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Spotlight On Frances L. Wood


Frances L. Wood is a Washington native, born across the bay from Langley in Everett, Washington. Her family first bought vacation beach property on South Whidbey in the early 1900s. She is fourth generation in her family to vacation on South Whidbey. Frances moved permanently to Langley in 2000.

She had written two other books on South Whidbey history, Community at the Crossroads: A History of Bayview on Whidbey Island, Goosefoot Community Fund, 2002 and Down to Camp: A History of Summer Folk on Whidbey Island, Blue Heron Press, 1997.

Frances holds B.A. and M.A.T. degrees and recently received an MFA in creative writing from the Whidbey Writers Workshop, a program of the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts. She is looking for a publisher for her young adult novel based on the life of her great-grandmother, a pioneer schoolteacher in Western Washington.

She is also an avid bird watcher and is active with the Whidbey Audubon Society, the Island County Marine Resources Committee and seabird research.

Frances is delighted that the publication of this book coincides with Langley’s centennial. She looks forward to sharing Langley’s history with her beloved community. 


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