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MEET DARLENE FRANKLIN/SCAVENGER HUNT/LAST STOP
7/17/2016 12:00:01 AM by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

 

WELCOME TO THE CAN AUTHOR’S SCAVENGER HUNT. WHERE YOU WILL MEET AMAZING AUTHORS AND SIGN UP TO RECEIVE FREE BOOKS. A LUCKY WINNER WILL RECEIVE A GRAND PRIZE OF GREAT READING MATERIAL! THIS IS THE LAST STOP! BE SURE YOU HAVE STARTED AT THE LINK BELOW AND FINISH HERE. YOU WILL BE DIRECTED TO THE NEXT STOP BY EACH AUTHOR.

 

http://christianauthorsnetwork.com/newreleases/

YOUR CLUE WORD IS SOMEWHERE IN THIS BLOG. 

PLEASE WELCOME DARLENE FRANKLIN AS MY GUEST.

 

 

 

TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF

My name is Darlene Franklin, and I write mostly historical romance while I write in a nursing home. I also write devotionals—my giveaway for you today—and mysteries. I’m a happy grandma with a wonderful son and daughter as well as three lovely granddaughters and one grandson.

WHEN DID YOU KNOW YOU WANTED TO BE A WRITER?

In my ten year old diary, I listed “writer” as one of my dream jobs—along with missionary, musician, detective, and doctor. But I began writing daily in the wake of my divorce 25 years ago. God taught me so much during that time that I had to write about it. Then I began writing romance and never stopped.

BRIEFLY DESCRIBE YOUR WRITING JOURNEY?

I began writing in 1991; my first book (Romanian Rhapsody) didn’t come until 2005. Why did I ever keep writing? God wouldn’t let me stop. Every time I’d ask, God would tell me “not yet.” (He keeps doing the same thing! Every time I consider stopping, God sends me another contract.)

In between, I wrote, daily, joined a twice-monthly critique group, took classes and attended writer’s conferences. ACFW wasn’t around then. I learned how to write, made contacts with other writers and editors. Slowly writing credits and my reputation grew. Eventually, I landed that all important first book contract.

WHAT SPIRITUAL MESSAGE IS FOUND IN YOUR STORY?

In addition to 3-Minute Cat Lover’s Devotions for a Cat Lover’s Heart, I’m giving away a copy of Matchmaker Mixup. The spiritual lesson looks at deception—from both the standpoint of the deceiver and the deceived.

HOW HAS GOD USED ANY HUMOROUS EVENT TO TEACH YOU A LIFE LESSON?

I have a hard time with humor—my entire family is “humor-challenged.” However, God has used me to write three humorous cozy mysteries and even humorous, light-hearted romantic novellas, including my most recent release, Matchmaker Mix-up.

But God has often put me in a position to write humor at a point my life is darkest. My daughter Jolene committed suicide eight years ago. I was under deadline to complete my second cozy mystery. The irony didn’t escape me.

But the truth is, writing humor was the best gift God could have given to me. Writing in general, and lighthearted stories in particular, help me escape from the pain that threatened to drown me. God gave me a lifeline, a buoy to keep me afloat when I was thinking.

TELL US ABOUT THE BOOKS YOU ARE GIVING AWAY?

3-Minute Devotions for Cat Lovers has 180 readings (5 are mine) about the funny life lessons we learn from our feline companions. Also, I am giving away my book Laws of Love in Texas with the grand prize package. 

Matchmaker Mixup is a short historical romance. Twin Pippin Cortland attends the homecoming dance, pretending to be her sister Margil. The problems start when she falls in love with her date. It was difficult to write, but it turned out lighthearted and funny.

WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST CLAIM TO FAME?

Best-selling author Darlene Franklin’s greatest claim to fame is that she writes full-time from a nursing home. She is an active member of Oklahoma City Christian Fiction Writers, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Christian Authors Network. YOUR CLUE WORD IS:     book. (Don’t forget the punctuation) She has written over forty novels and novellas and contributed to forty more.

WHERE CAN READERS FIND YOU?

Website and blog

Facebook

Amazon author page

Twitter: @darlenefranklin

 

THANK YOU DARLENE FOR STOPPING BY. PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT TO BE ENTERED FOR HER GIVEAWAYS!

 

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Comments

Darlene Franklin From Oklahoma City At 7/23/2016 8:32:38 PM

Linda, It turned into a cute story. Thanks for your interest.

Darlene Franklin From Oklahoma City At 7/23/2016 8:31:20 PM

Susan, I was glad to be part of the scavenger hunt.

Darlene Franklin From Oklahoma City At 7/23/2016 8:29:16 PM

Carol, I love cute cat stories too. We can learn a lot from those fantastic felines.

Linda Kish From CA At 7/23/2016 7:39:50 PM

This sounds like a cute story.

Susan Johnson From Odessa, TX At 7/23/2016 6:02:51 PM

Thank you for being part of this scavenger hunt. I would love to win a copy of one of your books.

Carol Edwards From CHILDERSBURG At 7/23/2016 1:45:00 PM

That looks like a cute devotion book.

Darlene Franklin From Oklahoma City At 7/22/2016 5:33:57 PM

Debora, Yes, God works to bring us through dark times. If I''m a ""new"" author to you, hopefully we can get to know each other. :)

Darlene Franklin From Oklahoma City At 7/22/2016 5:32:13 PM

Betti, Barbour has several devotionals based on cats. You might like to check them out if you don''t win. Thanks for stopping by.

Darlene Franklin From Oklahoma City At 7/22/2016 5:30:23 PM

Becky, so glad you enjoyed the interviews. I sometimes wonder if I have anything new to say, so good to new it''s fresh

Darlene Franklin From Oklahoma City At 7/22/2016 5:28:50 PM

Joan, Glad to speak with you! Good luck in the drawing.

Joan Arning From Farmington At 7/22/2016 4:10:40 PM

I have read several of Darlene''s books!

Debora Wilder From Salinas, CA At 7/22/2016 3:21:53 PM

Your books sound wonderful. It always amazes me how God can use humor to bring healing in the darkest times. Thanks for the chance to win.

Betti From Alexandria, MN At 7/22/2016 2:52:37 PM

So glad you joined the scavenger hunt Darlene. I would love to win the book about cats. My daughter has a kitty and, who knows, this book might bring her back to the Lord. Thanks so much for the giveaway.

Becky Smith From Kansas City At 7/22/2016 1:18:41 PM

I am familiar with Darlene. Always enjoy your interviews! Thanks for being part of this Scavenger Hunt! I look forward to reading more of your books!

Darlene Franklin From Oklahoma City At 7/22/2016 12:51:43 PM

Beth, how funny! :)

Darlene Franklin From Oklahoma City At 7/22/2016 12:51:43 PM

Beth, how funny! :)

Beth Rumbaugh From Spur, TX At 7/22/2016 11:06:51 AM

Receiving 3-Minute Devotionals for Cat Lovers would be the cat''s meow.

Darlene Franklin From Oklahoma City At 7/21/2016 7:22:55 PM

Karen, and so are you

Karen Hadley From Ardmore, OK. At 7/21/2016 3:44:20 PM

You are such a joy Darlene!

Darlene Franklin From Oklahoma At 7/20/2016 7:17:56 PM

Carla, glad to meet you! I hope you get one of the wins.

Carla Kersey From Fort Worth, TX At 7/20/2016 2:39:25 PM

Thanks for participating in the scavenger hunt and a bonus to win your book! I''ve had a great time learning about ''new'' authors. I''ve added quite a few titles to my ''to read'' list. Have my fingers crossed that I am a winner!

Darlene Franklin From Oklahoma City At 7/20/2016 12:06:48 PM

Caryl, thanks for your interest. Glad you''ve enjoyed the scavenger hunt.

Darlene Franklin From Oklahoma City At 7/20/2016 12:04:54 PM

Melissa, glad you''ve enoyed the interviews.

Caryl Kane From Texas At 7/20/2016 10:04:40 AM

Great interview! I have enjoyed meeting these authors during this fun scavenger hunt!

Melissa Graham From Hindsville, AR At 7/20/2016 9:44:11 AM

I always enjoy the interviews with the authors. It gives all of us a chance to get to know the people who write our favorite books.

Darlene Franklin From Oklahoma City At 7/19/2016 1:02:20 PM

Cheryl, thanks for sticking it out through the hunt! Good to say hi.

Darlene Franklin From Oklahoma City At 7/19/2016 1:00:50 PM

Angie, I hope you get to read one or more of my books.

Cheryl From Georgia At 7/19/2016 11:02:52 AM

Fun scavenger hunt and meeting some fabulous new (to me) authors!

Angie Carroll From Burlington wi At 7/18/2016 9:48:02 PM

Your books sound interesting.

Darlene Franklin From Oklahoma At 7/18/2016 2:19:44 PM

Rhonda, thanks for coming by

Darlene Franklin From Oklahoma At 7/18/2016 2:19:00 PM

Deana, I write with passion? Thanks for the compliment.

Darlene Franklin From Oklahoma At 7/18/2016 2:18:05 PM

Rebecca, I''m allergic to cats myself, but I lived with them anyhow. A doctor recent told me stay far, far away from them!

Darlene Franklin From Oklahoma At 7/18/2016 2:17:06 PM

Lucy, thanks for the interest.

Darlene Franklin From Oklahoma At 7/18/2016 2:16:19 PM

Delores, thank you for encouraging me.

Darlene Franklin From Oklahoma At 7/18/2016 2:15:41 PM

Thanks for hosting me, Linda!

Linda Rondeau From Jacksonville At 7/18/2016 5:59:27 AM

Thank you Darlene for your courage in the face of adversity.

Delores Liesner From Racine At 7/17/2016 11:37:22 PM

You are an inspiration to all of us!

Delores Liesner From Racine At 7/17/2016 11:37:10 PM

You are an inspiration to all of us!

Lucy Reynolds From WV At 7/17/2016 10:27:53 PM

Thank you for the chance. God bless!

Rebecca From At 7/17/2016 8:56:25 PM

I love cats, but my husband is allergic. Your books sound great!

Rebecca F From Colorado At 7/17/2016 8:55:38 PM

I love cats, but my husband is allergic. Your books sound right up my alley.

Deana Dick From Tomball,Texas At 7/17/2016 8:38:46 PM

I love your books. You write with such passion and I can''t put your books down. Thanks for being part of the scavenger hunt.

Rhonda From United States At 7/17/2016 12:41:01 PM

Would love to win. Thanks

Rhonda G From Florida At 7/17/2016 12:31:12 AM

Thanks for the giveaways!

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