Lisa first encounters her at the Sitting with Dinosaurs show, where she is in a raptor costume. As soon as she notices her, T.R. Francis runs from her and Lisa has to chase her into her dressing room. After she catches up with her, Lisa tells her how she admires her. However, T.R. Francis destroys Lisa's illusions by telling her that she is just an actor hired to pose for the cover, the books are based on market research then written by undervalued and desperate literature majors, and tween novels are written just for profit, much to Lisa's disgust and chagrin.
Behind the Laughter
- T. R. Francis is a parody of J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter book series.
- Funnily enough, Rowling herself had appeared in the show, in the episode "The Regina Monologues".
- In the episode "The Haw-Hawed Couple", Francis appears as an old lady in a picture of the book. However, in the episode "The Book Job", she is shown as an young woman. This is a major inconsistency between the two episodes.
- Alternatively, it can also be seen as a sort of publicity stunt by divulging an entirely different image of the author in order to give readers a different first impression.