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Garrett Francis is a Seattle-based author of ambitious yet approachable literary fiction.


"A significant talent, fearless, natural, and hard to classify."
-David Ebershoff, author of The Danish Girl

"A power house of a fiction writer. Poetic and raw, imaginative and real, Garrett is blessed with a literary talent that many can only dream of.”
-Claudia Befu, Story Voyager

"One of the author’s greatest strengths is in writing characters that are truly complex. He never does exactly what you’d expect, and for me, that’s what makes them so human and Francis so good at what he does."
-Amazon Reader

"Garrett Francis' fiction isn't only immersive, but is also tremendously cinematic. You literally feel yourself in a spectacular movie."
-Nadia Gerassimenko,
when hope writes

"When you're looking for something that has a bite."
-Ben Woestenburg, The Scribbler

"Excellent fiction writing. Powerful, descriptive, and riveting."
-Scott Weinzirl


Garrett grew up on a small farm in Michigan and earned his B.A. in Creative Writing from Grand Valley State University. 

In 2012, he co-founded Squalorly, a digital literary journal of the Midwest and served as its nonfiction editor until 2014.

In 2016, founded Orson’s Publishing in 2016, a micro press and served as the press’s sole editor (and designer, and publicist, among other roles) until its closure in 2020, publishing four book-length works by new and emerging authors.

He also founded Orson’s Review in 2017, a digital literary journal that served as a companion to its parent press, publishing fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry and photography. He served as the sole editor of Orson’s Review as well, and is proud to have helped bring the work of over 70 international contributors to life.

Today, Garrett lives in Seattle, Washington with his family. He keeps a day job and when he isn’t working or writing, he tries to be outside as much as he can—camping, hiking, kayaking, and just generally wandering.