Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Day Two with Darlene Franklin

Metro Denver (12)photo © 2009 James Hernandez | more info (via: Wylio)

I fell in love with Denver the day I arrived. Thirteen years earlier, I had left my beloved home state of Maine. I learned to appreciate New Jersey (college), Texas (seminary) and Oklahoma (marriage and ministry), but none of those sates captured my heart.

Colorado did. The majestic Rockies, rising two miles from sea level and framing Denver's western horizon, gave me the same eternal perspective as the Atlantic Ocean of my youth.

I spent the next two decades taking advantage of many of Denver's attractions. My only regret is that I never made it to a Bronco's game, but at least my children did.

I could think of no better setting for my tale of two hopeless romantics than my adopted city. Michelle and Joe meet at a Rockie's game; they spend time at the Cherry Creeks Art Festival, take in the Renaissance Fair, and watch fireworks from the top of Lookout Mountain.

In God's timing, Plainsong (and the third book in the series, also in Colorado, Knight Music) both have been published - now that I no longer live in Denver by in Oklahoma City, near family.

Have you ever visited Denver?


  1. I LIVE in Denver! And you're right, Darlene. It is a great place to live. I grew up in Ohio, and I always thought Colorado was so far out west! But here I am. I remember seeing you, Darlene, at a writers' meeting at the Barnes and Noble near Park Meadows Mall in southern Denver. That was several years ago. I don't think you were published yet, and I know I wasn't! It must have been in 2007 or 08.

  2. I've been to Denver several times, Darlene and love it. My friend Kathy lives there and we have the best time while I'm there.

  3. I've been to Denver a couple of times. Beautiful place. But I think my favorite thing was flying from Denver to the west coast on a clear sunny day when I could look down and see all the mountains for mile after mile after mile. There was still plenty of snow on the heights, and I kept thinking about all the wilderness, and whether the animals living there had ever seen a human!

  4. I have never visited Denver. But would love to. I love to travel and explore new places.