Thursday, December 17, 2009

Darlene Franklin's Beacon of Love

We're happy to have Darlene Franklin with us this week. To learn more about her, check out the interview below...

1) How did this story come to you?
I researched Rhode Island’s history in the 1810s and came across “the Great Gale of 1816” and the Point Judith lighthouse which was destroyed during the storm. I knew I wanted to write about a lighthouse during a hurricane.
2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
Heartsong Presents has been publishing three historical romances and three contemporary romances based in all 50 states. Two other writers and I put together a proposal for historical Rhode Island and were delighted when JoAnne Simmons chose our stories.
3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
I’m the world’s worst housekeeper (if you doubt me, let’s compare homes one day.)
Although I’ve lived most of life in states with a strong tradition of winter sports (Maine and Colorado), I have never gone skiing.
I used to be humor-challenged. Now people say I smile all the time.
4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I am working on the second book of m three-part Vermont historical series for Heartsong, Bridge to Love. Like Beacon of Love, the story takes place in 1816 and features a a veteran of the War of 1812. However, my hero and heroine are battling the Year of No Summer, when it snowed every month, and the possible loss of the family farm.
I hope to write a third Vermont historical romance, this one during the Civil War about the “northernmost battle” of that conflict. And I will have another novella come out next Christmas, The Face of Mary in A Woodlands Christmas.
I am working to expand my writing base. A publisher has expressed interest in a longer book, same time period, about a family who moves from Maine to Ohio and becomes involved with the Underground Railroad. My devotional writing is finding a home and keeps me busy.
5) Parting comments?
Thanks for having me as your guest today! I always enjoy chatting with readers.
6) Where can fans find you on the internet?


  1. The book sound so interesting! Lighthouses are fascinating and to set the story during a hurricane that destroyed the actual lighthouse - I just can't wait to read the book. I really like the scripture you quoted in your blog on Nov 22, (Philippians 3:12-14, NIV). The title of your novella due out next Christmas, "The Face of Mary in a Woodlands Christmas" sounds very intriguing.

  2. Hi Dawn-

    Would LOVE to win Darlene's book--have lighthouses as a decorative element in my house; would enjoy reading a story where one is used as a setting. Your blog is a beautiful spot too! Pat I.

  3. Please enter me. Thanks!!


  4. What a fabulous setting. Enter me for a chance.

  5. Great interview...the books sounds wonderful..hope I win.

  6. I love Christian fiction! Looking forward to reading from a new author!

  7. It is a lovely interview and it gives us a little peek into the mind and life of Darlene Franklin, which of course finds its way into her books. I would love to win one to see how it unfolds.

  8. Somehow I missed this when it was posted! Thanks to everyone who stopped by, and Merry Christmas!

  9. I would love to read Darlene's book. I have not read anything of hers, yet. However, we have chatted from time to time on the computer and I think it would be fun to have her book.

  10. Gigi Karen in western PADecember 25, 2009 at 2:35 PM

    please enter me. Thsi sounds like a great book to sit and enjoy on a cold winter day in PA

  11. Great interview, the book sounds great, I would love to win.

  12. Is the one next christmas going to be about Mary the mother of Jesus or is it just like a character anmed Mary? Or like a modern spin on the Christmas Story? I am very interessted in that title... =)


  13. This sounds like a good book... What bookstore chains usually sell your books?

  14. Would love to read this book. Thanks so much for the interview and info, and for the contest too! Blessings:)

  15. The book sounds great. I love lighthouses and Rhode Island.I can also relate to the author as my housekeeping skills are not the best. Please enter me in the contest. Thanks