Dear Readers, this is an interesting new kind of collection. I love the writings of both of these authors, and Darlene Franklin is a long-time friend. We’ve been in collections together before. I’ve spoken to the ACFW chapter near where she lives and we’ve attended special writing retreats and conferences at the same time.
Welcome back, Darlene. How did this collection come about?
Love’s Compass combines two of three books written back in 2013. The three original titles, Shadowcatcher’s Daughter, Pride’s Fall, and Almost
Arizona, captured the history of the Four Corners National
Monument through events happening in three of the four corner
states ( New Mexico, Colorado,
We only included three states because Barbour liked to publish trilogies of Heartsong books. Our books never made it into a trilogy. Susan Page Davis’s book (Almost Arizona) was republished as Desert Moon earlier this year.
My story, Pride’s Fall, was added as a bonus to Love’s Compass, the new title for Carla’s story.
Are these stories connected in some way?
Both stories have at least one scene at the point of the future national monument. In Carla’s time (1875), they were just surveying the boundaries. By the time of my story, a small concrete marker had been placed at the exact connection point. Aside from geography, the stories aren’t connected.
Who chose the setting for this collection?
I did. The Four Corners region has drawn my attention ever since I was a child studying the map of the
United States. Living in Colorado only increased
my interest. I have driven over the border from Colorado
to New Mexico and from Utah
Artificial lines, perhaps, but it’s like moving between different worlds.
I’ve love the place where the corners of four states meet, but I’ve never been there. Would love to sometime. What did you want the reader to take away from your story?
Do they have issues—like pride—that come between them and God?
Readers want to get to know the authors they read. Can you tell us three things my readers probably don’t know about you?
Although a New Englander by birth and a westerner as an adult, I lived in
at the time of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. In fact, I appear to have deep
family roots in Georgia, South Carolina, and Kentucky. Unfortunately, I don’t know those
sides of the family well.
I learned how to play the clarinet before I started to play piano.
I don’t like lasagna.
Please give us the first page of your story.
Standing Corn waits at the entrance to her home on the cliff, gazing across the valley floor, looking for a sign that her promised, Killdeer, has returned from the hunt. She hears the call of the horn, announcing his return. Three short blasts followed by three longer blasts announce a successful foray, with plenty of food. The tribe will eat well tonight.
She rushes to the circle of elders to celebrate Killdeer’s return. The women of the tribe grab bells and drums, and together the people go out to meet the men returning from the hunt.
Standing Corn sees Killdeer, the skin of the mule deer draped across his shoulders, leading the hunt party. The remaining hunters carry poles loaded with deer and pheasant and other trophies of the hunt. The juice of berries runs down Killdeer’s beardless face.
Killdeer stops the procession in front of Standing Corn. He points to the bounty of the hunt, brandishing his bow and arrow. She lays an admiring hand on his muscled arm before she clasps her hands together and lifts them to the sky, showing her appreciation for his process. The expression on his face doesn’t change, but he opens a pouch around his neck and hands her a necklace made of the teeth of a wolf. She clasps it to her breasts and holds them high for everyone to see. Cheers erupt from the crowd.
So far, so good. Rex Pride had climbed to the second level of dwellings built into the side of the cliffs. From here he could see the panorama of action taking place before him. He had never worked with untrained extras before, let alone a group of Indians. They found their marks; it should work on film.
Where can my readers find you on the Internet?
Thank you, Darlene, for sharing this collection with us. I’m eager to read it.
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