Monday, September 27, 2010

Giveaway and Author Interview: A Woodland Christmas

Welcome back to Writing for Christ, Darklene Franklin! I am excited to have you here for a second time. :-)
What has changed in your writing life since you were last here?
I finished a three-book historical romance set in Vermont (the second book, Bridge to Love, is set for release in November). I am currently working on sequels to my first published book, Romanian Rhapsody, and they should both come out next year. I also received a contract for another Christmas novella for next year and a chance to write devotionals for Heavenly Humor for the Teacher’s Soul.
Next year’s Christmas story (The First Christmas in Christmas at the Barncastle Inn) marks the 4th year in a row I’ve written a novella. I’ve been very  blessed.
I also became a grandma for the second time. Welcome to the world, Isaiah Jaran Franklin!
What recent read stood out to you as truly spectacular?
I just finished Deceit by Brandilynn Collins, and it’s the best I’ve read by Brandilynn. Made me want to come back for me.
Do you have favorite authors?
Of course!  In the CBA, I read everything I can find by Stephen James, Liz Curtis Higgs, Kim Vogel Sawyer and Philip Yancey.  I read a lot of Christian historical/romance fiction, most of it outstanding.
What do you find the most enjoyable part of writing or connecting with readers?
I love connecting with readers. I love talking books with a fellow enthusiast. We share a common passion for story that I find compelling. And I’m honored when someone takes the time to contact me.
What do you find the most ideal atmosphere for writing? Do you ever get those surroundings? :-)
I  have worked in almost every atmosphere since I began writing—bus to work, soccer games, even breaks at a writers meeting . . . but now I have my ideal. I live alone and set my own hours, so I have few interruptions.
Okay, something fun for those writers out there: In what point of your writing career did you surprise yourself by writing the most words ever in the shortest amount of time?
The first time (and one of only a few times) I managed 5,000 words in a day. That’s been within the past year. I am seeking a better writing routine, one that allows my critique partners more time to look through my things, so I’m going to try writing 4 days a week and doing revisions 2 days a week before sending out for critique.  Currently I write the rough draft straight through, and then go back and do revisions.

Thanks for being here again! It has been a joy and we wish the very best with your novels.

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Contest closes on October 9th

56 comments:

  1. I would love to read this. I love books with Christmas in them.
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  3. I am an email subscriber and a follower. I enjoy all your blogs! And, of course, I'd love to win a free book sometime!

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  4. I enjoyed the interview and now would love to read the book. I enjoy Christmas books. Please enter me.

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  5. I am a follower

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  6. I am a subscriber

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  7. I would love to read this book. It sounds really good. Please enter me in contest. I am a follower and email subscriber. Tore923@aol.com

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  8. please include me in this Christmas book drawing. thanks

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  12. I would love a chance to read this book. Thanks for the interview and giveaway.
    Blessings,
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  15. thanks for the chance to read this novel :)

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  18. Oh, I've seen this book and have wanted to read it. It sounds great. Thanks for giving away a copy.
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  19. Thanks for being here, and offering a giveaway!

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  20. I'd love a chance to win this book - it looks like a wonderful read!

    btw, I don't know if I've ever told you, Casey, but I LOVE your new blog layout - its SO pretty!!

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  21. I am a follower of your blog!

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  23. Hello There,

    This sounds like a great book, thanks for the chance to win.

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  26. Great interview. I can not wait to read the book. Would love to win it.

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  27. I am a GFC Follower. ageorgiamomma@gmail.com

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  28. I subscribe via e-mail.
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  29. Hi everyone! Good to hear from you! I had to laugh at ABreading. I named my fictional town "Breading" since Bethlehem means "House of bread."

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  30. I always buy books for friends at work. I would love to win this one just to see if it is one I would want to give as a gift - if so, I would be purchasing several. This sounds like an excellent choice.

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  31. I am a follower via GFC.

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  32. I am an email subscriber. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  33. I subscribe to your blog. I enjoyed the interview with Darlene and would enjoy reading her books. Please enter me in the drawing.
    Thank you.

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  34. I'm in the middle of reading, "The Face of Mary" right now and thoroughly love it! I jumped straight to reading Darlene's story first because it sounded so good. I'll go back to the first story after hers and read the rest of the book.

    No need to enter me in the drawing, I just wanted to stop by and say "HI" and how much I was enjoying the book.

    Blessings,
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  35. Hi, Beverly, thanks for pumping my story! And I'm glad it drew you in right away.

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  36. I love reading Christmas romances, to me it's the perfect setting.
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  37. This sounds like a book I would love to read! Please enter me!

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  38. What a great time of the year for a romance! Would love to read this book!
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  39. I love Christmas romance stories and read 2-3 new ones every year. I still reread some of my favories and enjoy again.
    Pls enter me in this giveaway.

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  40. I am a follower and subscriber

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  41. What a great interview. I love to start finding and reading Christmas stories this time of year. Thanks for the info and chance to win.
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  42. Sounds like a book I would enjoy! Thanks for the chance.

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  46. I love Christmas stories! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.

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  47. I'm a follower thru Google.

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  48. I'm a subscriber thru email, as well!

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  49. I love good Christmas Stories. Please include me!

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  50. Christmas is my favorite time of year. This books looks great!
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  51. I am a follower.
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  52. Wow, would so love to win your Woodland's Christmas book. Heard about it before today, and put it on my wish list. Juanita W
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  53. I'd love the opportunity to win a Christmas book.

    Blessings,
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  54. I so love books set during the Christmas season. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

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