Ashlee Latimer’s book Francis Discovers Possible about body acceptance

Ashlee Latimer’s career has taken her to the bright lights of Broadway and the stage of the Tony Awards. But her next milestone – the debut of her first children’s book – will happen in her hometown of Knoxville.

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

She drew from her own life to create Francis, a girl coming to terms with her body type, as a message to everyone that fat characters are worthy of taking up space in stories and in life.

“One of my goals with this book was, of course, to center a fat kid having an ultimately positive experience and learning to love themselves, but really, this book is for anybody who has been made to feel bad about their appearance in one way or another at some point in time, ”Latimer told Knox News.

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