Frances Mensah Williams
I write contemporary romantic fiction featuring smart, strong-willed women of colour dealing with themes of substance – think love, guilt, race, belonging, identity – and written in a humorous and accessible style.
After years of scribbling and self-publishing two careers books, my first novel, From Pasta to Pigfoot, featuring under-achieving PA and pasta fanatic Faye Bonsu, was published in 2015. To my eternal joy, it was selected by WH Smith for their Top 100 Summer Reads, debuting at number 23. The sequel, From Pasta to Pigfoot: Second Helpings, followed in 2016.
Although I’ve lived in London for most of my life, I was born in Ghana, where I set some of my stories. I find contemporary middle-class Africa offers a great setting to write rom-coms about everyday people struggling with romantic relationships, unreasonable bosses, interfering families, and all manner of cultural clashes.
My latest novel, Imperfect Arrangements, is set in Ghana and follows the stories of three best friends, Theresa, Lyla, and Maku as they deal with their less than perfect relationships. Celebrating sisterhood and love, it also shares the perspectives of the men in their lives.
I live in London, where I’m surrounded by excitingly diverse communities, and spend my days juggling writing, career coaching, consulting, and two high-maintenance daughters.