Francine Pascal (May 13, 1938— ) is an American author best known for creating the Sweet Valley series of novels; she is credited as their author, although the majority of the books were written by ghostwriters. Her other notable books include Caitlin, a three-part miniseries which follows a teenage girl into adulthood; and the series Fearless and Fearless: FBI, about a girl who does not feel fear.
Fearless was optioned by the WB but, after shooting a pilot starring actress Rachael Leigh Cook, the company shelved the adaptation. Sweet Valley High was adapted into a successful television series, of which Pascal was a producer. In addition to her work for teenagers, Pascal has written a Broadway musical with John Znidarsic. She also has written the adult fiction book The Villa.