Meryl Franzos is a late bloomer to the writing game, infact, she was thirty-two when she finally took up the pen and set it to paper. But prior to that pivotal moment, she was out there, in the trenches of life, learning things the hard way, making a lot of messes and finding herself the butt of many an awkward situation including: being tied to a tree by a donkey, and being black-listed by a Wigwam Motel in California.
In 2003, Meryl graduated with a bachelor’s degree in fine art from Hope College. She has worked as an improvisational comedian, a commercial model and actress, and as a fashion design assistant for Anna Sui in New York City. The wild river of life eventually washed her up onto the shores of a fine art and antiques auction house in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she spent 7 fascinating years selling anything of value, from Tiffany lamps to a smelly shrunken head. These days she works as a secretary with a bespoke schedule, chasing that perfect work/write balance. She also writes and sometimes illustrates a fashion blog over at www.mrsfranzos.blogspot.com
Though salty at heart, the empathetic nature of writing and keeping company with interesting characters has kept Meryl's mind young and open. Though she says she enjoys “all things in moderation,” Meryl has grown to appreciate the slightest of preferences in her old age. She prefers whiskey to vodka, amphetamines to coffee, and rabbit holes to pigeon holes. Meryl is happily married to Pittsburgh photographer and filmmaker, Joshua Franzos, and they are the adoring owners of two "Jag" Russell terriers. She is currently editing her debut novel, The Pathos of Things.
Meryl is most drawn to quirky and flawed characters that are searching for something. She also really enjoys investigative journeys, richly described landscapes, and storylines with irony and a lot of psychological vulnerability. Some of her favorite authors include: L.M. Montgomery, Stephen King, Jane Austen, Donna Tartt, Ann Radcliffe, Elizabeth Kostova, Ruth Ozeki, Chuck Palahniuk, Frances Hodgson Burnnett, Hunter S. Thompson, C.S. Lewis, Charles Bukowski, J.K. Rowling, and Mary Shelley.
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