How did you know you wanted to become a writer?One day in the wake of my divorce, I wrote my first devotional. I found so much power in spilling my emotions onto paper, that I kept on writing. Before too long, I turned to my first love, fiction.
What steps did you take to follow this dream?
I’ve been writing, every day, for twenty-one years. I attended writing conferences, joined critique groups, and took classes. After my first novel was published, I began working part-time, and when I moved to Oklahoma three and a half year ago, I realized my dream of writing full time. At the moment I have 26 in print or under contract.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
The writing! New ideas are fun. Talking with people about books through interviews is fun. Sitting down and pounding two or three thousand words? Now, that’s work.
What is your newest release?
I had two releases last September: A Bride’s Rogue in Roma, Texas, as well as Merry Christmas, With Love in Postmark: Christmas.
In Bride’s Rogue, a straight-laced Victorian Maiden inherits a steamboat—and the resident gambler. In Postmark: Christmas, four couples find love through the post office that stamps cards from “Christmas, Florida” every year.
What are you currently working on now?
I’m putting the finishing touches on Golden Dreams, which will release next September.
What is your favorite season of the year?
Spring! I live in Oklahoma, where the summers are horrible. Arthritis gives me fits in the winter. But spring, with its color and growth, brings joy to my heart.
If you could go anywhere, where would it be and why?
I have always dreamed of making it to California, Hawaii and Alaska. I wouldn’t mind a tour of Washington, D.C. either.
What is something quirky your readers would like to know about you that they don't already?
I am a resident in a nursing home.
Who is your biggest support and why?My son is a big supporter. He proudly tells everyone I’m a writer! Aside from him, I am blessed with several faithful followers who broadcast every post I make.
You can find Darlene at: darlenefranklinwrites.blogspot.com