The first annual Matlacha Reading Festival was held March 10, 2018. Great crowd but unfortunately shortened by rain. Better luck next year.
Author Fran Thomas takes part in Lovegrove-hosted Indie Author Day (10-27-17) by Tom Hall
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 E-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 PineIsland-Eagle.com 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.”
The 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.
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.