Francesca G. Varela

Fiction Writer

Author's Bio

Francesca G. Varela was raised in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. She graduated from the University of Oregon in 2015 with a major in Environmental Studies and a minor in Creative Writing. During her time at UO, Francesca had pieces published in campus publications including Envision: Environmental Journalism and The Ecotone Journal of Environmental Studies. She then attended the University of Utah, and in 2018 she received her master’s degree in Environmental Humanities. Francesca has written articles for The Wayfarer, Oregon Wild, 350PDX, and the Oregon Sierra Club. She now lives in the Portland area and continues to write environmentally-themed novels. Francesca’s dream of becoming an author began in third grade, and her writing career had an early start; she had a poem published in the 2002 edition of The Anthology of Poetry by Young Americans. When not writing or reading, she spends her time practicing piano, figure skating, walking her dog, Ginger, and exploring Oregon’s wild places.

Publications & Prizes

The Seas of Distant Stars (Homebound Publications, 2018)
Listen (Homebound Publications, 2016)
Call of the Sun Child (Homebound Publications, 2014)
Prizes won: 

The Seas of Distant Stars

  • Gold Medal for Science Fiction - 2019 Independent Publisher Book Awards
  • Finalist -  2019 Next Generation Indie Book Awards (Science Fiction)


  • Notable Book - 2016 Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Awards (Young-Adult)
  • Finalist - 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards (Young Author) 
  • Finalist - 2016 Foreword Indies Book of the Year Awards (Young-Adult)
  • Finalist - 2016 USA Best Book Awards (Young-Adult)

Call of the Sun Child 

  • Bronze Medal for Best First Book - 2014 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards
  • Finalist - 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards (Young-Adult)

More Information

Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
Identifies as: 
Latino/Latina/Latinx, White
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, Any, Naturalists/Environmentalists, Teenagers
Born in: 
Phillips Ranch, CA
Raised in: 
West Linn, OR
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Last update: Jun 04, 2019