Sunday, September 2, 2012

Please Welcome Darlene Franklin


Thanks for joining us today Darlene. 
Is there a story behind A Bride’s Rogue in Roma, Texas?

I was drawn to Roma as one of several towns in Texas with the names of European capitols. This story came together from two separate facts:  I discovered that Roma, Texas, was the westernmost port of the steamboat traffic on the Rio Grande; and a woman was licensed a steamboat pilot in 1894.  I knew I had the beginnings of my story!

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why?

My rogue, naturally! I couldn’t imagine a steamboat without games of chance, so I made my hero, Ike Gallagher, the man in charge of that part of the business. My heroine is attracted to him and horrified by what he does at the same time. I enjoyed the challenge of drawing this agnostic card shark to a responsible man of God in a believable way.

If you were a style of music, what style would you be?

I was a music major in college, so how can I resist this question? In terms of music periods, I would have to say “romantic” (think Beethoven and Brahms and Chopin). I write romance, after all!  I would also compare myself to folk music, music that tells a story. Whether I’m writing a devotion or a full-length story (or even when I’m talking with people), I love to tell stories.

What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?

The very fact I laugh out loud is a blessing. My family was what I call “humor challenged.” That first movie I remember that made me laugh laughing out loud to was A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Forum.  I love physical comedy and quirky characters, like Tony Shaloub’s Monk and Jim Parsons’ Sheldon. I still can’t write humor very well, but I can laugh with it.

What do you like most about the area where you live and/or grew up?

I grew up in Maine and New Hampshire. When I moved to Colorado, I discovered my home-away-from-home. The Rockies spoke to me the same way the ocean did, and I quickly found myself falling in love with the western lifestyle. Now I’m in Oklahoma. I still can’t say I love the geography, but the people are great.

Recently I have gone back to New England in my writing—with the three books of Maple Notch Brides, three generations of a Vermont family, and now three new books called Maple Notch Dreams (scheduled to release in 2013), the same family in the first half of the 20th century. People tell me how realistic my depiction of Vermont is. That’s because I have lived it. I know these people. Their stories are my story, my heritage. I have rediscovered my pride in being part of Colonial America, the strength it took to overcome the harsh environment, the tight-knit communities. . .

And the Atlantic pounding the rocks in front of my parents’ home in East Boothbay, Maine, remains the single most peaceful image in my mind.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?  

I tend to incorporate similar themes into several books in a row, seldom intentionally. Lately I’ve written about heroines who lost their father, such as Blanche’s father in A Bride’s Rogue, Sally’s father in Prodigal Patriot (part of Maple Notch Brides), and Mary Anne’s father in my upcoming Hidden Dreams. I grew up without my father (and my mother died two years ago).  I figure I’ll have processed my grief when I stop feeling compelled to write about it.

I describe my style as “writing at the crossroads of love and grace.” A friend once commented that my characters are wounded. To me, that wound defines the conflict. For Blanche in A Bride’s Rogue, she struggling with the death of her mother and the life-long ache to know her father. But whatever the need, God’s love and grace meets us there. . .and redeems the hurt.

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.
It has to be Romans 8:38-39: For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.    Because like most of us, I have had my share of brushes with all kinds of things that could make me question God’s love. The foundational truth of my life is God loves me no matter what; whatever is happening around or to me, I will not only survive but thrive.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
Postmark: Christmas is also being released on September 1st.  The post office in Christmas, Florida, will postmark any Christmas cards sent through their office with “Merry Christmas!”  Postmark has four Christmas romances with ties to the post office. My co-authors are Paige Winship Dooley, Kathy Kovach, and Paula Moldenhauer.
 
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Darlene Franklin is giving away a copy of  A Bride’s Rogue in Roma, Texas The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

22 comments:

Patricia said...

I would love to read this book. I have a large selection of books with a Texas theme. I am an East Texas Piney Woods Country Girl.

I keep getting reminded that Christmas is right around the corner.
Love Christmas Stories.

Please enter me in the giveaway!

Joy said...

I really like Darlene's books and would love to read this one. And thank you for the interview. I enjoy knowing more about authors, it just fun!
Blessings
Joy ibjoy1953(at)yahoo.com

HomePlace Gatherings said...

Love a good western!

I can relate to the dad thing. I raised two sons on my own. Dad was alive, but not involved, so I saw how it hurt them. The fathers are the ones that miss out on the wonderful children.

Doreen
priviesandprims at yahoo dot com

Wendy Newcomb said...

I'm really looking forward to reading this book. Love the cover.

wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

Darlene Franklin said...

Patricia, have you read the Christmas anthology A Woodland Christmas? It's set in the east Texas piney woods. Check it out at Amazon and stop by my blog for a chance to win a copy this week. Thanks for your interest in A Bride's Rogue!

Darlene Franklin said...

Doreen, it sounds like you and Blanche (my heroine) have a lot in common . . . and Joy, thanks for stopping by and supporting me!

Darlene Franklin said...

Doreen, it sounds like you and Blanche (my heroine) have a lot in common . . . and Joy, thanks for stopping by and supporting me!

Wendy Newcomb said...

Hopefully my comment will show up this time, I left one early this morning but it isn't showing up yet, although there are other ones time stamped after I commented that are showing up. I posted twice on yesterdays contest and just now tried it for a third time.

Love the cover and love these books.

wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

Darlene Franklin said...

Hi Wendy! Thanks for your persistence in leaving comments.

Darlene Franklin said...

Hi Wendy! Thanks for your persistence in leaving comments.

kbailey said...

Would love to read it and get to know you AND the characters better :)

kbailey said...

oops - here is my contact info, Kathy Bailey, zoeboboey@rocketmail.com

sorry! hope you are having a great day!

Darlene Franklin said...

Kathy, Lovely to hear from you! If you want to get to know the way my quirky mind works, check out my blog from time to time. :)

Teela said...

Darlene,
Hey, I was born in OKLA...went to school at East Central in Ada, but lived in COLO for much of my adult life, so I agree with you....OKLA landscapes don't offer much and COLO was soooo beautiful. It's easy to worship God, when you look at His beautiful creation. I would certainly enjoy reading your book. Thanks for the giveaway! Teelayoung@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the interview and contest. The book sounds good. Hope I can win. Maxie ( mac262@me.com )

Liz R said...

I love stories that involve steamboats and can't wait to read this one! I always love a good rogue and can't wait to meet Ike!

ecriggs1990(at)aol(dot)com

Darlene Franklin said...

Teela, great insight about OK and CO! Liz, I love my rogue (no wonder my heroine fell for him). And Maxie, thanks for stopping by!

apple blossom said...

thanks for chance to win
ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Merry said...

Rogue's are always wonderful heros, I look forward to reading A Bride's Rogue in Roma, Texas.
worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

Amy Campbell said...

Thank you so much for sharing! Would love love love to read this book.

campbellamyd at gmail dot com

Jes said...

Thanks for the interview and giveaway!

Jes
jswaks at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I know where Christmas, FL is but have never been there and I only live about 2 hours away.
My husband and I went to the North Pole several years ago. North Pole, Alaska, that is.
Looking forward to reading "A Bride's Rogue in Roma, Texas.
Janet.
von1janet@gmail.com

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