Bio: Best-selling author Darlene Franklin’s greatest claim to fame is that she writes full-time from a nursing home. She is an active member of Oklahoma City Christian Fiction Writers, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Christian Authors Network. She has written over fifty books and more than 250 devotionals.
Welcome back, Darlene. Let’s do some fun questions first. What song most closely resembles your life?
I don’t know pop songs very well. How about hymns: I feel the truth of “It Is Well with my Soul” in the depths of my soul. Or how about “Amazing Grace”? Both hymns address the sorrows, fears, and dangers I have faced, while pointing me to the Lord.
“It Is Well With My Soul” is one of my favorite hymns, too. Do you have a favorite Bible verse? And why is it a favorite?
I have several and keep discovering more as I am memorizing them. This is one I reviewed today, from Isaiah 65 in The Message. It especially means a lot to me as I am in my senior years, with children and grandchildren, and these promises give me hope for the future, security for my family—and help in the future.
For my people will be as long-lived as trees, my chosen ones will have satisfaction in their work. They won’t work and have nothing come of it, they won’t have children snatched out from under them. For they themselves are plantings blessed by God, with their children and grandchildren likewise God-blessed. Before they call out, I’ll answer. Before they’ve finished speaking, I’ll have heard.
I love the way The Message Bible uses words that everyone can understand. What is the one thing you wish you could go back and change in your life?
I wish I could change me. The older I get, the more I see all the things I did wrong as a mother. But all that’s happened to me, good and bad, made me into the person I am today. And I’m okay with that.
I’ve heard it said, “It’s all about the process,” and it’s through the process that we grow. What is the most important characteristic for a good friend to have?
Someone who knows how to listen and empathize without feeling the need to give me a solution. Unless I ask for it, of course.
So true. What extracurricular activities did you participate in when you were in school?
All nerdy stuff. I was in band and choir. I was also in the Spanish club and the Math club. I managed to get a letter for intramural volleyball.
What is your favorite movie of all times?
So many good ones. I believe I would say Schindler’s List. Many find it a dark, depressing movie. I carried away the fact one person could make a huge difference.
I loved that movie, too. But it’s not a pretty, pleasant movie. Tell us about why you wrote this book.
My publisher (Forget Me Not Romances) was looking for historical novellas with tea and tea parties at the center. My mind flew to this story, which I had originally conceived as part of a Christmas novella set with Barbour. A few years ago, I learned that the Boston Tea Party was only one of several tea events in the colony. I chose to write about the last one, the
one. As in Greenwich, New
Jersey Boston, several of the participants dressed
as Indians. They burned the tea in the town square, where anyone could have
found them. That sounds brave to me.
Please give us the first page of the book.
“‘Charity vaunteth not itself.’ Your love does not depend on the size of the house or how many outfits you have to wear.” Reverend Jay, pastor of the First Church of Greenwich, continued preaching through 1 Corinthians 13 for the wedding sermon. A small group of close friends and family sat in the Stouts’ parlor for the ceremony.
held back a smile from her spot by the bride’s side. Those were brave words to
say at a wedding of the heir to the wealthiest man in town. Their preacher’s
neutral stance on the recent tea troubles didn’t stem from a lack of courage.
Primrose had eyes for Mahala’s brother, Archie, only. She radiated happiness in her new dress made of green wool. If. No, when—Mahala told herself firmly—her time came, she would prefer brocade. A pale peach or beige would complement her dark hair.
The affianced couple bent their heads toward each other as they listened to the sermon. On Archie’s other side stood Primrose’s brother Jothan. A small smile lit his lips and he wiggled his fingers at Mahala. She almost giggled.
He had a habit of getting her into trouble, although he hadn’t done that for a while. With all the arguments about the Stamp Act, solemn lines on his face had replaced the kindly expression of her childhood friend.
“‘Charity beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.’”
How could a bachelor like
St. Paul write such perfect words about love?
What would Johan say to that question? He could debate anything. When she
glanced at him, his eyes had fixed out the window, as if bored with the
Or thinking about the tea shipment sitting in a storehouse in
Greenwich’s Market Square.
Mahala pushed that thought away. Let tomorrow take care of itself. Life in Greenwich was pleasant,
and her days were full. She prayed it would stay that way.
How can readers find you on the Internet?
Thank you, Darlene, for spending time with us. I love the subject of the book.
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Tell us is you like to drink, and what your favorite kind of tea is. Mine is green tea, iced or as a frappe. I love Chai tea as well.
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