Fran Cannon Slayton is a professional writer and author of the young adult novel, When the Whistle Blows (Penguin/Philomel, 2009). Described by Kirkus as “an unassuming masterpiece” in a starred review, When the Whistle Blows was nominated for state book awards in Virginia, Alabama, Maryland and Indiana, and was chosen to represent Virginia and West Virginia at the 2010 National Book Festival. Ms. Slayton holds both a B.A. in psychology and religious studies and a J.D. from the University of Virginia. A former child sexual abuse prosecutor and legal publisher, she frequently lectures on writing at teachers and writers conferences, schools and universities, and enjoyed lecturing on the M.V. Explorer’s December 2012 Enrichment Voyage. Ms. Slayton has been a faculty fellow at the University of Virginia’s Brown Residential College for the last five years. The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities recently awarded her a Residential Fellowship for Spring 2014, where she will have visiting faculty status at the University of Virginia as she works on her next novel.