About the Author
S. J. Francis was born to be a writer, but not until the teens did writing take over. Always ready to take on any writing project when assigned one as a child, Francis wasn't aware, yet that it was a love for writing burning within the soul that welcomed the projects. It all started with the publication of one short story that had been rejected so many times, that Francis lost count that the writing bug awakened. S. J. Francis is a long time freelance writer, a Professor, bibliophile, and most recently, a novelist. Writing keeps Francis sane even when life around isn't. An active voice for causes that involve animals, and military veterans, Francis is never at a loss to help others, especially the underdog, cat, and other writers. Francis currently teaches classes in English, Creative Writing, Media Communications and Law. Recently promoted to head of the English Department, Francis now also teaches classes in Novel Writing.
With over three hundred publication credits, Francis writes for many publications, as well as regularly contributing to local newspapers. Francis' background also encompasses working as a television producer. When not writing Francis can be found reading a good book, or spending time in the outdoors. As in all the stories Francis writes, in the end, good or bad, it's all about family.
Francis grew up in New York City. Born and bred. Yes, Francis lives in Mississippi. True again. Friends and family are still in disbelief and continually ask why: Of all the places you’ve lived and visited in the world, why Mississippi? The two places are so far apart; not just in miles but in attitudes. True. It’s different down here. It’s a whole new way of life with a different pace: Slow and laid back. There is no fast food in Mississippi and and not just meaning literally. If you’re looking for fast and hurried; you need to go elsewhere, New York City for one, but there’s a peace and serenity that accompanies it too. People are more at ease down south and it shows in their attitude.
"I hate to sound cliché, but people down south, for the most part are friendlier. Mississippi is a beautiful place. Outside of Hawaii, I don’t think one could find a place lusher and greener than it is here. There are flatlands and there are hills. It is home to the Delta and home to the blues. Now, don’t get me wrong, there are lots of beautiful places in this country, in this world, but for me, now, Mississippi is where I choose to be. And they have graciously accepted me. Besides, I may have been born a Yankee, but I’ve always been a rebel at heart. Go against the flow is my creed. It’s so easy to follow others. Standing alone when others turn away is the difficult thing to do. I’ve never been one to just follow the crowd. Being an individual is important; being oneself even more so. Why copy others when you can be you? Each one of you is unique. Never forget that. What can I say? I am who I am and that is what I am. "