Today I'd like to welcome Darlene Franklin as she shares the story behind her new book. Welcome, Darlene. Please tell us how the idea started.
My great local chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers likes to keep me involved in chapter activities, in spite of my being limited to a nursing home. So when last spring they asked me to head up a round-robin novella project, I gladly agreed.
A round-robin often starts with one person writing the first chapter; another person continues from that, until it comes to an end. In my limited experience, I found that approach difficult to write, so I did some brainstorming. I wanted a book that would allow each of us to tell a unique story that was still connected to the central theme.
My idea: A elderly woman with terminal cancer writes letters to surviving family and friends who need to make changes. The number could vary according to the covey of interested writers. Our Wanda set out challenges to her special seven, one month at a time, setting out a plan of action for each one, all expenses paid.
So we came up with a woman who needed to learn to “take time to smell the roses” (pardon the pun) to a boy dealing with a bully to a granddaughter afraid of love and more.
Our authors range from multi-published to first-publication. So sit back and enjoy!
Best-selling author Darlene Franklin's greatest claim to fame is that she writes full-time from a nursing home. She lives in Oklahoma, near her son and his family. 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.
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Seven pink envelopes, addressed in Wanda Taylor’s spiky handwriting, represented her legacy to seven people she held dear. Legacy letters—that’s what they were. A last gift, though some might call it interference. People often sought her advice and her God-given gift of discernment. But not these seven, and her heart ached for them. They were good people who loved God and their families, but she saw patterns in their lives that could harm them in the future if left unchecked. Monica was the lynch pin to the entire project. The mantle of the matriarch fit her, and everyone in the family recognized it. But she needed to learn how to let go before she could take charge.
Monica would receive the first letter, one month after Wanda’s death. The others—to friends, siblings, children and grandchildren—would receive their letters in the six months following.
Wanda sealed the last letter and whispered a prayer. “Lord, use my words a final time to do Your work in the lives of those I leave behind.”