Today we welcome Darlene Franklin, multi-published author, back as she answers some tough questions.
As I mentioned on Tuesday, I met Darlene more than 12 years ago in a local writers group called Jubilee Writers. She was one of the few published authors in the group, which encouraged me, because although I wasn’t published, I was writing and wanting to publish. It’s a joy to watch the career of a “friend” over the years, and her successes urged me to keep going, because if she could do it, so could I. Thank you, Darlene!
Now, for the tough questions:
Tell us about your next book & when is it being published? Why do you write the kind of books you do?
Ah, that question has two answers. My next book, as in the book(s) I am working on, are Sunshine in My Heart which will be published by Barbour in 7 Brides for 7 Mail Order Grooms next year. That’s written, but needs to be edited. I’m almost finished with writing Colorado Columbine, part of Forget Me Not’s American State Flower series. I’m also polishing devotionals for a Barbour book to be published in 2018.
In terms of my next published book, that will be A Taste of Honey in Blue Ribbon Brides in November 2016.
I’ve decided to concentrate on writing historical romance novellas and devotionals for several reasons. Due to my physical limitations and uncertain schedule, I can’t write as much as I want to. I am no longer chasing the elusive big book contract; since my days and years are limited, why not concentrate on what I enjoy and what comes easily? God may change that at any time, but for now that’s my plan. And my editor comes up so many great novella ideas that I can barely keep up.
Tell us the range or the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
By nature, I tend to read mysteries/thrillers. However, I also read historical fiction, some contemporary and women’s fiction. I love sci fi and fantasy, but stay away from series. I also read Christian nonfiction, finishing about one book per day. An occasional memoir, biography, or historical nonfiction.
How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
Once I turned sixty and moved into a nursing home—hehe, I just realized I’m not doing much running, but I do stay extremely busy. Hearing people suffering from dementia screaming obscenities made me decide to stuff my mind with as much of the Bible as I can. I’m memorized 350 verses so far, and I also find prayer a treat instead of a “how do I fill up this time?” practice. I’m not trying to brag. Just grateful that by my age, I’m enjoying the fruits of a life-long dream.
Best-selling author 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 familyShe is an active member of Oklahoma City Christian Fiction Writers, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Christian Authors Network. She has written over fifty books and more than 250 devotionals.