Lucinda Franks, a
former staff writer for The New York Times, has written
regularly for The New Yorker, The New York Times
Magazine, The Atlantic and other publications. She
was the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for national
reporting, and has won many other awards. The Pulitzer was for
writing a five-part series on the anti-Vietnam terrorist group,The
Weatherman, which blew up three of their members in a New York
townhouse that they had turned into a bomb factory. She began her
career in London with United Press International, where she was at
first assigned beauty contests and donkey shows, a gig she soon
grew tired of and abruptly ended by taking her vacation in the
uneasy British province of Northern Ireland; she was present as
sectarian violence broke out and UPI let her stay, suspending their
rule that women could not report from war zones.
She is the author of the recently published memoir, My Father's Secret War, about her discovery that her failed father was actually a daring spy during WWII . She is also the author of Waiting Out A War, about the life of a Vietnam army deserter, and Wild Apples, a novel about two sisters who return home to come to terms with their mother's death and, along with three generations of the family, try to save their historic apple orchard . She lives in New York City with her husband and two children.