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.”

When light overcame darkness.

My manuscript is moving into the final edit and then onto the book cover and formatting process. The book blurb appears on the back cover where the prospective reader can get a feel for what the book is about. The book will be published in early Spring 2022. “WHEN LIGHT OVERCAME DARKNESS”             Larry LContinue reading “When light overcame darkness.”

A boy with a bent neck and a dog whose tail wouldn’t wag.

CHAPTER THIRTEEN “Any fool can be happy.It takes a man with realheart to make beautyout of the stuff thatmakes us weep.Clive Barker*** “Larry, you have so many wonderful qualities,” Olivia said. “You are a very honest and compassionate man. Tell me what you were like while growing up on the farm. Tell me about thatContinue reading “A boy with a bent neck and a dog whose tail wouldn’t wag.”

9-18-2020 Information on The Black River

Wanted to bring everyone up-to-date on the progress of Jovon Scott’s latest book, “The Black River,” and how we’re developing an audience for his writing. As you might know, the publishing business is difficult and getting potential readers to open your book takes some effort. It’s not always the best books that are read, it’sContinue reading “9-18-2020 Information on The Black River”

More Reviews for “The Black River”

Scott creates a fantasy world of privilege, beautiful women, sex and drugs that calls the reader in for a wild ride. In a trauma-based story with sensual twists and turns, he writes intensely and beautifully from the mind of a gorgeously damaged female. Hard to put down and keeps you guessing until the end. GoodContinue reading “More Reviews for “The Black River””

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