Author bio:Award-winning author and speaker Darlene Franklin recently returned to cowboy country—Oklahoma—to be near family. She recently signed the contract for her twelth book. This fall she is celebrating the repacking of her Rhode Island romance in Seaside Romance and her third novella anthology, Face of Mary in A Woodland Christmas. Visit Darlene’s blogs at www.darlenefranklinwrites.blogspot.com and http://thebookdoctorbd.blogspot.com
1) Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth.
Would I be at my computer if I was in the bathroom?! I’m in my study, wearing rose slacks and a sleeveless flowered tank top. At least I’m dressed! I put off dressing until I’ve been at work for awhile. If you had sent the questions this morning, I might have been in my bathrobe.
2) I live in an area that was detrimental to winning the war. So this time period is very interesting to me. We live only minutes from Kings Mountain (where the Scots turned to the side of the Americans) and less than an hour away from Cowpens, SC. What made you want to write revolutionary?
I was aiming to sell a three-book series of historical romances set in Vermont to Heartsong Presents as they closed out their 50 states series. I wouldn’t say I wanted to write a revolutionary story so much as one found me. I ran across a marvelous folk tale about Ann Storey, who hid in a cave with her family during the Revolutionary War and kept farming their land in defiance of Tory and Indian opposition. Her experience suggested the story of Sally Reid, my heroine.
3) What thing surprised you the most when you were researching the revolutionary war?
How much I didn’t know! Starting with the fact there were two battles for Fort Ticonderoga.
4) Many writers will say they see stories all around them. Is there someplace you found this story?
Covered bridges! I wanted an iconic image of Vermont for my three books, so I chose covered bridges. When I researched the state’s history, I found three incidents (Ann Story; the history of Egypt, Vermont during the Year Of No Summer; and St. Albans’ Raid, the northernmost battle of the Civil War) that inspired stories about three generations of the same Vermont family. They all have connection to a covered bridge, although it’s not clear in this first book.
5) Do you have a favorite scene in this book and what would it be?
Hmm. Perhaps towards the end, where Josiah is forced to make his final decision between his father (who is a Tory) and the woman he loves.
6) Did anyone inspire you to write or was this something you always wanted to do?
I always wanted to write, although I’ve had a number of encouragers along the way.
7) If you could be any character in any literary book who would you be and why?
I’d love to be Miss Marple! A whiz of a knitter and a sleuth and gardener extraordinaire. Not to mention the get-up-and-go of that 80 year old!
8) What is something that very few people know about you?
My college roommate (who has known me 30+ years) didn’t know this about me until last night. I love dance. I love the medium that bypasses words and goes straight for the heart. I’m a huge fan of So You Think You Can Dance (if you like watching dance at all, you HAVE to watch the show). It’s my weekly period of refreshment for my artist’s soul.
Odd, for a woman who trades in words! As is my enjoyment of unscripted reality TV.
9) What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair)
I’ve lost my daughter and my mother within the last two years. So I will find some small thing that reminds me of them, and cry. Most recently it was a key ring from Royal Gorge in Colorado; Jolene (my daughter) paid for our vacation and we had an amazing time. Seeing the key ring brought back the happy memories ... and renewed my sense of loss.
Sally Reid’s family decides on a dangerous course when the Tories of Maple Notch, Vermont, chase Patriot families off their land. They live in a cave and farm their land by moonlight.
When Josiah Tuttle discovers their secret and offers to help, Sally doesn’t know if she can trust him. After all, Josiah’s father is one of the Tories who forced her family into hiding.
The Tuttles have already lost one son to the hated Patriot cause. How can Josiah both honor his grieving father and protect the woman he loves? When called upon to take a stand, which side will he choose? How can Sally and Josiah battle through the barriers separating them to love and forgiveness?