Tom Franklin is a best-selling, award-winning American writer from Dickinson, Alabama. He is currently an associate professor in the MFA program at University of Mississippi. He is considered a diverse Southern writer of several genres, including crime fiction, mystery and literary fiction. Franklin’s wife, Beth Ann Fennelly, is an American poet and prose writer. She also works at Ole Miss and is the Poet Laureate of Mississippi. They met at the University of Arkansas MFA program.
Franklin put himself through college at University of South Alabama, after his father cut off his tuition because of bad grades. To pay for school, he worked in a wide range of places: in a warehouse, at a plant that made sandblasting grit and at a chemical plant where he cleaned up hazardous waste. He also worked in a morgue, a job that was unpopular, but one he enjoyed because of the stories he heard.
When asked about his writing, Franklin responded,
I’m a very happy person and very lucky with my life, my wife and my children, but when I’m writing I find conflict interesting and it goes to dark places for me. I’m interested in the shadowy part of humans. If I try to write against the dark, it feels false.
Awards include the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Crime Writers’ Association Golden Dagger Award.
Books by Tom Franklin:
Mississippi Noir (2016)
The Titled World (2013) – co-written with his wife, Beth Ann Fennelly
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter (2010)
Smonk or Widow Town (2007)
Hell at the Breech (2003)
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