Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Welcome Author Darlene Franklin!

Welcome author Darlene Franklin!

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 has written over thirty books and has written more than 250 devotionals. Her historical fiction ranges from the Revolutionary War to World War II, from Texas to Vermont. Visit Darlene on Facebook.
Welcome to PASTimes. Tell us a little about what you write.

I write mostly historical Christian romance, as well as some contemporary, both full-length and novellas. I also write a lot of devotionals, and look forward to publishing my first book, A Reader’s Journey Through Matthew, in February.

Are you a full-time writer or do you hold a day job? What is the biggest challenge/obstacle you face in protecting your writing time?

I am a full-time writer, in that I don’t have a day job, and I spend the majority of my days, from 10-7, writing. I live in a nursing home and have health issues that may interfere. But my biggest challenge, aside from the occasional bouts of ill health, is myself! I am often tempted to postpone work or get sidetracked on writing-related but not productive activities.

What historical time periods interest you the most and how have you immersed yourself in a particular time period?

I have written about a variety of historical time periods, perhaps the most in the 1890s. Modern Oklahoma history began with the 1889 land run, and the 1890s were a period of technological advancement and hope. How do I immerse in that time period? I don’t know that I do. I use the internet to check out fashions, inventions, products, popular songs and books, historical tidbits, as well as slang, and weave those into my stories.

Introduce us briefly to the main characters in your most recent book.

In Priceless Pearl, my novella in Homestead Brides, I named my hero and heroine after two of my ancestors: Rick Eady and America Barton. Rick grew up poor but knows everything about farming to make a success of the Oklahoma land run. America’s family lost everything in the 1893 financial crisis and Oklahoma represents a new start. (Oklahoma had a total of five land runs.) Rick barters practical help with America’s schooling when they meet.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on my Valentine’s story, My Candy Valentine, and the devotional book I mentioned above. They both should be published in February.

A reader once asked me this question, and I thought it was a good one. Is there ever a time when you feel like your work is truly finished and complete?

Probably not. I had a friend who said a book is only finished when your editor takes it out of your hands. However, I have learned to trust the process. I write a first draft, edit it once in depth, a second time for mistakes and smooth writing, and a final time after I receive it back from the editor.

Describe your workspace. 

My laptop sits on top of a roll around table in my room, and either my TV or my roommate’s is on (sometimes both). A small space, but it works.

Describe your dream workspace.

I’d love to have room for a bookcase and the writing resource books I used to own. And I’d like more privacy from time to time.

If you could be a character from your favorite historical novel, who would you be?

How about Elisa Lindheim, an ongoing character in the Thoenes’ Zion Covenant books?

What is the biggest misconception the general public has about authors?

That we’re rich and famous.

What is the biggest misconception beginning writers have about being published?

Their rush to publish—self-publishing is increasingly popular (hey, I’m doing it!), but my heart breaks when someone who hasn’t mastered the craft publishes a story.

What would you like readers to gain from reading your books?

I hope they enjoy the story! Beyond that, I hope they learn more of faith in God’s enduring love, regardless of the circumstances.

Thanks for joining us here on Favorite PASTimes. Any final words for readers or writers?

Keep reading and writing! Take the time to enjoy it.

For the chance to win a copy of Darlene's book Homestead Brides, please enter via the Rafflecopter drawing below. Also, for a chance to win one of these Christmas ebooks, see the following Rafflecopter entry.


Christina Spicuzza said...

I would love to be able to go back in time and homestead for land. My hubby always tells me how he thinks that I would have been such a great woman to have if we were back in time. I would want to go to Texas. I have visited Texas a couple times and loved it!
Darlene! Great to see you on another blog!!! I love your books! I'm sooooo hoping to win the Homestead Brides collection and Christmas Visitors. I loved "An Apple for Christmas" and your Heartsong books!
Thanks for an amazing giveaway ladies!!!!

Darlene Franklin said...

Wow, Cristina, I love your enthusiasm! I hope you win one or the books.

susanlulu said...

I think I'd like to homestead in Nebraska, since I've never been there. I love visiting new places. I have been to the 2 other states mentioned.

Sharon Timmer said...

I would pick Nebraska because it is one of the few states I have never been to

Darlene Franklin said...

I have been through Nebraska...I think. I've even spent a night in Kansas (not one of the choices) and lived in Texas and Oklahoma. Good choices, ladies!

Becky said...

I think I'd pick Nebraska since that's where my Grandma's family is from, but it might be pretty harsh, too!

Carla Olson Gade said...

Great interview, Darlene!

Darlene Franklin said...

Becky, I'm not sure I could make it homesteading either. It's funny, because all those ancestry records indicate a lot of them were farmers.

Darlene Franklin said...

And thanks, Carla!

Jennifer said...

Hi Darlene, Texas would be a state that I would have liked to try and earned land ! Not sure why other than to see if I could have done it with God's help of course.

jennydtipton at gmail dot com

Laurean Brooks said...

Texas wins, hands down for me. I've traveled through four times to visit my son when he lived in McAllen. Texarkana is beautiful. Green pastures, white fences with horses inside, and forests. You can inhale the beauty.

I'd love to win a copy of this book, Darlene. You are one of my favorite authors.

Darlene Franklin said...

Jennifer, Texas is a land of a thousand views. You could read and write about Texas forever and never run out of stories. (I've written several.)

Darlene Franklin said...

Laurean, you make me blush. I'm glad you enjoy my works! East Texas is gorgeous country. In fact, Bethlehem, Texas, the setting of Christmas Visitors, is near Tyler in the East Texas Piney Woods.

Elizabeth Dent said...

Hey Darlene , love your books and woukd love to win one . I don't know whether I could make in homesteading or not .. I love all the stories about homesteading .

Kelly Youngblood said...

I think I would choose Nebraska. Not sure why, but it is closest to Missouri, where I did some of my growing up.
Blessings and Happy New Year!
Kelly Y
Kelly at dkcountryarts DOT com

Darlene Franklin said...

Hi, Liz! I wonder if those pioneers feared homesteading as much as we do . . . but they did it.

Darlene Franklin said...

Kelly, Nebraska is good. I never thought of Nebraska and Missouri together--would make a great setting!

Jennifer said...

I've read several and have enjoyed getting the tour! :)

Crystal @ Serving Joyfully said...

I think it would have been so neat to have done that :) As for which state, I have no idea! Too tough of a I've always thought it would be neat though.

Patty said...

I'm not really familiar with any of these states, but if I had to pick randomly I would say Oklahoma=)


Danie Walther said...

Hi Darlene,
It has been a joy to get too know more about you. And I would have to say that I would love too live in TX. because I've never actually been there I've only have driven through and it seam to take hours upon hours. But I've heard the people are super friendly :). I would absolutely love to read your book. I love reading. Putting a book down for me is hard when it's a good one.

Thank for doing the giveaway.

Darlene Franklin said...

Jennifer, glad you're enjoying the tour! Several more blog posts will be coming up, both from me as well as the other authors.

Darlene Franklin said...

Crystal, I might not have chosen any one of the states listed but headed for Wyoming instead. After all, it was the first state to give women the right to vote.

Darlene Franklin said...

Patty, if you ever make it to Oklahoma, stop by for a visit!

Darlene Franklin said...

Danie, You're absolutely right, Texans are very friendly, as are most westerners I've met.

Deanna Stevens said...

I'd pick Nebr. It may have cold, cold winters but the rest of the seasons are nice.. .. I was born in and still live in Nebraska... Would enjoy reading this book! dkstevensneAToutlookDoTCoM

Darlene Franklin said...

Deanna, we could learn a lot from you about Nebraska! Thanks for entering the contest.

Pat Jeanne Davis said...

Hi Darlene,
Enjoyed the interview and getting to know you here and to learn more about your writing. God bless you as you write for Him.

Darlene Franklin said...

Thanks for coming by, Pat.

Lori Daley said...

I would have to say Oklahoma definitely. I have always wanted to visit there and find it very intriguing!