Darlene Franklin – Romantic Character Interview – Part 1 of 1

Shannon here: Darlene Franklin shares insight into her characters’ romance in her latest Christmas novella, Matchmaker Mixup. Comment or answer the question at end of this post to enter the drawing. Deadline: Aug 13th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Darlene:

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  • Who said, “I love you” first, your hero or your heroine?

Well, the hero, except he doesn’t exactly say “I love you.” Instead he says, “I might pick a ripe apple” in front of her entire family. Her family runs an apple orchard—and she’s named after an apple.

  • What’s the most romantic thing your hero ever did for your heroine?

Let’s see. He wrote a poem. Since Pippin is about to be a published poet, that was brave. He carried her across campus in the rain when she sprained her ankle and found a carriage to take her to church. Practical, thoughtful, that’s Clint.

  • Do your hero and heroine have a favorite song?

I wouldn’t call it a favorite song. But they attend the homecoming dance together.  The song “Hello Central, Give Me Heaven” gets them talking about the loss of her mother at a young age and breaks the ice.

  • How soon after meeting the hero did the heroine know he was the one?

Clint has asked Pippin to the homecoming dance since their freshmen year of college. He’s always been interested in her, but she’s always said no. Now it’s their Senior year. He’s at the dance with Pippin—only he thinks she’s her twin sister Marg. And he’s definitely interested.

  • What is your hero’s favorite romantic vacation destination?

Wherever there are trees, like Oklahoma. But they’re both homebodies. I don’t see them leaving New England.

  • How soon after meeting the heroine did the hero know she was the one?

Pippin hasn’t refused only Clint. She hasn’t dated anyone since she started college. A cruel parody about Pippin, written for an English assignment, makes her even more hesitant to get close to any man.

Pippin’s twin Marg is determined her sister will attend at least one homecoming dance. When she receives two invitations, she insists Pippin take her place—pretend to be Marg—with Clint.

Pippin enjoys the dance more than she ever expected. She likes Clint—but he thinks he’s falling in love with Marg.

About Darlene: Best-selling author Darlene Franklin’s greatest claim to fame is that she writes full-time from a nursing home. She is an active member of Oklahoma City Christian Fiction Writers, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Christian Authors Network. She has written over forty novels and novellas and contributed to forty more. Learn more anc connect:

Darlene’s Website and blog                          Darlene’s Facebook         

Darlene’s Amazon author page                        Darlene’s Twitter

About the book – Matchmaker Mixup: 

Pippin Cortland has decided to accept Clint Keller’s invitation to the Homecoming Dance their senior year. She’s said no for the last three years but wants to go at least once—with Clint. 

Only Clint invites Pippin’s twin Margil instead. She agrees to go with Clint—and then accepts a second invitation as well. She insists Pippin pretend to be her sister and take her place with Clint. 

When Clint falls for “Margil” at the dance, what is Pippin supposed to do? 

Can’t wait for the drawing? Purchase now: Matchmaker Mixup – Amazon

Question for Readers: Do you know any twins or have any in your family?

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