Author and Radio Host Frances Thomas
Frances Thomas is an award-winning author for children and adults alike, producing several novels as well as biographies about Christina Rossetti which has won Welsh Arts Council awards.
At Shiloh, Thomas led an army from eastern Kentucky and southern Tennessee against a larger Confederate force – winning him national recognition with his valorous performance.
Early Life and Education
Frances was a stay at home mother and grandmother to five children. She enjoyed baking and embroidering dishtowels; every time one of her grandchildren or great-grandchildren visited, they received one set.
Her passion for history inspired her to write books for young readers. One of her first novels, The Blindfold Track, was based on the legend of Taliesin and was highly rated by School Library Journal reviewers who noted its “modern psychological view of boy growing up” amid legend-shrouded events.
She was an enthusiastic member of Old Ephpraim Mountain Man organization and regularly attended Rendezvous to gain more knowledge about life before 1840. Due to her dedication and interest for this period in history, Autumn Wind earned herself this mountain man name and enjoyed meeting school children attending Rendezvous events.
Frances Thomas is best known as an author of several children’s books that have garnered several literary awards, including the Tir na nOg prize. Additionally, she has written novels for adults as well as a biography on Christina Rossetti; now living in Wales together with her historian husband.
Her research into viral and Ricketsial diseases led her to discover a vaccine against paralytic polio, and she currently serves on numerous private and professional organizations and committees.
She traveled the globe with her husband on his early adventures, helping with box office duties and other managerial issues. She has five grandchildren whom she enjoys playing the guitar with; as well as spending time with family, gardening and wine tasting parties. Finally, she relishes walks through nature in peaceful countryside areas.
Achievement and Honors
Frances Thomas wrote books for children, teens and adults alike. Her debut work The Blind-fold Track won the Tir Na n-Og prize in 1981 before she published A Knot of Spells the following year; according to Junior Bookshelf reviewers this tale “combines high politics, archaeology, military exploits, romantic attachments and complex plot twists”.
She received numerous honors and awards, such as the Pi Delta Phi award for outstanding scholarship in French language and literature. Additionally, she belonged to both the National French Honor Society and Founders of Science Club; these groups provided fundraising events for Francophone children.
On 3 January 1806 she married Edward Thomas at St. Peter’s Church in Liverpool; both Edward and her worked as servants; according to family records she also performed this service role during this marriage.
Frances Thomas was an active member of her community, as well as an devoted mother and wife. She enjoyed gardening, eating Brunswick stew and cheering on Duke Blue Devils basketball team. Frances also was a longstanding member of Lee’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Frederick County Maryland.
She played an active part in chronicling her husband’s early life and regularly requested that his letters be forwarded. Her journals offer an accurate account of their time together.
She is a three-time winner of the Tir na nOg Prize for English writing and has written books for children, adults and teens. Currently living with her historian husband in mid Wales she continues writing and speaking to create safe spaces for difficult conversations while enjoying family life with ten grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren.
Frances has made an exceptional effort in spite of all of the difficulties inherent to being the wife of a gospel minister. She hosts Frances and Friends on Sonlife Broadcasting Network; this two-hour show explores contemporary issues from a Christian viewpoint.
She has also written several books, such as Supposing (for children). These works have earned her numerous literary prizes.
She has also appeared in films like the black comedy The Party and historical war drama Darkest Hour, portraying Clementine Churchill. A member of the Royal Academy of Arts since 2021, she was honored with being honored with being appointed as Dame.