Fran Baker

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Fran Baker (maiden name McCoy, born in 1947 in Kansas City, Missouri) is an American novelist of thirteen romance novels in both the contemporary and historical subgenres. Eight of her novels have been translated into twenty languages and four of them have been Waldenbooks Bestsellers. She has also written a couple hundred articles, book reviews, author interviews, op-eds and humorous pieces. The Talk of the Town, set in 1930s America, will be released in hardcover September 2011.


The oldest of three children, Baker grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. She graduated from Ruskin High School and majored in history at the University of Missouri and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She continued pursuing her degree through marriage and motherhood.

While working as a court reporter, Baker began writing articles for publication. She soon discovered a local writer's group and it was through one of the published novelists in the group that she met an agent. The agent sold Baker's first novel, a contemporary romance that launched the Silhouette Desire line, and soon the publisher requested more contemporary romances.

In 1998, Baker formed her own small publishing company, Delphi Books. As of April 2011, Delphi Books has 17 titles in print. Eight of those titles are large print editions of books that were first published by mainstream houses. Delphi Books also has six eBooks available to readers.

Baker is married and has one son; she lives in Lee's Summit, Missouri.


  • As Judith Baker
    • When Last We Loved
    • Love in the China Sea
  • As Cathlyn McCoy:
    • On Love's Own Terms
  • As Fran Baker:
    • Seeing Stars
    • The Widow and the Wildcatter
    • King of the Mountain
    • San Antonio Rose
    • The Lady and the Champ
    • Once A Warrior
    • Romeo, Romeo
    • Miss Francie's Folly
    • Pursuing Miss Pippa
    • The Talk of the Town
    • Miss Rose and the Rakehell

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