Fran Hawthorne spent more than three decades writing award-winning nonfiction, including eight books, mainly about consumer activism and business social responsibility. Ethical Chic: The Inside Story of the Companies We Think We Love (Beacon Press) was named one of the best books of 2012 by Library Journal. In addition, she’s been an editor and writer (staff and freelance) at BusinessWeek, Fortune, The New York Times, and other newspapers and magazines.
Ms. Hawthorne has also been writing fiction even longer than nonfiction (since age four). Her newest novel, I Meant to Tell You (Stephen F. Austin State University Press, November 2022), won second place in the Feathered Quill Book Awards for women's fiction and was short-listed in the Sarton Awards for contemporary fiction, among other honors. It tells how a woman's effort to help a friend kidnap her own daughter ends up unraveling three families' long-held secrets.