Fran is a copywriter, award-winning blogger, freelance writer, Audie nominated audiobook narrator, voice actress, avid baker, and cook.
Originally from New Brighton, Pennsylvania — near Pittsburgh, she has managed to banish yinz from her vocabulary but not from her heart, and visits her family in Pittsburgh and Ohio as often as possible. She grew up the youngest of four, born to Italian immigrant parents, whose faith in her was boundless. Her mom encouraged her to read out loud from the time she was five. This activated the ham gene that has served her well over the years.
If her name sounds familiar, it’s because she was a traffic and news reporter on morning radio in Los Angeles for 12 years. She’s also worked extensively as a copywriter, TV News writer/producer, freelance writer, and even managed a plastic surgeon’s office (where she had to help break someone’s nose once) and learned to toss around words like blepharoplasty and epinephrine.
Fran has written thousands of radio commercials, writing for top talent like Ryan Seacrest, Sisanie, Tanya Rad, Ellen K, Mark Wallengren, Big Boy, Kari Steele, Karen Sharp, Bill Handel, Tim Conway Jr., and others. She’s been the voice of thousands of commercials, is a member of SAG/AFTRA and is represented by J Pervis in Atlanta, (404) 688-9700.
Fran has an unwavering work ethic, she credits to her immigrant parents, who always told her she could be anything she wanted if she worked hard enough.
Story telling is where Fran shines. Her favorite stories are about growing up Italian American and trying to fit in. The stories inspired her to start a blog, AtFransTable.com. It’s filled with tales about her mom, her family, and, of course, food.
Fran is proud to have been selected one of the Voices of the Year at BlogHer 2015 for her blog post, “I Was 21 Before my Father Said I Love You.”
When she’s not writing or recording, she can be found trying to entice people to come over and eat.
Here’s a list of favorite bloggers, who make Fran laugh, think, or want to cook:
AtFransTable - Oh, what a coincidence – this is HER blog!
The Bloggess – Jenny Lawson is the reason Fran started blogging and is one of the funniest people ever.
David Lebovitz – David was the pastry chef for Alice Waters’ Berkeley restaurant, Chez Panisse. He seems down to earth, sweet, lives in Paris and offers fabulous recipes!
Frank Bruni – He’s the Op Ed Columnist for the New York Times and a brilliant writer.
Chris Erskine - He’s a humor columnist and editor for the LA Times – Fran’s dream job.
Bill Plaschke – Bill writes primarily about sports and can make you care about anything he covers.
The Pioneer Woman – This is Ree Drummond’s website, and even though everything looks so perfect it feels like it couldn’t possibly be real, it is. Ree’s recipes are great and she’s ridiculously successful.
Must be This Tall to Ride – This is Matt’s blog -he uses no last name. He’s divorced, has one kid and lives in Ohio. He openly says everything I always wished my ex-husband would have said.
Baddest Mother Ever – Ashley, who writes this column is real, funny, and her stories always hit home.
New York Style and a Little Cannoli – This blog is written by Rosemary Nardone, a sweetheart who covers cool happenings in NYC.