Hi, I’m Lucia!

contemporary romance author

Lucia Franco has written over a dozen romance novels. Her emotional stories often include an age gap and forbidden love.

Her novel Hush Hush was a finalist in the RWA 2019 Stiletto Contest. Her novels have been translated into several languages.

Lucia resides in South Florida with her husband, two boys, and five pets. She was a competitive athlete for over ten years – a gymnast and cheerleader – which heavily inspired the Off Balance series. When she isn’t writing, you can find her at the beach getting slammed by waves or wandering through her butterfly garden.

For inquiries, Lucia is represented by Two Daisy Media Literary Agency.

Forbidden Romance is my favorite trope to read and write. Every one of my books has an age gap. I love dramatic and chaotic, messy love stories. The ones that hurt the heart and make it ache for weeks and days. A soul searing once-in-a-lifetime love that could also be considerd a toxic romance. The kind where groveling and redemption are absolutely required for there to be a happy ending.

A writing playlist and pinterest board is a must. I love country music, but I won’t listen to it when I’m writing a book. I stick to R&B and Hip Hop. Otherwise I’ll end up writing small-town country romances forever.

I always have a private pinterest board while I’m writing that helps set the tone of the story. It allows me to get a deeper understanding of the characters and where we’re going. I’m a plotter by nature but a pantser at heart. Pinterest helps me plot my random ideas.

Pages long spicy scenes. As a reader, I need pages of spice. Not three paragraphs or a fade-to-black scene. This means my books are loaded with extra spicy, and sometimes tension-filled, steamy moments.

forbidden romance

new adult

age gap

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Meet lucia

“The more angst, the better.”


age gap love


inspired by country music


favorite book lucia wrote

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