Francine McEwen, a resident of Manchester, Maine, is a retired manufacturing manager and training consultant who worked for many years at Digital Equipment in Augusta. Inspired by fond memories of a special-needs child, Francine wrote the children’s book Billy Big Ears and Bob the Bully based on her belief that all bullying starts with hurtful words—verbal abuse. She is a strong supporter of the “stand up against bullying” movement, and is frequently invited to speak to school classes and other groups. Billy Big Ears shows both sides of the issue and how kids could work together to eliminate it. When not writing or doing book signings and readings, Francine designs and delivers what she describes as “healing workshops” on topics that range from bullying to managing change.