Franc and Lauren live at the guest house here in Portland as she and Franc are relocating to Portland. They have been living in Alaska while Lauren has been completing her Masters in Creative Writing. She is originally from New Jersey. Her father's family lives in Asheville, NC and she spent many many years there as a child. She also attended UNCG - University of North Carolina - Greensboro.
Franc is originally from China. He and Lauren met at the Asheville Mall on Tunnel Road around Halloween of 2007 while she was visiting with her Dad and stepmother. Lauren found him irresistible. So there we were: Lauren, Franc and I, in the kitchen, at the guest house talking about Asheville, Mars Hill, Marshall and various other local Asheville places. She remembers when there was no 240 bypass. How about that for a connection?