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Francesca G. Varela was raised in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. She graduated from the University of Oregon in 2015 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 Envision: Environmental Journalism and The Ecotone Journal of Environmental Studies. Since graduating, she’s written articles for Oregon Wild, 350PDX, and the Oregon Sierra Club, and she is currently attending the University of Utah in pursuit of a master’s degree 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, figure skating, walking her dog, Ginger, and exploring Oregon’s wild places. To find out more about her, visit the blog.
Francesca’s 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 notable book at the 2016 Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Awards. It was also a finalist in the young author category at the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and in the young-