Sarah Frances serves as the PAL coordinator for the SCBWI LaMs Region. In addition, she serves as president of the Historic Preservation Commission of Oxford, Mississippi, as well as the Friends of the Library at the University of Mississippi. She is an active volunteer with the Oxford/Lafayette Literacy Council and the OHS Theatre Arts Guild. She has recently been elected to the Board of Governors of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters.
With a juris doctorate cum laude from the University of Mississippi School of Law, a Bachelor of Arts in fine art from Davidson College, and subsequent studies at Parsons School of Design in New York and Paris, Sarah Frances Hardy took an early retirement from practicing law to paint and write full time.
Sarah Frances's paintings are characterized by vivid colors and expressive brushstrokes. She has exhibited her work in galleries throughout the Southeast as well as at a gallery in Soho. Her corporate clients include Steve Wynn who purchased several of Sarah Frances's paintings for the Beau Rivage Resort in Biloxi, Mississippi.
Most recently, Sarah Frances has redirected her creative juices towards writing and illustrating books for children--picture books as well as middle grade and young adult novels.
Her first book PUZZLED BY PINK which she both wrote and illustrated was published in April of 2012 by Viking Children’s Books. It's a story of two sisters who couldn't be more different.
Her next book PAINT ME! about a girl who begins the day painting a portrait of her dog and ends up painting everything she comes across . . . was published by Sky Pony Press in May of 2014.
Her newest release DRESS ME! was published in May of 2015 by Sky Pony Press. It is about a little girl who dresses up in lots of different costumes trying out lots of different careers. In the end, she decides to just be herself.