Cassandra Frances

Writer and professional pyjamas wearer.
Weaving the gothic into fantasy in Young Adult and Children’s stories.

About me

I am an Australian writer living in France. I take a lot of inspiration from Melbourne, where I spent 12 years, as well as from country Victoria where I grew up.

I’ve always been a storyteller of some sort. I started out in theatre as a kid, (my greatest role was a weasel in Wind in the Willows). Now I write about ghosts, creepy sisters, what happens ‘out there,’ what we won’t talk about, and bad love with some good kissing.

My stories are about the darker side of life that exists on the edge of reality and sometimes outside of it. I have collected books like these that I love on Nyctophilia, my little night garden of dark and creepy books. Maybe you’ll find something you’ll like too.

In 2017, I was a PitchWars ‘mentee’ and participated in their online mentoring program. I found my agent, Hillary Jacobson at ICM Partners, through this program.

I am currently a mentor for Author Mentor Match, another online program that pairs writers with writing mentors to assist them in revising drafts of their middle grade or young adult manuscript and preparing to approach agents and publishers. It’s incredibly rewarding and I get to read so much new and challenging work! I hope to continue doing this for a long time.

I’m also an Aurealis magazine slush pile reader, and was a judge for the 2016 ad 2017 Aurealis Award for best illustrated book or graphic novel.

Photo portrait of writer Cassandra Frances

Master of Creative Writing, Publishing and Editing

The University of Melbourne, 2014–2015

I graduated with First Class Honours. My thesis was on sisterhood in gothic fiction.

Bachelor of Psychology

Swinburne University, 2011–2013

I went on exchange to Aalborg University in Denmark, where I studied Metafiction and Twentieth-Century Literature.