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General Information

Name:  Frances Altman  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:CHILD Fiction & Non-Fiction

Born: September 5, 1937 in Los Angeles, California


Illinois Connection

Altman lived in the Chicago area for 25 years. During her time in Chicago, she earned a Master’s degree from Roosevelt University Chicago and worked as a Special Features Editor at ''Day Publications'' in Chicago; Promotions Director at ''Paddock Publications'' in Arlington Heights, Illinois; Managing Editor at ''Suburban Week'' in Chicago; Editor for ''Countryside Living'' in Barrington, Illinois; and Public Relations at ''National Hot Dog and Sausage Council'' in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Frances Altman has created a forty year career in communications by blending public relations, marketing and freelance writing. Now retired she worked for ''The Chicago Sun Times'', National Hot Dog & Sausage Council, McDonald’s, Honeywell and Virginia Commonwealth University where she also taught. She has written several hundred newspaper and magazine articles on food, community business and children’s stories for Child Life, Friends, Highlights, Weekly Reader and six books for young readers including ''Something Egg'' and ''Reggie the Goat''. Her writing has received numerous merit awards from National Federation of Press Women, IABC, Chicago Publicity Club, PRSA, Virginia and Illinois Press Associations and a TWIN Leadership Award from National YWCA. Her books, [ ''Reggie the Goat''] and [ ''Spirit Dog''] have both been released as Nook eBooks. Altman currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland.

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