Fran Orenstein, of Sun City Center, is a distinguished and award winning author who has written seven books for adults, teens and children. Orenstein also writes short stories and poetry for children and adults. Orenstein said, “I am a multi-level author. I write for children as well as adults. I write prose as well as poetry. I do this because I enjoy the variety.”

Orenstein wrote her first piece of poetry at age 8. “I enjoy poetry because I find it a personal expression of the poet,” said Orenstein. She submitted her first short story to a magazine at age 12. Orenstein has more than 30 years of experience writing and publishing academically and professionally.

Orenstein explained that she really enjoys writing for children in the age categories of 8-12 years old and 13-17 years old. “I enjoy writing for these groups because my background has been working with children.

This prolific author is currently working on two books. “Writing has always come easy to me. It is just like breathing. I have never had any problem coming up with ideas,” said Orenstein. “I am writing two books at the same time because I have a lot of ideas.” One of the books is an adult novel, and the other is a science fiction book for young adults.

Her most recently published book is Reflections, a book of poetry about a woman’s journey from childhood to the elder years.

All of Orenstein’s books are available online through either Amazon Kindle or as an ebook. Some of her books are available in local libraries. All of them are available through her Website.

In addition to writing books, Orenstein likes to share her knowledge and experience with others through presentations, speaking and conducting workshops. Orenstein can be found locally on Tuesday, November 27, at 6:30 p.m. at the Bloomingdale Regional Library, located at 1906 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. She will conducting a workshop on developing characters.

Orenstein also believes that it is important to give back to the community. She volunteers and works with organizations such as the Boy Scouts of America, the American Cancer Society and the Sun City Center Women’s Club.

For more information on this interesting and outgoing author, please visit her Website at


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Kelly Wise Valdes has been writing for the Osprey Observer since 2008. She graduated in 1989 from Florida Southern College with a B.S. in Communications and enjoys writing and traveling. She currently resides in northern Hillsborough County with her husband, David. When not traveling and writing, Kelly and her husband enjoy spending time with their five grown children (as well as their grandchildren) that still keep them very busy.