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Some of us allow our difficulties (health, finances, etc.) to keep us from pursuing our dreams. That’s certainly not true for our guest today! Darlene Franklin doesn’t let her health keep her from a successful writing career. I’m happy to have her back to visit with us again today. Her newest novella is part of a collection, Old West Christmas Brides, which also includes novellas from Margaret Brownley, Rosey Dow, Marcia Gruver, Vickie McDonough, and Debra Ullrick. Before we visit with Darlene, let’s take a quick peek at her story.
Lucy Ames’ dreams come true when her sharp shooting makes her the star act of Major Paulson’s Wild West Show in 1891. Gordon Paulson is traveling with his parents for one last season before accepting a teaching position at West Texas Christian College. As Lucy’s and Gordon’s love for each other grows, will God weave their gifts and dreams into a single calling?
Welcome back, Darlene! Who is your favorite secondary character in this latest novella, and do you think you’ll include that character in a future story?
I have written very few sequels to novellas, but I enjoyed this one so much, that I’m already writing the sequel. Georgina Lord is the hero’s widowed stepsister who lives in another state. She has a big heart, she understands her brother better than anyone else—and now she’s encountered her brother’s best man. The man who’d abandoned her after her father refused him the house.
She sounds like a woman with a story to tell! Did you have a favorite story/book as a child? Why was it a favorite?
Certain titles stand out. Oh, I read The Cat In the Hat books enough to memorize them. But I also went around chanting “hundreds of cats, thousands of cats, millions and billions and trillions of cats” and read Make Way for Ducklings until it was dog-eared.
There’s a good reason those books became classics. 😉 If you could live during the time period of your novella, would you? Why or why not?
I’d like to drop in for a visit. I don’t know if I could adjust to it, after living in the comfort of the 21st century. But I love writing about it, and I’d like to experience it at least once. Nothing sounds snugger and more welcoming than a log cabin in Colorado’s mountains.
That’s very true, even with our modern comforts. Can you share (briefly) about something you feel the Lord has been teaching you recently?
I recently celebrated my birthday and asked God what my words were for this coming year. They came immediately: confidence (Yeah!) and obedience (yeah, I know.) I’d been studying Noah, amazed by how he did everything God commanded, no questions added.
I wrote about a poem about the two words:
Obedience and Confidence
Words to build a life on
Only because God’s always true
His purpose sure—foregone
When God speaks, I’ll obey at once
Life with elan
Obey, and God will follow through
I will choose to go on
Noah’s obedience is particularly remarkable considering they’d never seen rain before the flood. Yet without understanding why, he did as God told him and built that huge ark. Oh, to be that readily obedient! How did your education or previous career impact your journey to publication and where you are now?
That was another interesting thing God showed me recently. I was originally on a path to a career in music, potentially music theory, when I switched to Christian ed. If I had finished my first degree I might have become: a teacher, a song writer, a performer. Well, I’m a teacher. I write poems (and songs) and I continue to play and sing in church. What a confirmation that I’m where God intended me to be all along!
My years in teaching gave me greater comfort with words, and with people. I have written curriculum for Sunday school in the past and now for home schoolers. Before my non-writing career, I worked in several office settings. I grew comfortable relating to people who didn’t believe as I did. I learned how to share my faith without fear or offense. Those were important skills in growing in ministry and confidence.
Isn’t it awesome how God takes all those pieces and experiences and fashions them together to complete His work in our lives?! Speaking of work, can you give any hints about what you’re working on now?
A few things: I’m working on personalized poetry – check it out at https://www.facebook.com/Poetry-Just-For-You-by-Darlene-Franklin-731269013871753/
I’m also working on a year-long writing curriculum for home schooled high school students, Writing for Life. I’m closing in on completion of the first unit. Hurrah!
Next up on my fiction schedule is Georgina’s romance, as I mentioned.
What a fun variety you have on your plate right now. Thanks for taking the time to visit with us today, Darlene!
Your turn! If you could visit a log cabin in the Colorado mountains for a week, would you prefer to have all the modern conveniences, or would you like to visit a more rustic cabin?
More about Darlene:
Best-selling Amazon and ECPA author Darlene Franklin’s greatest claim to fame is that she continues to write from a nursing home. She keeps going because God keeps giving her more assignments. She’s written more than fifty-five fiction and nonfiction books, including Pray Through the Bible in a Year and Lucy Ames, Sharpshooter in Old West Christmas Brides in addition the feature book. Check out a complete list of my books at https://amzn.to/2MNlRLn and keep up with me online at https://www.facebook.com/DarleneFranklinFun/, Twitter @darlenefranklin and https://www.pinterest.com/authorDarlene/
Old West Christmas Brides Giveaway:
Darlene has generously offered to give away a copy of Old West Christmas Brides as well as a special “Darlene Franklin journal” to one winner! Giveaways are subject to the Giveaway Policy.