First off, go buy Lindsay’s brand new book The Story Peddler. While I still haven’t gotten the pleasure of reading it yet, I’ve heard nothing but positive things about this story. Pick up your copy today!
Second, we at Quills had the wonderful opportunity to interview the amazing and talented author of The Story Peddler, Lindsay Franklin! From silly to serious we have covered it all. Enjoy delving into the mind of this fantastic writer and person.
Presenting Lindsay Franklin, folks!
1) Who is your favorite character in The Story Peddler and why?
I have several favorites I love for different reasons, but Tanwen is my girl. I didn’t do it intentionally, but she ended being loosely based on my daughter. Ever since I realized that, she’s been cemented pretty deeply in my heart!
2) Aww, that is so cute! Now I’m going to have to write a character after my daughter. Next question. Is it fun going from nonfiction to fiction writing? What does it mean to you to be a crossover writer?
It is fun! I really appreciate my nonfiction writing because that’s my space to be open and direct about my faith. I use my theological training and speak to an audience that is close to my heart. My fiction writing is totally different. My faith bleeds into it, sure, but fiction is about storytelling. That’s my space to be creative and explore the highs and lows of life—both real life and the ones I imagine.
3) Speaking of nonfiction, Lindsay has a devotional out called Adored and I’ve already bought it twice. It’s gorgeous, inside and out!!! But back to the interview. What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?
Outlining is always the toughest part for me, but it’s so, so necessary if I ever want to finish my stories and have them make sense! I have to see the big picture first, and that’s what I get from my outline. But that’s also the time where I have to think through story problems, plot holes, character arcs, and the like, so I weep and gnash my teeth a lot while creating my outlines.
4) Speaking of weeping and gnashing of teeth, in The Story Peddler, what was the hardest scene to write?
There’s a scene in a forest where one of my character’s illness is fully revealed. I wrote that scene by hand in a Starbucks one night, crying into my green tea. I was working out some of the trauma I’d experienced as the mother of a child with medical special needs. My oldest son was born with a very slow-growing brain tumor and had seizures and other serious neurological complications every day until his first brain surgery at age thirteen. I had never dealt with any of that in my fiction or elsewhere, so that scene was really tough to write. I still cry when I read it, and I’ve read the dang thing a million times at this point!
5) Wow. That is really, really tough. I love that you’ve incorporated your own personal experiences into your story, especially with something as heartwrenching as a child’s health issues. So incredibly beautiful. Now you’re going to make me cry! Okay, need to get onto a less intense topic before we all start sobbing. How about: What is your spirit animal?
I’d like to say a wombat because I love them so much, but who am I kidding? I’m totally a cat.
6) Cats are pretty awesome. How do you balance your editing career and your author career?
Oh. Have I figured out how to do that yet? Huh. I kid. But I’m not the best at balance, to be honest. I go full speed at everything I do, so I’m definitely always on the verge of burnout. Just being real. I think I haven’t burned out on writing and editing after all these years because stories are such a part of who I am. I do try to make sure not to double book myself when possible. If I have a book due, I won’t take editing clients for 4-8 weeks beforehand. In theory.
7) In theory. Hahaha! Yes, totally get that. Ahh, well it sure seems like you’re doing a fabulous job with all the hats you wear. Okay, very last question. Which fictional character is your alter-ego?
Which of my fictional characters? There’s a little of me in most of them, though some more than others. A fictional character I didn’t write? I’ve been told I’m Hermione Granger and Lorelai Gilmore. I’m not sure how those two characters can exist in the same person, but somehow it seems very accurate.
Thank you so much, Lindsay for being a part of our blog today. We love you and hope the very best for you!
Blog Tour Schedule
Tuesday, April 24th
Wednesday, April 25th
Thursday, April 26th
Friday, April 27th
Saturday, April 28th
- Interview – Liv K. Fisher
- Review – C O Bonham
- Visual Post – Jebraun Clifford
- Review – Pages and Pekoe
Monday, April 30th
Tuesday, May 1st
- Review – i am not a bookworm!
- Review – Worthy2Read
- Review – Lori’s Book Loft
- The Story Peddler and Unbreakable Facebook Launch Party
Wednesday, May 2nd
- Blog Tour Wrap-Up – Unicorn Quester
About the Author
Lindsay A. Franklin is an award-winning author, award-winning freelance editor, and homeschooling mom of three. She would wear pajama pants all the time if it were socially acceptable. She spends a lot of time in made-up worlds, and she’s passionate about sparking imagination through stories of infinite possibility. Her debut fantasy novel, The Story Peddler, releases in 2018. When she’s not exploring the fantastical, she’s exploring the Bible and encouraging young women through her devotional books (click here for more information on Adored).
Lindsay lives in her native San Diego with her husband (master of the dad joke), their awesomely nerdy kids, two thunder pillows (AKA cats), and a stuffed wombat with his own Instagram following (@therealwombatman). You can find Lindsay on social media, too, if Wombatman hasn’t hijacked all her accounts. She’s @LinzyAFranklin on Instagram and Twitter, and she Facebooks at www.facebook.com/LindsayAFranklin.
Email list sign-up link: http://eepurl.com/bwF64j
Giveaway Link & HTML
Want to dive into a new world or in need of a good book? Use the link below to enter to win a signed print copy of The Story Peddler (not pictured), a blue strand book sleeve (not pictured), custom Story Peddler bookmark, a fluffhopper sticker, and a set of five mini Story Peddler art prints! (US only.)
Facebook Party Information
Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/162545804573276/
Calling all book readers! Join authors Lindsay A. Franklin and Sara Ella to celebrate the releases of their novels, The Story Peddler and Unbreakable, on May 1st!
Grab your favorite drink and snack and be prepared for a fun time of chatting with Lindsay and Sara, games, and giveaways.
The party starts at 8 PM EST (7 PM CST and 5 PM PST). Can’t wait to see you there!