Erika (s/he) is originally from Morgantown, WV and moved to Washington DC to study history at the undergraduate and graduate levels. It was the study of history and its interrogation of sources and voices that finally pushed Erika to take fiction writing seriously. Erika reads widely on many subjects in both fiction and non-fiction, and never has difficulty finding subject matter. Currently, Erika has a day job in college admissions, while doing the real work on fiction and being a solid literary citizen. Erika and wife live in Baltimore, MD with their menagerie of pets on a small urban farm (the wife is the farmer). Erika is also working on a new career in roller derby under the name Puck Daddy.

You can reach Erika via email at FranzFreelancing at or on Twitter and Instragram under the clever handle ETFranz.

“Not at all what I thought it was going to be and then it became everything I needed!”
— A colleague reading, "The Gold of Dutch Pirate Captain Basil Thölde" (link below)

published works

The Gold of the Dutch Pirate Basil Thölde,” Queen Mob’s Teahouse, July 17th, 2019 (flash fiction)

Meet the Neighbors: Q&A with Dave Ring of OutWrite DC,” Little Patuxent Review Website, April 3rd, 2019 (interview)

“Three Week Meal Plan,” The First Line, Volume 19, Issue 2, Summer 2017 (fiction)

Articles and department pieces for Rohous (non-fiction):

“Understanding The Electoral College" and “Presidential Issues: Where do the candidates stand?” PBS Learning Media for Election 2012 (lesson plans)

“How To Get Your Family Digging Into Maryland’s Past,” Chesapeake Family Magazine, April 2012 (non-fiction)

Meeting more people in the literary community and helping to support literary events is one of the easiest and most joyful ways I can support literature, reading, and all of the other people who support the same—the book vendors, the authors, the local arts organizers, librarians, and the small local presses.



Attended SLICE Literary Conference, September 7-8th

Read in Baltimore, “Writers for Immigrant Justice,” Press Press as part of the national campaign, September 4

Attended Writing Workshops at OutWrite 2019, August 4

Volunteered with OutWrite 2019, August 2-3

Reader for Mason Jar Press

Launched and organized the book club and events for the Queer Business Resource Network at my day job

Volunteered with Little Patuxent Review Website

Short Fiction Boot Camp with Barrelhouse, March 17th-May 12th

Volunteered with Old Town Books (Alexandria, VA) and Norther Virginia Fine Arts Association to host: Carmen Maria Machado in conversation with Nicole Chung, February 9th

Attended Setting is Character, Character is Setting - OutWrite DC, February 6th

The Common’s 10-week Weekly Writes, Volume 2, January 28-April 1st


Volunteer with CityLit, Baltimore Book Festival, September 29th

Social Media Volunteer for BOPA, Baltimore Book Festival, September 28th

Attended SLICE Literary Conference, September 8-9th

ArtistsU Workshop, Baltimore, April 26-27th

Attended CityLit's 15th Annual CityLit Festival, April 14th

  • Master Class at CityLit Festival 2018 with Poet Yrsa Daley-Ward

GrubStreet -- Jonathan Escoffery’s “The Final Drafts: Revising Your Short Fiction (ONLINE),” Spring 2018



Attended Baltimore Writers’ Conference, November 11th

Organized a Facebook group for writers, October 23rd

Attended Baltimore Book Festival, September 28-30th

Attended SLICE Literary Conference, September 9-10th