About/Bio

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Madeline Claire Franklin is a graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults (VCFA WCYA). When she is not writing strange fiction for young adults, she is probably attempting to dismantle white supremacy and/or practicing witchcraft. She is a queer, Jewish, invisibly disabled woman living in sin in Buffalo, NY, with her partner, two dogs, three cats, and two Roombas, in a little yellow house called Cluckleberry Farms. She is represented by Danielle Burby of Mad Woman Literary Agency.

Long version:

I was born two weeks late in Buffalo, New York during the exciting time in American history known as “The 80s.” It was the decade that gave us such blessings as the Goblin King, the moonwalk, and the unfortunately not-well-thought-out hypercolor clothing, among other wonders. I actually don’t remember much of it, and most of what I think I remember usually ends up being from “The Early 90s.”

This is seriously the first image that comes up when I google "the early 90s"
This was seriously the first image that came up when I Googled “the early 90s”

Despite the fact that my parents met while in a cult, my childhood and family life were pretty normal and uneventful (at least in terms of what some other people consider normal). I spent most of my youth wearing funny hats in my attic bedroom while scribbling down vaguely fan-fiction-y (I’d never heard of fan fiction at the time) novels of truly epic proportions, but also hanging out with my besties in the woods pretending to worship Satan and hoping to discover dead bodies.

All in all, I think I turned out pretty all right.

Just two homies dressed as Bella and Edward for Halloween. What?
“Hold on tight spider monkey!” Halloween 2009

In undergrad, I studied Cultural Anthropology for 2 years at the University at Buffalo before switching majors to Media Study and Production, where I embraced my love of unconventional storytelling methods. In 2018, I graduated from the Vermont College of Fine Arts Writing for Children and Young Adults program (VCFA WCYA) with an MFA in creative writing.

These days you can find me on Instagram posting pictures of my pets, reposting DUNE memes, and reporting antisemites/alt-right accounts. You can contact me through my contact page, or through my agent, Danielle Burby of Mad Woman Literary Agency. 🙂

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