Erika is originally from Morgantown, WV and moved to Washington DC where she studied history at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She has worked in various jobs since that time, ranging from tour guide to barista, and adjunct professor to game board retailer. It was her study of history and its interrogation of sources and voices that finally pushed Erika to take her fiction writing seriously. Erika reads widely on many subjects in both fiction and non-fiction, and never has difficulty finding subject matter. She has published fiction and nonfiction in a variety of publications. Currently, she has a day job in college admissions, while working on a novel in progress and a passel of short stories. She now lives in Baltimore, MD with her wife and their menagerie on a small growing urban farm. (The wife is the farmer!)

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

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 (non-fiction)

“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, and the small local presses.



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