Darlene Franklin’s greatest claim to fame is that she writes full-time from a nursing home. She lives in Oklahoma, near her son and his family, and continues her interests in playing the piano and singing, books, good fellowship, and reality TV in addition to writing. She is an active member of Oklahoma City Christian Fiction Writers, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Christian Authors Network. She has written twenty-seven books, been published in twenty more, and has written more than 200 devotionals. Her historical fiction ranges from the Revolutionary War to World War II, from Texas to Vermont.
Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth.
I am in my room at the nursing home, wearing a bathrobe, and watching the Thunder play the Grizzlies in the semifinals of the NBA playoffs. Where I am doesn’t matter as much as what I’m doing.
Do your characters ever give you surprises when you are writing? Can you give us an example if they do and if they don’t do you know why?
I have a hard time making gruff men believable. They keep trying to be nice. (Example is “the bear,” Sargeant Arnold, in my upcoming Calico Brides.) I also had a character insist her name was Becky and not Leah. I finally gave in to her. (A book that is still in proposal stage)
Many writers will say they see stories all around them. Is there someplace you found this story?
With the two books this month, I started with a place and time: Texas Brides was seeking a ninth novella to go with four Ranger stories and four outlaw stories in the 1870s. The ideal of a Robin Hood type story appealed to me, so I made my heroine a reformed thief who is trying to help Christians do the right thing by the poor.
With Hidden Dreams, I was looking for three stories set in Vermont any time between 1890-1945. I had a 1932 Olympic story in mind, and a story about a female mayor during WWII. When I checked Vermont’s historical timeline, I discovered the worst flood in Vermont’s history occurred in November 1927. To that I added covered bridges (perfect hiding places for muggers), Vermont’s reputation for environmental concerns, and a variation on a movie I read about. You’ll never know it to read the story!
What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair)
That’s easy. A teddy bear that I call “Michael,” one of my last gifts from my daughter before she died.
If you could meet any person alive or dead who would that be and why? (excluding the Lord)
Aside from being reunited with my mother and daughter? For writing, I would love to meet with John Grisham to learn how he handles crossover writing so well (books with clearly Christian themes that are popular in the secular market.) I would love to meet Mother Teresa or Martin Luther King Jr. and soak up their wisdom.
What is the most important thing you learned in school?
How to learn! I also received a solid background in Bible and theology.
What is the funniest, strangest, or most interesting thing you have learned when doing research?
My favorite story involves going to an exhibit on Italians in Denver when I wrote Dressed in Scarlet, which featured an Italian immigrant mechanic. While we walked through the exhibits, I heard elephants trumpeting. I learned that circus elephants helped to deliver coal during the same blizzard I was writing about, and so I added it into my story.
by an exclusive selection of Christian fiction authors—including DiAnn
Mills and Kathleen Y'Barbo—this collection of nine historical romances
will become an instant favorite of fans of inspirational romance. Can
the lonely, the lawful, and the lawless find love in Texas?
You can find Darlene online elsewhere at http://darlenehfranklinwrites.blogspot.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/darlene.franklin.3 .
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