Author Archives: Lissa Franz

About Lissa Franz

Lissa Franz is a PEN Discovery Award recipient in fiction and holds an MA in Creative Writing from Boston University. Her short fiction has appeared in Fogged Clarity and Missouri Review. She loves teaching memoir, swimming in open water, and researching anything that has to do with strong women in history. She is currently revising a novel.

My Messy Desk

One of my very favorite books is The Writer’s Desk by Jill Krementz (Random House, 1996). In it, there are black and white photographs of famous writers at their desks. I have never been the kind of writer – to…

Your Research is Showing

Everyone has to do research from time to time. When one reader exclaimed of my early sprawling draft, set in the 1930s and ‘40s: “You sure know a lot about a lot!” I did not take it as a compliment….

Historical Fiction: Leap of Faith

In September 2013 I travelled to Texas to research my novel featuring women flying in World War II. Despite reading nearly every account of The WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) in print, including memoirs and biographies, newspaper clippings, histories of…