Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Day One With Darlene Franklin

Neuschwanstein Castlephoto © 2008 pr1me | more info (via: Wylio)

Years ago, while zooming down the interstate somewhere in Tennessee, I spotted a castle on a mountainside. I snapped a picture of it and always wondered what is a castle doing in the middle of the American countryside?

I never did uncover the story behind that castle, but when I decided to write a story about two hopeless romantics, I decided my hero had grown up in a castle. His father had built the castle for his English bride. The legendary (and fictional) Cameron Innis holds a place in knightly lore equal to the Knights of the Round Table.

Poor Joe Knight, raised by a knight and protector, feels more like a bumbling squire when robbery interrupts not one, but two, different dates.

Michelle Morris, my heroine, is a hopeless romantic. She and Joe are made for each other - except for details like jobs, long distance dating, and robberies.

Plainsong is a fun collection of "what ifs"? What if a couple did fall in live at first sight? What if she hates the town where he lives? And he hates her home? What if his every attempt to act like a knight turns into failure?

Joe and Michelle must struggle through a lot of baggage before they can claim their own happily-ever-after.

Do you ever play the "What If?" game in your head?


  1. Robin PatchenJune 28, 2011

    The "What if" game is my favorite! My first manuscript is all about "what if." What if a famous actor met a homeschooling mom on an airplane. What if the homeschooling mom led him to Christ. What if they fell in love? What if she were threatened by a stalker... Well, you can see where this is going. That's what fun about reading fiction--you can see how people deal with all the "what ifs" in their own lives.

  2. Love the "what if" game!

    This book sounds so great!

  3. My daughter and I love to brainstorm story plots, and we're always saying "what if." Castles are a favorite subject of mine (although I wouldn't want to live in one!) This does sound like a great story.


  4. AnonymousJune 28, 2011

    Most stories start with that "what if?" game . . . And Donna, I wouldn't mind living in a castle if it came with all modern amenities the way the castle in Plainsong does!


  5. Oooh, what if I lived in that castle in the picture?? Love it! Or what if a family hid in a little corner of that huge building and lived there for years and years and no one knew it? Like stowaways...

    Can't get tired of what if questions!

  6. Yes, I play the what if game too.

    Love the premise of the story!

  7. AnonymousJune 29, 2011

    Erin, I'd love to see one of those stories!Lacy, this book was fun to write.


  8. I play that game all the time. What if this and what if that. It can really get your mind thinking. Sometimes you can come up with some pretty good ideas.