Victims Make the Best Birdhouses

Prologue I should have known on that summer day In 1950 when my seven-year-old naked body was laid out over a bale of hay that this was not normal. I should have known. But I was the youngest and smallest of four boys in a place where the unspeakable was normal. Even at this veryContinue reading “Victims Make the Best Birdhouses”

First review for “Victims Make the Best Birdhouses

Lara Mazzone Reviewed in the United States on May 11, 2022 5.0 out of 5 stars. I couldn’t stop reading. A truly moving memoir about repressed memories and PTSD from sexual and emotional abuse. I finished the entire book in one day! Authors, myself included, view positive book reviews as the life blood of theirContinue reading “First review for “Victims Make the Best Birdhouses”

A Troubled Mind

The scientific community has evolved at a much faster rate than our moral development and oftentimes views the causes of violent behavior differently.  For centuries, neuroscientists have studied the physical structure, chemical makeup and biological effects of one’s environment on human behavior.  We are concerned with violent male inmates housed in maximum-security or supermax facilities. Continue reading “A Troubled Mind”

Victims Make the Best Birdhouses

People question the source of my book title. Here’s how it happened. Sometimes I think it would have been easier if I’d had cancer or another more socially acceptable disease. The physician would have shown my family an x-ray of my tumor and prescribed a course of treatment, giving them hope that they could openlyContinue reading “Victims Make the Best Birdhouses”

Victims Make the Best Birdhouses

Several years ago I attended a week-long writing conference at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. It was there when I enrolled in a class of nonfiction writers led by Katherine Russell Rich. It was the luck of the draw that Katherine became my team leader. I was immediately impressed by her professionalism, excitement, kindness, andContinue reading “Victims Make the Best Birdhouses”

It takes a city to sell a book

Perhaps I should rename the title of my blog. How about It takes an author, an idea, emotional expression, creativity, an editor, a publisher, a marketer, a little money, and the determination of barn swallows that build multiple bird nests on my front porch. Yes it takes that and more to come up with aContinue reading “It takes a city to sell a book”

A Drawing from “Victims Make The Best Birdhouses”

An ink drawing of a 1950 car wreckage that ended the lives of my father, grandfather, brother, cousin, and my father’s girl friend. They were driving to the Illinois State Fair. I’ve included the drawing in my memoir, “Victims Make The Best Birdhouses,” due to be released at the end of April 2022. The drawingContinue reading “A Drawing from “Victims Make The Best Birdhouses””

Victims Make The Best Birdhouses

Book to be released late April 2022 at retail stores. Advanced copies online through WiDo Publishing Company. “I should have known, on that sultry summer day in 1950, when my five-year-old naked body was laid out over a bale of hay, that this was not normal. I should have known… Thus opens Larry Franklin’s memoir,Continue reading “Victims Make The Best Birdhouses”

Hey funny man, show me your pain.

HEY FUNNY MAN, SHOW ME YOUR PAIN I think the saddest people always try their hardest to make people happy because they know what it’s like to feel absolutely worthless and I don’t want anyone else to feel like that.                                                                                     Robin Williams Robin Williams, John Belushi, Chris Farley, Freddie Prinze were allContinue reading “Hey funny man, show me your pain.”

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