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. She then attended the University of Utah, and in 2018 she received her master’s degree in Environmental Humanities. Francesca has written articles for The Wayfarer, Oregon Wild, 350PDX, and the Oregon Sierra Club. She now lives in the Portland area and continues to write environmentally-themed novels.
Francesca’s 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.
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-adult category at both the 2016 USA Best Book Awards and the 2016 Foreword Indies Book of the Year Awards. Her newest book, The Seas of Distant Stars, will be released in August 2018.