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New Book GOOD GIRL'S GUIDE TO COUNTY JAIL Describes Author's Life in Jail, Offers Guide for Survival Behind Bars


The Barrett Company Good Girl's Guide to County Jail Author Ellen Marie Francisco
Author Ellen Marie Francisco Exposes Life Behind Bars Before Trial and with No Bail

LOS ANGELES - Nov. 17, 2017 - TelAve -- Millions of viewers have made the television series "Orange is the New Black" a pop culture sensation, but Ellen Marie Francisco (http://www.EllenMarieFrancisco.com) has no interest in watching it or reading the memoir, by Piper Kerman, which spawned the hit show.

Francisco has lived her own version of "Orange is the New Black," an experience she refers to as "innocent in oranges." "Oranges" is prison jargon for the orange jump suits worn by prisoners who have been charged but who have not yet been to trial, Francisco explains.

Francisco, an author and entrepreneur, describes her experience behind bars in her latest book, GOOD GIRL'S GUIDE TO COUNTY JAIL (FOR THE BAD GIRL IN US ALL). A gripping and candid tale of her journey through three California jails for women, GOOD GIRL'S GUIDE TO COUNTY JAIL (https://books.friesenpress.com/store/title/119734000025993982) also serves as a resource guide for navigating the legal thickets necessary to surviving what Francisco dubs the "Incarcer Nation".

GOOD GIRL'S GUIDE TO COUNTY JAIL "is a call to action to remedy the lack of support for pre-sentenced women sitting in jails across America who are not educated enough to understand what they're negotiating in the courtroom," Francisco explains, "and for the women who don't realize how close they already are to the courthouse steps."

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Francisco was arrested in 2013 in Lake Arrowhead, California and charged with carjacking, assault with a deadly weapon and robbery after an incident involving her impounded car. The charges were ultimately dropped, but not before Francisco had served nearly two months in three county jails. While locked up, she talked to hundreds of women "each on a different path without a definitive end, each living with the certain fear that they were not in control of their own lives."

Those conversations became the nucleus of GOOD GIRL'S GUIDE TO COUNTY JAIL.

About the Author Ellen Marie Francisco

Canadian born Ellen Marie Francisco worked in feature film development and production in Toronto on Canadian Content film projects partially funded through Telefilm Canada in the '80s. She was transferred to Los Angeles in the early '90s to help expand the production company into Los Angeles. Her work in the entertainment industry continued for decades under a NAFTA Investor Visa in Los Angeles, and environs with her catering company Amazing Graze. Her resort community Real Estate business Cabin Ready operated to the point of her untimely arrest.

Francisco has also worked in the publishing industry. Along the way, she landed a job with writer Sidney Sheldon as a proofreader and fan mail response writer. That experience and her tenure in publishing helped shape her own voice.

Her work as a photographer in Toronto and California in the early '90s landed her backstage access to Cirque du Soleil and one of her first print credits. She has sold and/or shown photographic works in galleries on the Big Island of Hawaii, in Los Angeles and Toronto. The book is filled with her raw and captivating vector artwork, a visual storyboard to her harrowing journey through the "Incarcer Nation."

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Francisco is the adoptive mother of two children and a Chihuahua named Piglet. They currently reside in Ottawa, Ontario.

Good Girl's Guide to County Jail

176 pages.

Hardcover, $29.99; ISBN:  978-1-4602-8477-3

Softcover, $27.99; ISBN:  978-104602-8478-0

E-book, $8.99; ISBN:  978-1-4602-8479-7

Publication date: October 27, 2017

Published by Scribbles and Ink Publishing/Friesen Press

Available at https://books.friesenpress.com/store/title/119734000025993982; www.scribblesandinkpublishing.com; http://www.amazon.com; and www.bn.com and booksellers nationwide.

Distributed to the trade by The Ingram Book Company.

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October 2017

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