About Fran Grant
Hello, I’m Fran. 38 years old. Wife to a lucky husband. Mum to 3 gorgeous boys. Bookworm. Book addict. Writer. Passionate about keeping the magic of reading alive for today's children. Living in Leeds, UK.
From as far back as I can remember, I have always been obsessed with books. From the moment I could read independently I devoured books of various genres, with a particular passion for Roald Dahl. As soon as I could hold a pencil I started writing stories - wild imaginative tales, short stories, sad stories, funny stories, poems… reading and writing was my greatest love, and I vowed I’d grow up to be a writer. I vividly remember the head teacher at my army primary school telling my parents “I fully expect to walk into a library one day and see a book written by Frances.” I’ve never forgotten that, but somehow, along the way, I grew older and life had other things in store for me.
I graduated with a (BSc.) Business Degree from the University of Hull in 2003, having decided I would be safer studying a subject that offered better employment opportunities upon graduation rather than following (what I then thought was) an unrealistic and romantic dream of becoming a writer - if only I knew then what I know now about self belief, determination, and following your calling. I then embarked on a Graduate Scheme with a large corporate IT Recruitment agency, and my sheer doggedness and determination paid off as I worked my way up from a Trainee to a Principal Consultant, where I led a thriving team of Consultants.
In 2008 I branched out and set up my first recruitment business which took off immediately, and I sold up two years later when I started a family. Through the sale of my business I was fortunate enough to be able to take some time out to raise my first two boys (James 8 and William 7), before setting up on my own again in 2012, this time working from home. I took a break again a couple of years later to have my third boy (Edward 4) before returning to my business once again.
Early 2018 was a turning point for me, however. I separated temporarily from my husband (which I now put down to trying to do it all!) and it made me question my whole life and everything I'd come to know, even the future I thought I had planned out. I literally started again from the ground upwards, emerging a new person and carving out a life I wholeheartedly wanted to live. Unsurprisingly, much of the soul searching I did related to my career. Did I actually love it? No, I hadn’t done for years. Did it make my soul sing? Nope. Did I jump out of bed on a morning, excited about the day ahead? Double Nope. Did I long to jump out of bed on a morning, exhilarated by something I was so passionate about? HELL YES!
Hello writing, it’s me again!
So I decided enough was enough. I took a huge leap of faith and walked away from a career that spanned 15 years, and here I am now - writing this blog and working on some exciting fiction projects. I truly believe that if you have a calling, a passion for something that burns so fiercely, you owe it to yourself to honour it. Life is short and it’s meant to be enjoyed, not endured. And wouldn't it be awful to reach the end of your days having not done the things you really, desperately wanted to do...
If you’ve made it this far, thanks for reading, and I really hope you enjoy the blog!
Much love, Fran xxx
ABOUT FRAN GRANT
Wife to a very lucky husband. Mum to 3 beautiful little boys. Gym, yoga and self care enthusiast. Lover of food, coffee, wine and gin. Self confessed bookworm and book hoarder. Advocate for keeping the magic of reading alive for today’s children. And last but not least - Writer (currently trying my hand at kids fiction and rhyming stories). Thanks for visiting my site - expect to see posts mainly related to reading and writing, with occasional musings about family, parenting and life in general. Oh, and plenty of book reviews! Hope you enjoy! Much love, Fran x