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.
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.
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