Ashlee Latimer Francis Discovers Possible book on body acceptance

Ashlee Latimer’s career has taken her to the Broadway spotlight and onto the Tony Awards stage. But her next step – the debut of her first children’s book – will be performing in her hometown of Knoxville.

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

She was inspired by her own life to create Francis, a girl who accepts her morphology, as a message to everyone that big characters deserve to take their place in stories and in life.

“One of my goals with this book was, of course, to center an obese child having an ultimately positive experience and learning to love themselves, but really this book is for anyone who has felt wrong about of how they looked in one way or another at some point,” Latimer told Knox News.

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