Fran Kimmel’s writing portfolio includes fiction, newspaper and magazine features, teen magazine columns, radio drama, educational videos, and corporate writing. In 2013, Fran’s debut novel, The Shore Girl, was shortlisted for an Alberta trade fiction award, named a CBC Top 40 Book, and won the Alberta Readers’ Choice Award. Fran’s short stories have appeared in literary journals from coast to coast and have twice been selected for The Journey Prize Stories anthology. Her radio plays and theatre scripts have also won CBC and Scripts at Work awards.
During her career Fran has worked closely with troubled kids, including stints as youth worker and director of a Boys and Girls Club, and these experiences have influenced the characters and storyline in her latest novel, HOW THE BIRD STAYED UPRIGHT.
Fran currently lives in Lacombe, a small town in central Alberta, and serves on the executive for the Writers’ Guild of Alberta Board.