Official version: 

“Official” headshot (photo by Erica Eichelkraut Zilbauer)

Madeline Claire Franklin holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts WCYA program, as well as a BA in Media Study and Anthropology from the University at Buffalo. When she is not writing strange fiction for young adults, she is probably attempting to dismantle the patriarchy and/or practicing witchcraft. She lives 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.

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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.”

Ancient headshot / Adorable Scamp / Teenage me, stealing trophies from the DECA club in high school

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.

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, for professional opportunities, through my agent, Danielle Burby of Mad Woman Literary Agency. 🙂

Gratuitous dog photo

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