Ashley Latimer Francis’ book Explores the Possibility of Body Acceptance

Author Ashley Latimer poses for a photo.

Ashley Latimer’s career took her to the bright lights on Broadway and the Tony Awards stage. But her next milestone – her first children’s book – will take place in her hometown of Knoxville.

Latimer, 30, is the author of “Francis Discovers the Possible,” which was published Tuesday. A 2016 University of Tennessee graduate, her roots in Knoxville run deep. She graduated from Bearden High School and has worked, produced, and directed more than a dozen plays at the Knoxville Children’s Theater.

She drew from her own life to create Frances, a girl who comes to terms with her body type, as a message to everyone that fat characters deserve a place in stories and in life.

“One of my goals with this book was, of course, to focus on a fat kid who eventually has a positive experience and learns to love himself, but really, this book is for anyone who feels upset about their looks one way or sometime,” Latimer told Knox News. .