December 7, 2019

Could not have asked for a nicer day for the annual Museum of the Islands open house and sale.


October 12, 2019

Another Indie Author Day on the books. This one was held at the new Bonita Springs Library with 27 authors in attendance.

October 13, 2018, was Indie Author Day. I organized an informal book sale and signing to celebrate the occasion. The Alliance for the Arts in Fort Myers generously allowed us to set up during its weekly GreenMarket. A total of 24 authors participated. Here are some photos.







First annual Matlacha Reading Festival on March 10, 2018, was cut a little short by rain but fun nonetheless.



December 2, 2017

For the second year, I was one of the featured authors at the Beacon of Hope Holiday House event. In the second book of my Calusa Town Tales, Southern Hospitality, my heroine Kate and some of the other characters start a remarkably similar social service agency in their town. Funny how art imitates life.


October 14, 2017

Author Fran Thomas takes part in Lovegrove-hosted Indie Author Day (10-27-17) by Tom Hall

Fran Thomas 2017 AOne of the authors taking part on October 14 in Indie Author Day at Lovegrove Gallery & Gardens was Fran Thomas.

Fran Thomas lives full-time in St. James City and is a former editor of the Pine Island Eagle. She recently worked at Florida SouthWestern State College with first year students creating and facilitating workshops to teach them success skills. Her book Average to Awesome: How to Ace Your First Year in College Exercising Your Emotional Intelligence is available as an Fran Thomas 2017 CE-book (Kindle) for free. One Amazon reviewer gave the book five stars and said, “If I had read this book during my college years, I would’ve been a more productive student.”

This past September, Thomas released Island Dreams, the third book in her Calusa Town Tales series, which is set in a quirky Florida town that bears a striking resemblance to Pine Island.

Although I’m not a native Pine Islander, I have lived here for 20 years and was once the editor of the Eagle,” Thomas told on September 27. “I’ve seen a lot of events unfold, so I have plenty of material to use as a starting point. Then I just embellish the details a wee bit.”

TFran T 1he inaugural book in the Calusa Town Tales series is The Lady is a Mayor, a novella that is available free of charge on Kindle. It’s a romantic comedy about a woman named Geneva Price who finds herself in charge of the small town of Calusa when its mayor disappears in the middle of the night. Geneva soon finds herself embroiled in a dispute between townsfolk who want to preserve the ecology and business people who are determined to save the town from economic ruin. A hotel developer with good hair might be the answer to her prayers in more ways than one, but first Geneva has arrange a truce between the local ecologists and economists.

Fran T 321In the middle of these two stories is Southern Hospitality.

All three novellas are playful stories with satisfying endings that Fran hopes will relieve the overabundance of stress so prevalent in today’s society. Each book offers a light-hearted look at life in a small town and includes G-rated romance.

Not only does Fran have a degree in English Literature, she’s read thousands of romances and edited a bunch more. So she has ample material to keep the series going for the foreseeable future.

Indie_authorsOctober 2016

Left to right: John Mills, Carol Ervin, Fran Thomas in front; Leoma Lovegrove, Mike Silberg, Tom Hall in back (photo by Ed Franks)

Read about it here.


April 2016

Left to right: Fran Thomas, J. D. Daniels in front; S. P. Kopko, Mitch Grant, Dave Henderson, James Lee Voris in back (photo by Ed Franks)

Read about it here.