Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Historical Romance Author Darlene Franklin

Hi Darlene! Welcome to the Book Loft. Is there a story behind your novel, Golden Dreams?

I originally envisioned a story set in Victory, Vermont. In thinking about victory in nonmilitary settings, my mind jumped to sports, and from there, to the Olympics. Figure skating is my favorite Olympic event, and the only Winter Olympics held in the United States occurred in February, 1932, in Lake Placid, New York. So I wrote a story about a figure skater sidelined by injury and another striving to be the best in the world in the depths of the Depression.

What’s the last thing you wrote?

I wrote my first ever self-published ebook, Barncastle Memorial. Four of us wrote a Christmas anthology called Christmas at Barncastle Inn. The Barncastle is a time travel B&B, where guests can celebrate a holiday at any year of their choice. We each wrote one more book, published electronically. They haven’t sold all that well, so we’re not writing any more. Memorial, of course, is over Memorial Day weekend, and features two senior citizens. It’s available at http://amzn.to/13phGU7.

Do you believe in writer’s block? If so how often do you get it? How do you fix it?

I don’t call it writer’s block. Instead, I have a fear of the blank page. Sometimes I can’t write a word until I wrap my mind around what I want to happen in that scene. Other times I just start writing and it unfolds.

I struggle with blank pages the most when I start a new book. It starts going more easily when I’m about a quarter of the way through, and it speeds up when I get to the last quarter of the book.   

That's a great way to describe it. Have you ever written fan fiction?

That’s how I started writing as a child. Thirty miles separated me from my best friend. We wrote Star Trek stories in our letters, always leaving the crew in a crucial lurch for the other one to figure out.

Do you ever go back to an old idea long after you abandoned it?

Golden Dreams, for one! I sent a proposal to several publishing houses, which all rejected it. But when Heartsong and I decided to continue the Maple Notch stories, Golden Dreams was a perfect fit.

What’s one genre you have never written, and probably never will?

I can’t imagine writing horror/supernatural. I watch some TV shows and can see the potential for showing the gospel—I applaud those who try. But not for me. I also don’t read it.

How many writing projects are you working on right now?

I was trying to work on two books simultaneously but I just don’t do it well. I sent in my synopsis and three chapters for my next Maple Notch book (tentative title: Third Strike at Love), and I have a week of devotions to write by mid-August. But my focus is on writing a longer historical romance, Colorado Highlands Hearts, on spec. I have several publishers who are interested in seeing a complete manuscript.

That sounds exciting. Are you concerned with spelling and grammar as you write?

No. I am strong in spelling and grammar (I scored 97% on a test at work), although I can’t quote all the rules. When I’m writing my rough draft, I don’t worry about any minor details. Getting the story on paper is the goal.

How do people react when they find out you write?

People fairly often expect that I’m famous, or that I make a lot of money. I am a small fish but I’ll admit that the pond of Christian writers is relatively small.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?

Homefront Dreams, the third book in the Maple Notch Dreams series and the sixth overall set in Maple Notch, Vermont, will come out in January 2014.

Best wishes! And thanks for sharing with us today.

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Darlene Franklin is giving away a copy of Golden Dreams. To be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice—once on each Spotlight post for the author. Please note: The giveaway is for U.S. addresses only.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for having Darlene today. I would love to win her book. It sounds very good. Please put my name in. She sounds like she stays busy. Thanks again.
MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

Wendy Newcomb said...

I'm really looking forward to reading this book, winning it would be great, thank you for the chance.


Anonymous said...

God Bless you Darlene as you write! I am glad you are one of the small fish in the Christian writing pool! It's not quantity, it's QUALITY that counts!


Julie Jarnagin said...

Fun interview!

bonton said...

Hi, Darlene!

So enjoyed your interview - but I don't consider the number of books that you have written as being "small fish". Thanks so much for your contributions to the field of Christian fiction.

I am a fairly recent convert from non-fiction to fiction, & am amazed at the number of wonderful Christian fiction authors available, & the fact that they write to draw others near to the Lord. As the number of authors increase, it's becomes even harder to choose which of their wonderful books I will read next.

Thanks for the opportunity to win one of your books!


Brittany said...

I am thankful for all of you authors who give us clean and enjoyable Christian fiction to enjoy!
Brittany McEuen

sam said...

I also do not read or watch horror/paranormal books/tv. I am also good at grammar and spelling. Good interview. I hope you are out of nursing home and bed sore has healed. Would love to win your book, GOLDEN DREAMS. sharon, CA wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

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