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Speaker shares writing career

By BOB COUPLAND

Tribune Chronicle

WARREN — After retiring as a high school English and French teacher for 30 years, Francoise ”Fran” Litch of Liberty began a new career of writing books for younger children.

The Trumbull Area Reading Council hosted Litch at a recent gathering.

Litch, a Montreal, Canada, native, said she started writing children’s books and sent out form letters to publishing companies often receiving responses that the companies did not need that genre.

”I love writing. After teaching 16 years in Canada and then in the United States, I now get to write what I love,” she said.

Litch has written 37 books, including several on the ”AmericAnts” series with three age levels for the books about larvae, pip and ants.

She said she created characters for her books that are similar to the behavior and characteristic of the ant such as one being an arrogant ant.

”I would have probably taught younger children if I could but having French as a second language I taught high school,” she said.

While she taught English and French, Litch also has learned Spanish.

”I wanted to be proficient in Spanish as well,” she said.

Litch, who is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, said she is grateful to the Yesenia Orellana, the illustrator of her books.

Kim Gray, a fourth-grade teacher at John F. Kennedy Lower Campus, said the TARC meets twice a year with the next meeting April 30. She said the organization is always looking for authors to be guest speakers. For information, call the school at 330-372-2375.

bcoupland@tribtoday.com

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