Larry Franklin


Author of Mnemosyne:  A Love Affair with Memory, published by Xlibris, The Rita Nitz Story:  A Life without Parole, published by Southern Illinois University Press, Cherry Blossoms & Barron Plains:  A woman’s journey from mental illness to a prison cell, published by Chipmunka Publishing Company, Supermax Prison:  Controlling the most dangerous criminals, published by History Publishing Company.

About me

I Turn My Experience
into a Story.

Seemingly elusive, my path to happiness is quite simple. First, build yourself a flower garden, preferably one big enough to walk through. Surround it with bird houses, bird feeders, and a bird bath or two. 


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Cherry Blossoms & Barren Plains


Victims make the Best Birdhouses


Mnemosyne: A Love Affar with Memory


Supermax Prison: Controlling the most dangerous Criminals


The Rita Nitz Story

My New Release

April 2022

Book to be released late April 2022 at retail stores. Advanced copies online through WiDo Publishing Company.

Blog Update

From my blog

Victims Make the Best Birdhouses

BY LARRY L. FRANKLIN ‧ RELEASE DATE: APRIL 29, 2022 Kirkus Review Franklin recounts his childhood abuse and his path to recovery. Franklin, whose last book was The Black River (2020), repressed memories of his difficult youth until his mother revealed that his father never loved him. For most of his young life, Franklin says he was physically and emotionallyContinue reading “Victims Make the Best Birdhouses”

Review — Victims Make the Best Birdhouses.

From Victim to Victorious I read this book in one day. I couldn’t put it down. It’s an amazing, honest and heart wrenching account of childhood abuse. It’s also a story of hard work to gain control of one’s life. Larry speaks of his journey with a voice of clarity and new found self-awareness. WhileContinue reading “Review — Victims Make the Best Birdhouses.”

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“Larry L. Franklin exposes the many inconsistencies and half-truths in the case. Along the way, he portrays a subculture of drifters in small-town southern Illinois and explains the life of an abused woman while confronting his own story of abuse as a child. Franklin’s investigation could change a woman’s life and correct a glaring injustice. This is a story that must be heard.”—Ted Anton, author of Eros, Magic, and the Murder of Professor Culianu

Ted Anton Author of Eros, Magic, and the Murder of Professor Culianu

“The Rita Nitz Story is a compelling read, not because it's a slick thriller. . . but because Franklin is a passionate writer telling his readers a gritty tale—a story about a woman who has been a victim of one kind or another all of her life, and a story about how America's judicial system treats those without resources or even the imagination to seek them.”


"Franklin's ability to draw the reader in held me captive from the beginning. His story epitomizes how the journey to healing from childhood sexual abuse can be arduous and painful, but in the end, a triumph. His writing style allows you to take the journey with him and thus, it is an emotional upheaval at times. Like his other books, I was always anxious to turn the next page."

C.j. Excellent Read
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