Me and Finn Mayer, the actor who plays Ovid

My son Dave came to my play. He read the audio book. Loved the play.

Some of the cast with Dave

Tom, my son who did all the drawing in the play, and I at the opening of the play

James filmed the play for his documentary about the making of the play.

Me and my husband Doug at the Oscars (He's no longer with us on this earth.)

Me and my mom, Grandma Mitz, at the Oscars

me, tom, james, grandma mitz on kodak stage

on the Kodak stage after the show

Doug and I at "Unfinished" premiere (He's no longer with us on this earth.)

My son Dave and I at the Governor's Ball after the Oscars, in the Kodak Theater

My son Tom and Julia, Oscar night

James and I at the premiere of "Unfinished" a film by James and Gus Van Sant

At Oscar mominees interview in L.A.

My Oscar dress


April 15, 2009

Hey, I'm filming a scene from my latest novel. It's exciting. A friend of mine is in a film class and we've cast two really good actors from Palo Alto High School.

I took a screenwriting class at Stanford that was excellent. The teacher was Adam Tobin. During the class, I wrote a screenplay adaptation of my novel, and now I've reworked a five minute segment for filming. Should be fun.


  1. April 24, 2009 2:54 AM EDT
    Admire your creative spirit and your LOVE of writing and living in common - unity with your own Family and the family of man!
    I am a "creative" pracitcing Educational Therapist here in downtown Burlingame, CA. I am about to produce a wondrous little evening w/my students, we've names it LIMELIGHT NIGHT and I am searching for a special poem about CATS!
    - Darlene Rose DeMaria, MA, BCET Board Certified Educational Therapist
  2. April 30, 2009 2:52 PM EDT
    Right on. This IS exciting. Let me know if there's anything I can do to help.
    - Michelle Chappel
  3. May 6, 2009 2:19 PM EDT
    You will probably want to film your 5 minute segment in North Dakota (and who wouldn't). I would love to be an extra in your film as I am available between floods and other natural disasters.
    - Kurt P. Eddy
  4. May 13, 2009 5:21 PM EDT
    That sounds really neat!!!!!!!!! Hi I am a fifth grader and I am doing a report on you. Your poems are very interesting. I was wondering if I could have a few interesting facts for my report on you. I also need when you were born. Sorry for the problem.
    - Thanks Jennie
  5. July 13, 2009 6:28 PM EDT
    Hi Betsy,
    Congratulations on your many 2009 publications. I'm eager to share them with friends who have yet to discover your wonderful work.
    - Christine (long lost) Losq
  6. August 16, 2009 5:33 PM EDT
    Happy Birthday, Betsy!
    I wish You health, happiness, love, well-being, creative successes and all the best!!!
    - Irina, Ukraine
  7. November 3, 2009 3:19 AM EST
    i love james franco
    - ms.katherine
  8. November 4, 2009 12:47 AM EST
    By chance did you work for the notorious phone company in Palo Alto in 1969-1971 time frame? If so we were coworkers and fellow grumblers! I read now for a volunteer literacy program in the Campbell School District and LOVE your books (whether you're the B. Franco I knew then or NOT!)
    - Kathy Duryea
  9. November 10, 2009 11:09 PM EST
    I liked your site.
    - Rob Miller
  10. December 31, 2009 8:01 PM EST
    BETSY, Happy New Year to You and Your Family! :-))
    May God bless You with good health, happiness, love and peace!

    I wish this year to bring you only Good, Warmth, smiles, lots of flowers and sun.
    Very Happy & Auspicious New Year!!!
    - Irina, Ukraine
  11. January 30, 2010 5:40 PM EST
    James is wow, wow, wow. Where did he get that smile?
    - Roxy
  12. May 24, 2011 9:42 AM EDT
    Nice job Betsy. Congrats for your great work.
    - Diana Perez
  13. March 30, 2014 4:58 PM EDT
    Hi Betsy!
    I just wanted to know if you will be producing/directing plays anytime soon. I would love to be a part of one! Please keep me posted :)
    - Melodie

Selected Books

1.YA novel
Illustrated by Tom Franco, audio version by James and Dave Franco
2. poetry
"An amazing collection...cover(s) all things cat."
4. teen-written anthology
"The vertigo-inducing realm of romantic love is captured in this unforgettable collection..."
3. Picture book
"Franco's spirited poems...Jenkins' masterful collage work."
--Booklist, starred review
6. picture book
"Celebrate the free concert that birds perform..."
--Publisher's Weekly, starred review
7. picture book
"Word lovers might stand a better chance of becoming math lovers..."
-Horn Book, starred review
8. children's poetry
"the bouncy, humorous poems include an amazing variety of math concepts ...delivered with a light touch"
--Kirkus Review
5. teen-written poetry anthologies
"...honest, raw and sometimes tender selections..."
-School Library Journal