging her dance adventures years ago on Myspace, but started her novel when her husband shipped out for Iraq and she was alone to raise their two small children.

Look for her short story collection: Ghostoria:

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Tam Francis I'm working on a second draft of The Flapper Affair a New Adult paranormal romantic murder mystery and finishing the last few chapters of The Girl in…moreI'm working on a second draft of The Flapper Affair a New Adult paranormal romantic murder mystery and finishing the last few chapters of The Girl in the Jitterbug Dress Hops the Atlantic.

In book two of the Jitterbug Dress series, the parallel story line continues as we return to Violet's world of big band jazz, dance halls and seedy nightclubs. Violet reveals more of her past as a budding songbird in 1940's Los Angeles and early Vegas.

She struggles with how much to share with June and Charles. Will the truth about the murder, the mob and her murky history undue her rekindled relationship and alienate June?

June must choose between the security of her family and friends, vintage shops, and swing clubs, or run off with an international swing boy. Is she running away from a broken heart or running toward a new love? Is the sparkling Lindy Hop star who twirled her around Catalina's historic ballroom worth the risk?

The vintage dance continues.

The manuscript of THE GIRL IN THE JITTERBUG DRESS is currently being considered by several agencies. Keep your fingers crossed!

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Tam Francis Well, I always liked ghost stories, some of my favorite being written by Neil Gaiman, H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe. Eerie unexplained phenomena…moreWell, I always liked ghost stories, some of my favorite being written by Neil Gaiman, H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe. Eerie unexplained phenomena really get me going, and when I moved to Texas there was a fund raiser for the historic Eugene Clark Library (the oldest continuously operating library in Texas). It was a ghost story contest. I entered three years in a row and thought I should just keep going until I had enough stories or a collection.

At the same time, I was querying my Girl in the Jitterbug Dress novel, and writing a sequel, but I love the short story format. So between edits and queries, I continued to write short stories, but tried to try to stay in my niche genre and have the ghost stories contain elements of vintage, music, fashion and dance. It's been a fun and satisfying journey.(less)
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As I finish up the third and last book in my Jitterbug Dress series, I read non fiction for inspiration. Here are my picks for vintage swing non fiction summer reads I recommend for anyone who likes swing, jazz, and history of dance. Babylon Girls: Black Women Performers and the Shaping of the Modern by [...more...]


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“I can't believe that 24 hours ago I was in an Egyptian tomb and now here I am, on the verge of a madcap, Manhattan weekend.”
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“The young can be very lovely, but the faces of the old can be truly beautiful. Every line and fold, every contour and wrinkle of Sister Monica Joan's fine white skin revealed her character, strength, courage, humanity and irrepressible humour.”
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