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VIDEO: An Exclusive Interview with Author Betsy Franco & Artist Tom Franco
Tom Franco & Betsy Franco (Image Credit: Dakota Snow / The Daily Quirk)
Tom Franco & Betsy Franco (Image Credit: Dakota Snow / The Daily Quirk)
Tune into this exclusive interview with Tom and Betsy Franco, celebrating the release of Betsy’s latest novel Naked, illustrated by her son. Naked is a love story and coming of age story, intertwined. Betsy explores the agony of being artists, alternating narration between “Cat” and Jesse Lucas, who meet in the Rodin sculpture garden at Stanford. Find out more directly from the author and the artist, right here in an exclusive feature on The Daily Quirk.

In the feature below Betsy discusses what inspired Naked, a book that was seemingly fated to be written because it developed from a series of bizarre coincidences in her own life. And Tom Franco, artist and illustrator of the book, talks collaborating with mom Betsy on the project.

In the full version of the interview below, you can find out more about where Betsy’s sons’ creativity comes from, and how the Franco’s influence each other. We also discuss Tom’s artistic talents further and Betsy shares how her writing has evolved as her sons have grown up, from children’s books to young adult, and now to full on grown-up stuff.

As a writer of adult fiction, Betsy explores a part of herself she never could when she was writing children’s stories.Naked is raw and unrestricted, and appropriately titled. You can pick up a copy of Naked, published by Tyrus Books/F+W Media, in stores everywhere Nov 18 and in the meantime check out my review of the book here on the site.

The Daily Quirk would like to thank Betsy and Tom Franco for taking to the time to chat. To find out more about Betsy Franco and her books, visit her Official Site, and to find out Tom Franco and his art visit his Official Blog. We would also like to thank Kepler’s Books in Menlo Park, California for so graciously hosting our interview.

AUTHOR:TDQ Multimedia Team WestReporting & Written Content: Dakota Snow / Camera: Ron Snow / Production: Sean Torenli
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"NAKED" A Novel by Betsy Franco

Illustrated by Tom Franco, part of the story takes place in the Rodin sculpture garden at UC Stanford, CA. Pre order the book here or on Amazon.
For more information on the book signing and talk by Betsy Franco with Tom Franco as a guest speaker at Kepler's Books on Tuesday, November 5, 7:30 p.m in Palo Alto please click here.
For more information on the book signing and talk by Betsy Franco with Tom Franco guest speaking at Book Passage in Corte Madera on Saturday, November 16, at 1pm please click here.
Hope to see everyone at the book signing!



Characters are based on sculptures made and sold in 2013.
This is a way to continue to interact and expand each piece into current art making sessions.



“Art has become an obsession on leisure and comfort.  To find the little niche of an object of beauty, that radiates these qualities, is a fascination of a life time for me.  The way that my hands mold material that once were left as having no value, then becomes worthy of display.  It goes beyond the mere conceptual statement that something is worthy as art.  The mystery lies for me in the conscious act of infusing the particles of meaning directly into the raw material at hand.  The fact that such things as odd wood chips and springs and plastic paint can hold meaning is stunning amazement.  The fact that my pure conscious dreaming mind can be manifest into such materials is a miracle of this natural world we live in.  I find that meaning in life comes directly from this experience, the act of sitting still enough to listen and see, and the act of creating that vision to share with others.  This is true modern magic.” Tom Franco 2013



...these are some of the details, often tiny in large paintings, that might go unnoticed when looking at the whole 4'x6' frame. The "33 Years of Being Tom Franco" exhibit at the Firehouse Gallery North in Berkeley, on 1790 Shattuck Avenue, gives everyone a chance to view and acquire some of these gems.

Exhibit runs from April 12 to 30, 2013.
Opening night, Friday, April 12, 7-9 pm.


a month before the annual birthday show

Tom Franco art show at the Firehouse Gallery North 
Opening night Friday, April 12th, 2013.
7-9 pm on 1790 Shattuck Avenue in the Berkeley Gourmet Ghetto.

All new work will be shown and available for purchase. 

For more information and a chance to let us know you are coming, please click here to go our facebook event page. Looking forward to celebrating Tom Franco's 33rd birthday with food, art, family & friends.



...at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.
Directed, curated and  by Tom Franco and Julia Lazar.

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