Welcome to Wednesday! Today our guest is Darlene Franklin, a novelist, magazine article writer, and poet. Let’s get to know her. Our first question, what do you love most about the writing process? The least?
Darlene: I love brainstorming! I love the fun of starting with a premise and finding the right setting, conflicts, and characters to match. It’s just plain fun for me and relatively easy. I also love having a manuscript finally written. There’s nothing more satisfying than having a finished copy of my books, the joy of seeing my story come to life. To read it and think, “You know, this is pretty good! I didn’t realize I had done such a good job.” (That’s not always the case, but when it is…)
The rest-writing, editing, marketing, is all time-consuming work. I have the hardest time with marketing.
Marketing seems to be tricky for all of us. Next question: If you could give a novice writer one piece of advice, what would it be?
Darlene: Beyond the basics of all basics, a writer must read, read, read and write, write, write. I would tell them not to compare themselves to other writers. Learn from them. Study writing you admire. Incorporate good writing techniques in your writing. But know this: no one else can write your stories. You can give two different authors the exact same premise. I promise you, their stories will be radically different.
The other side to that is that the writers you work with have a huge impact on your writing. When I look at lists of comparable writers, I’m often paired with writers that I worked with extensively toward the beginning of my career.: Susan Page Davis, Lynette Sowell, Lena Nelson Dooley, Mary Conneally.
Great advice! Final question, were you a young writer, late-bloomer, or somewhere in-between?
Darlene: All of them. I wrote as a child and young adult, then began writing seriously in my thirties but didn’t have my first book published until I was 50. Now I’m 65 and expect to see 75 books in print this year.
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Darlene Franklin Bio:
Darlene Franklin is a warrior woman who happens to live in a nursing home. She lives in Oklahoma City near her son’s family. Ms. Franklin is a prolific novelist, magazine writer, and poet. She expects to publish book #75 this year. Her most recent books include Coffee Club Mysteries, Drummer’s Angel, and the newly released, In God’s Hands.
God wants a relationship with us. He describes himself as having eyes, ears—hands. His hands flung the universe in place and crafted our bodies. They protect us and shelter us—they also discipline us. The thirty-nine poems in In God’s Hands celebrate those hands from many different angles, in poems such as:
- God as Judge
- Healing Hands
- Written on the Palms of God’s Hands
- How Big is God?
- Hands of Promise