Fran Cannon Slayton

Slayton - headshot croppedFran Cannon Slayton is the author of the middle grade novel, WHEN THE WHISTLE BLOWS (Penguin/Philomel, 2009). Described by Kirkus as “an unassuming masterpiece,” it was a finalist for state book awards in Virginia, Alabama, Maryland and Indiana, and was chosen to represent Virginia and West Virginia at the 2010 National Book Festival. Fran holds a B.A. in psychology and religious studies and a J.D. from the University of Virginia. A former child sexual abuse prosecutor and legal publisher, she is a frequent presenter at writers’ and teachers’ conferences, schools, and universities. The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities recently awarded Fran a Residential Fellowship, giving her visiting faculty status at the University of Virginia. Besides writing, some of the things that give her great joy are family, friends, community, red velvet cake, and rich, wondrous silence.