Frances Peck

Hi, and thanks for visiting my website! You may know me as an editor, ghostwriter, and instructor. This website is about me as a creative writer.

My debut novel, The Broken Places, came out with NeWest Press on April 1, 2022, as part of the Nunatak First Fiction Series. To my delight (and relief), advance readers and reviewers have praised the book. Now that the novel is in stores and libraries, I hope you’ll enjoy it too.

If you’d like to share your thoughts, or invite me to your book club, writing group, or other event, please head to the Contact area and drop me a line.

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About

I’ve always been a writer. I was nine when I got my first typewriter. A red-and-white model designed for kids, it produced the same purple print as those school mimeographs from back in the 70s. It was cheap and lightweight, but it made my stories and poems look official. They looked like writing.

When the realities (and bills) of adulthood set in, I gave up creative writing. Not words, though. I’ve been slinging them ever since.

As a ghostwriter and editor, I’ve produced tons of copy for other people. As a workshop and university instructor, I’ve helped thousands of students get better at writing and editing. I’ve written a little under my own name: I was a co-author of the HyperGrammar website and wrote the collection Peck’s English Pointers. But mostly I’ve stayed behind the scenes.

Much as I’ve loved working with other people’s words, my own have been clamouring to get out. Some years ago, I tried writing fiction again to see what would happen. Like that, time folded back on itself, and I got caught up in creating all over again. 

The Broken Places is my first published novel. I’m thrilled to have a book that’s all mine—my characters, my ideas, my name on the cover. It’s scary too; there’s a lot to like about staying hidden. But you know what? Life is fraught with risk, and sometimes you need to rush straight at it to feel alive. That’s one of the things my fiction is about.

The Broken Places

Cover of the novel The Broken Places

Vancouver. A day like any other. Kyle, a successful cosmetic surgeon, is punishing himself with a sprint up a mountain. Charlotte, wife of a tech tycoon, is combing the farm belt for local cheese and a sense of purpose. Back in the city their families go about their business: landscaping, doing deals, skipping school. It’s a day like any other—until suddenly it’s not.

When the earthquake hits, the city erupts in chaos and fear. Kyle’s and Charlotte’s families, along with two passersby, are thrown together in an oceanfront mansion. The catastrophe and conflicts that beset these wildly different people expose the fault lines beneath their relationships, as they question everything in an effort to survive and reunite with their loved ones stranded outside the city.

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NaNoWriMo kickoff

It was a pleasure to talk novel writing, plus share tips for staying the course, with aspiring NaNoWriMo authors on October 26, 2022. Here’s to a creative November for you all!

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Alberta-bound

Editors Edmonton and the divine Glass Bookshop join forces for an Alberta launch of The Broken Places on September 14, 2022.

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Contact

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To drop me a line, or to invite me to your book club, writing group, or other event, email [email protected] or use the contact form. Or connect with me on Twitter: @FrancesLPeck.

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