Frances was born in the United Kingdom. Prior to receiving her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Arizona in 1988, where she wrote for and edited the Arizona Law Review, Frances worked in Colorado as a newspaper reporter. Her commitment to public service led her to work for Southern Arizona Legal Aid and the Native American Tohono O’Odham Advocate Program. She teaches for The Writers Studio Tucson. She writes poetry and fiction, and is presently completing a novel.
Frances' essays have appeared in Arizona Daily Star, Ms. Magazine, The Hill, USA Today and Garnet News. Her "Time Travel" essay appeared in Wanderlust Journal . "Buddha's Post" can be found in Flash Fiction Magazine. She is a contributing author to “World of Criminal Justice,” (2001) “Encyclopedia of Everyday Law,” (2002) “Notable Black American Women,” (2002) and “American Law,” (2003) all published by The Gale Group (Thomson/West).
Frances completed her undergraduate degree cum laude in Humanities, minor in Creative Writing, from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She previously taught Media Law at the University of Arizona Journalism School. She currently teaches at The Tucson Writers Studio. The Writers Studio is a successful writing program based in New York City, founded by Pulitzer Prize winning poet Phillip Schultz.