So, Darlene, tell us a bit about yourself.
I’ve spent some time recently on Amazon’s best seller lists, but my greatest claim to fame is that I write from a nursing home. It’s near my son and his family, which is the biggest benefit. I play piano at church services here, read good books, memorize scripture, play an occasional game of Bingo. . .and write.
Wow! And speaking of writing...Congratulations on your new releases! What are your stories about?
I had two Christmas compilations release in September: Face of Mary in A Texas Christmas and Jacob’s Christmas Dream in Christmas Mail Order Angels.
Face of Mary is a reimagining of the story of Joseph and Mary. Mary “Polly” Jessup has imagined herself engaged to Joey Carpenter ever since he made a passing remark at his sister’s 13th birthday party. Years later, he comes home—with a fiance on his arm.
Jacob’s Christmas Dream is a mail-order bride story. Jake Underwood hoped to marry by the time he was thirty, and he’s passed that point. A group of men from Angel Vale gather together to find brides from Jake’s home town, Merville, Maine. Becky Patterson accepts his proposal—until she learns he’s a part-time preacher. She came to Wyoming to escape her father’s parsonage.
You can't go wrong with Texas in my book, and I do love me some mail-order bride stories. Where did you get the inspiration?
Both stories have threads from Bible stories. Face of Mary is obvious. It’s in the East Texas Piney Woods, and included a wandering woodcarver. Gabe asks Joey to paint the nativity figures he’s carving. Joey can’t decide how to paint Mary’s face and looks for a woman who reminds him of Jesus’ mother.
Do you have a favorite scene(s) in the book(s)? If so, can you tell us a bit about it(them)?
In Face of Mary, I love the scenes surrounding the heirloom dishes Polly is forced to sell to repay the money her father mistakenly took from the bank. In Jacob’s Christmas Dream, I like the opening scene, in the prologue, when Jake’s friend Thomas comes up with the mail-order bride scheme and he agrees to help.
Those do sound interesting. Thanks for the peek. :) What do you plan to work on next?
Several different things. I am finishing up a book of devotionals from Matthew for the advent season. I’m also planning for two books: a novella about a tea party that I’ll start right away, and a mystery that I want to write during NANO next month.
My next two books will be both be released in November: An Advent Journey through Matthew and Tobogganing for Two.
Where can readers connect with you? Where can readers buy your book(s)?
Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Darlene-Franklin/e/B001K8993A/
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Last but not least, apart from writing, what is your favorite creative outlet?
Music! I still get to play piano for church services here, and I love to sing. I was a musician long before I was a writer.