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Tam Francis

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Tam Francis writes cross genre 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. All of which make appearances in her stories.  

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.

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Tam Francis I'm working working on the last book in the Jitterbug Dress series, "Dances in the Dark" which is in final edits.

Also done and in editing stage is so…more
I'm working working on the last book in the Jitterbug Dress series, "Dances in the Dark" which is in final edits.

Also done and in editing stage is something a little different: Person in Progress: a 1980s Travel Adventure, much like that of "The 100 Foot Journey,"" Eat Pray Love," or "Wild." Which is currently being considered by several agents!

I've also started two different dystopian novels (which I've always wanted to write--I LOVE Margaret Atwood, Ray Bradbury, and Neil Shusterman). One incorporates my love of vintage in a unique way, and the other is just different and very YA!

I'm submitting chapters of both to the critique group to see which I should pursue first. What do you think?(less)
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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“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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“Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.”
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