Francesca G. Varela was raised in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. She graduated from the University of Oregon in 2014 with  a major in environmental studies and a minor in creative writing. During her time at UO, Francesca had pieces published in  campus publications including The Ecotone Journal of Environmental Studies and Envision: Environmental Journalism. Since graduating, she’s written articles for Oregon Wild, 350PDX, and the Oregon Sierra Club, and is currently attending the University of Utah in pursuit of a master’s in environmental humanities.

Her dream of becoming an author began in third grade, and her writing career had an early start; she had a poem published in the 2002 edition of The Anthology of Poetry by Young Americans. When not writing or reading, she spends her time practicing piano and violin, figure skating, walking her dog, Ginger, and exploring Oregon’s wild places.  To find out more about her, visit the blog.

Her debut novel, Call of the Sun Child, was a finalist in the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and won a bronze medal for Best First Book at the 2014 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards. Her second novel, Listen, was honored as a finalist in the young-adult category at the  2016 USA Best Book Awards.

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