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finalist in contemporary fiction


finalist in literary fiction

finalist in general fiction



finalist in contemporary novel

finalist in women's fiction



2d place, Women's Fiction

3d place, Adult Fiction


finalist for literary and contemporary fiction


Live Chat on Reddit


Authority Magazine

Fran Hawthorne: Second Chapters; How I Reinvented Myself in the Second Chapter of My Life

(TIDBIT: What quote from Edith Wharton inspires me?)

Dear Reader

“What My Hair Taught Me”

(TIDBIT: I won't pretend that undergoing chemo for breast cancer made me a better, more sensitive person)

The Enlightenment podcast with Lauri Schoenfeld

New Books Network podcast with G.P. Gottlieb


“Five Ways to Set the Scene Quickly and Subtly”

WOW! Women on Writing

The Muffin's Friday Speak Out: Never Say "She Saw"​​

Write or Die Tribe

"How I Research my Novels...By Running"

(TIDBIT: Exploring Brooklyn NY for crucial scenes in I Meant to Tell You )

New Books in Literature podcast


Hasty Book List

​Books Coming Out in November

Women Writers, Women's Books

How a Luddite Learned To Love Instagram

(TIDBIT: Will I dare try Facebook next?)

Chick Lit Central

Connecting with Fran Hawthorne

(TIDBIT: ​Jennifer Lawrence as Miranda in the movie version? But what role would Olivia Colman play? or Channing Tatum?)

Turning Readers into Writers podcast with Emma Dhesi

​​​Literary Prospects podcast with Kelley Vick

"The best novels about ordinary (sometimes conflicted) people drawn into social activism"

(TIDBIT: What do Jennifer Haigh, Nathan Hill, and Ruth Ozeki have in common?)

Story Circle Network

“Can a Journalist Really Write Fiction?”

The Writer's Story podcast with Meredith Cole and Kristin Swenson

Focused on Writing podcast with David Edward

Novel Network

“My Four Book Clubs”

Online for Authors podcast with Teri M. Brown​

Neon Woman podcast with Chloe Ings

Authors Answer

Book Q&As with Deborah Kalb

Hasty Book List 

“25 Authors and What They’re Thankful For”

(scroll down to the 4th little profile)

#badasswriters podcast with Kathleen Foxx

DIY MFA podcast with Gabriela Pereira

Women Writers, Women's Books

Authors Interviewing Characters: Fran Hawthorne

Authors Over 50 podcast with Julia Daily

Lisa Haselton Book Reviews & Interviews

Interview with contemporary fiction author Fran Hawthorne

Story Circle Network

"I'm Listening"

Law You Should Know WHPC Radio 90.3 FM with Ken Landau

Stirred by Words podcast with Chrissy Holm

Online for Authors podcast with Teri M. Brown

​​WOW! Women on Writing.

The Muffin's Friday Speak Out: When Your Setting Is a Famous City That Readers Think They Know (But They Don't)


​"...complex, evocative and nuanced....the richly-drawn characters in I Meant To Tell You are both wholly human and wholly believable; humor and pathos seamlessly intertwine in this resonant and revealing narrative" The Indypendent newspaper, September 25, 2022

“Fran Hawthorne delivers a nuanced exploration of the connections among women – and how they can unravel when lies of omission are revealed… I Meant to Tell You kept me turning the pages late into the night.” —Jennifer Coburn, USA Today best-selling author of Cradles of the Reich


“Fran Hawthorne has written a wise, kind, and above all compassionate novel about the secrets we keep and the judgments we make.” —Yona Zeldis McDonough, Fiction Editor of Lilith 

"The writing is lovely, with strong analogies and memorable voices... (The novel) pushes the reader to question which type of secrets are valid to keep and why."--Story Circle Network, January 25, 2023

"The story remains upbeat and it is a fairly quick read, but provides food for thought. It would be a terrific book club pick." The Rose City Reader, November 30, 2022

I Meant to Tell You opens with a white lie, a small dishonesty. But it widens to reveal that the people we think we know may all be hiding behind convenient mistruths. In that way it is a compelling portrait of our times, stuffed with richly drawn characters and alive with sharp and glimmering prose. A literary page-turner.” —Brian Castleberry, author of Nine Shiny Objects (long-listed for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction)

The novel's "many twists and turns ... managed to be surprising and moving, leaving readers caring more about the characters than they might expect." --  The Reporter (the newspaper of the Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton, NY), May 4, 2023

“An absorbing, beautifully told story about how tenaciously we hang onto family myths --and how, once one secret is revealed, other truths come into the light.” —Janice Steinberg, author of The Tin Horse (winner, San Diego Book Award)

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