I'd like to welcome Darlene Franklin. She's giving away a copy of her book, A Woodland Christmas. Be sure to leave a comment to be entered in the drawing.
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.
I am in my study wearing a long sun dress, and longing for bed.
2) What thing surprised you the most when you were researching your book?
I didn’t have any big research surprises in this book. I probably spent the most time researching china patterns from the1880s and found a lovely flowing blue-on-white collection called “Flow Blue.”
3) Many writers will say they see stories all around them. Is there someplace you found this story?
I found this story in the love story of Mary and Joseph. Joey Carpenter jokingly asks Polly Jessup to marry him when she’s 13 and he’s leaving for college. Only she takes him seriously and waits. The story starts when he comes home.
4) Do you have a favorite scene in this book and what would it be?
I enjoyed the scenes with the woodcarver, Gabe Noell. He’s the one who urges Joey to look for a woman with a character like the biblical Mary to be his model for Mary’s face.
5) Did anyone inspire you to write or was this something you always wanted to do?
Not really and no. I have always written to some extent, but didn’t pursue it seriously until after my divorce. At that point, I began writing every day. That’s been 19 years ago now. A long time to pursue a dream!
6) If you could be any character in any literary book who would you be and why?
I’d love to be Samwise Gamgee—loyal and brave and heroic. Of course, I’d just as soon avoid the trip to Mount Doom.
7) What is something that very few people know about you?
I belonged to the math club in high school. Yes, I was that nerdy.
8) What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair)
I just bought my only custom-made piece of furniture: a lovely golden brown couch with gorgeous tapestry throw pillows. I look at the couch and sigh with pleasure.
Four couples carve a niche for love in the Piney Woods of East Texas. An itinerant woodcarver moves from town to town in the woodlands, delivering “sawdust sermons” that hold even more value than the furniture he crafts. Will the advice he dispenses help four couples find their way to the miracle of love at Christmas? In my novella, The Face of Mary, Mary “Polly” Jessup holds onto a promise of marriage made five years ago, but when Joseph “Joey” Carpenter returns from law school with a new outlook and new girlfriend, her future hopes are dashed.
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