Actor turned local Francois Benard holding book reading, signing

Published: Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 04:53 PM.

In 1990, Bénard began writing screenplays; poetry followed in 1993. He finds inspiration for his poetry living at the beach.

Since moving to South Walton 15 years ago, Bernard co-founded the Emerald Coast Philosophical Society and is President of Benard Enterprises, LLC.

Here, he writes most of the time — sometimes poetry and sometimes screenplays — and helps his wife, who is a Realtor.

"I have written all my life," he says. "I have been writing poems since I was young for girlfriends and seriously about 20 years now. I have written more than 2,000 in all. I don't count any more. I used to write a poem a day and put it aside. Now it is time to deliver them."

He has been invited to read twice for students and faculty at FSU.

"I write a lot in the spiritual category. I have about 1,000 in that category. I was raised, trained and educated in religious schools and I'm very much a believer — but not religious. I am extremely spiritual. Even my love poems show spirituality," he said.

When Benard moved to South Walton he thought he would stay maybe three years, but he hasn’t been able to pull himself away..

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