3 Questions Wednesday with Darlene Franklin

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.

Wow, you have had an inspiring journey! Thanks for stopping by. Connect with Darlene online, www.darlenefranklin.com, or on her Amazon author page.

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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

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

3 Questions Wednesday with Darlene Franklin

Good morning! It is my pleasure to welcome back multi-published author Darlene Franklin to the Inspired Prompt.

Good morning, Darlene.

Can you describe yourself in three words?

Darlene: I could go all Myers-Briggs and say I’m Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Judging. Or spiritual: I’m a daughter of the king!

Great choices 🙂

Someone offers you a fully-paid writing research trip to any place you desire to go. Where would it be and why?

Darlene: I would like to spend several weeks in Mason County, Kentucky, where my father’s family came from. I’d learn more about myself in the process, and the possibilities for more stories than I can imagine!

Sounds like a wonderful trip.

If someone made a movie of your life, what would be the theme song? 

Darlene: Blessed Assurance.

Hymns make good theme songs. We’re so glad you dropped by, Darlene.

Click to tweet: Five contemporary romances in a box set where furry felines play a part in romance. And you have a chance to win. #giveaway #romance

Readers, Darlene will give away an e-copy of Loves Comes on Kitten Paws, which includes her novella, Of Cash and Cats. 

Love Comes on Kitten Paws

Five contemporary romances where furry felines play a part in romance.

As the attraction continues to grow, can Aamon keep Cady safe as they peel back the layers of lies connected to the two fires? Or will a killer bent on keeping his deadly acts secret send them both to their graves?

In this retelling of the classic fairy tale, Puss ‘n’ Boots, the kitten Max Roy finds in a pair of fisherman’s boots brings him good fortune and love. But the going isn’t easy. When do-gooder Alyvia Bailey meets Max riding a bike and living in a ramshackle fishing shack, she assumes he’s one of the transients she wants to help. She’s puzzled when he refuses pay for working on her project–remodeling a center for those needing a place to stay. Two cats weave in and out as they move forward to a surprising finish and bring love on kitten paws.

Widowed Brandon Woodall’s daughter Olivia wants a mommy and a kitten, in that order, more than anything. Kindergarten teacher Melissa Hewitt is lonely but has given up on falling in love, so she goes to the shelter to adopt a couple of kittens. Melissa and Olivia bond over the kittens, while Brandon falls madly in love with the schoolteacher. By the time she tries to back away, it’s too late. Can Melissa resist her feelings for the man who has invaded her mind and her heart? Can Brandon resist the stunning teacher who has a big heart and a couple of kittens his daughter has fallen in love with?

Animal lover, Zoey Pappas leaves the rat race of Seattle to move to the small town of Leavenworth, Washington to open her new pet grooming salon, Puppy Dooz. Having given up her former dream of acting, she is miffed when her cat, Sofie, is constantly pursued by a theater cat named Valentino. Especially, when his owner, Dawson, runs The Backstage Theater playhouse in town and wants Zoey to audition as his leading lady in the Jane Austen production of Persuasion. Zoey turns him down flat. Come for opening night and find out how a chivalrous cat, a rat named Sir Galahad, and handsome Captain Wentworth, all worked together to PURR-suade Zoey otherwise.

As Kelsey tries to find out who embezzled a hefty sum of money from the animal society, she realizes the murder is related. Aengus and Kelsey discover a love of cats, Corvettes, mystery, and each other.

Best-selling hybrid author Darlene Franklin‘s greatest claim to fame is that she writes full-time from a nursing home. She published her fiftieth book, Mermaid’s Song, in July 2017, and has contributed to more than thirty nonfiction titles. Her column, “The View Through my Door,” appears monthly in two national venues and three regional. You can find Darlene online elsewhere at http://darlenefranklinwrites.com/  

Favorite Genres in Literature



By Jennifer Hallmark

February is going to be a thought-provoking month for the Writing Prompts blog. We’re going to dig deeply into the subject of Genres in Literature. From romance to suspense and everything in between, we’ll talk about different genres, what we think of them, and our favorite books within the category.

What is a genre? Vocabulary.com says “A literary genre is a style of writing. Your favorite literary genre might be science fiction, for example.

The word genre means “artistic category or style,”…When you use the term literary genre, you make it clear that you’re talking about books and writing. Bookstores sometimes use literary genres as a way to separate books into different sections, like “classics” or “mysteries.” The word genre is French, and it means “kind, sort, or style.”

Here’s a partial list of genres in literature.

Chick Lit
Comic/Graphic Novel
Fairy talenarnia
Fiction narrative
Historical fiction
Magical Realism
Mystery/Cozy Mystery
Science fiction
Women’s Fiction
Young Adult/New Adult

Ispindle chair try to read a variety of different genres but some of my favorites are women’s fiction (especially southern), mysteries, and fantasy. I just finished a southern fiction book that I loved called The Spindle Chair by Shellie Arnold. I’m also rereading The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, probably my favorite fantasy series. And for mystery, the latest book I’ve read is actually a series called Dressed for Death (volumes 1-3) by Darlene Franklin.

What’s your favorite genre? List it in the comments below and tell us your favorite book within the category.

Writing Prompt – Annabella picked up the dust covered book from the floor of the abandoned cabin. She shuddered, dropping the book when she realized it was a copy of…

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