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Now let's meet novelist Darlene Franklin, author of Beacon of Love, a novel featured in Seaside Romance (three historical romances set in Rhode Island) (Barbour Publishing, August 2010).
Award-winning author and speaker Darlene Franklin recently returned to cowboy country--Oklahoma. The move was prompted by her desire to be close to her son's family; her daughter Jolene has preceded her into glory.
Darlene loves music, needlework, reading and reality tv. Talia, a Lynx point Siamese cat, proudly claims Darlene as her person.
Seaside Romance is Darlene's tenth title with Barbour Publishing. Prodigal Patriot, a historical romance set during the American Revolution, is currently available from Heartsong Presents.
Please tell us five random things we might not know about you.
-- I was born in New Hampshire.
-- Both of my children were born in Arkansas, although I only lived there for 8 months.
-- I played in Maine's all state band for two years.
-- I played Santa Claus in a junior high musical.
-- I love foreign languages.
Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Beacon of Love.
Judith Morrison lives at the lighthouse her father operates on Capernaum Island. When her friend Sam Hathaway returns, will his fears of the sea keep him from reaching her in a hurricane?
What is it about your lead characters that will make your readers care about them?
Both Sam and Judith have very humanizing problems. Sam is terrified of the ocean which killed his father, yet he lives on an island. Judith grew up without a mother, and can't cook the simplest problems. Yet together they overcome the greatest adversity--keeping the lighthouse going during a hurricane.
Why will readers enjoy your novel?
It's an adventure story, it's a story about the sea, my characters have to struggle against terrifying odds.
If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your lead roles?
If she can act as well as she can dance, I would choose Lauren from this season's So You Think You Can Dance to play Judith.
Sam. Hmm. Maybe a younger version of Josh Holloway, with his ability to portray vulnerability and toughness at the same time.
How important to the story is your book's setting?
The setting is essential to the story. The rocky coast demands a lighthouse for the safety of sailors at sea, and the lighthouse is central to the romance.
Choose an inanimate object to represent you. Explain what you have in common with that object.
I could say couch potato, but that would indicate I have poor self-esteem. Hmm. I'm like a video camera. I say little but watch everything.
I like that, Darlene!
What is the last book you read that moved you?
I could have cried for the sheer beauty of Stealing Home by Allison Pittman. I want to write like her when I grow up.
What are you working on now?
I am working on developing a longer book on spec. Soon I'll be diving into Plainsong, the sequel to my first book (Romanian Rhapsody).
Where else can readers find you or your writing online?
They can find me at darlenefranklinwrites.blogspot.com. I'm also a regular contributor at thebookdoctorbd.blogspot.com.
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Thanks, Darlene, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Darlene has offered to give a copy of her novel to the winner of our drawing on Saturday, August 28. To enter, leave a comment for Darlene, below. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.
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