Dream Interview of T.M. Franklin: Finalist in Best Indie Books of 2013 Awards
September 13, 2013
[It’s that time of the year again when The New Kindle Book Review is running its Best Indie Books of the Year awards. Top five finalists for the 2013 awards in various genres were announced September 1, 2013. In keeping with our tradition established last year in the first year of the awards, we have asked each of the finalists who care to participate to provide us two pieces: a dream interview and a dream review. Although these will appear under my byline and Caleb Pirtle’s, the posts are the work of the finalist authors. We hope you enjoy them and use them as an introduction to the works of these fine writers.-SW]
Today, we hear from T.M. Franklin, whose book More is a finalist in the Young Adult category. Franklin was recently interviewed by Ava Michaels, the character she created in the MORE Trilogy.
Dream Interview of T.M. Franklin, Finalist in The Best Indie Books of 2013 Awards
Ava Michaels: Okay, so first things first. Are you me?
T.M. Franklin: I think you mean: Are you me?
AM: Whatever. Everyone says authors put themselves into their characters. So how much of me, is, you know, you?
TMF: I think a lot of you comes from me, actually. One of the big premises of MORE is that you used to think you were special when you were little – you were sure you had magical powers and if you tried hard enough, you could access them. I used to think the same thing when I was a kid.
AM: Did it ever work?
TMF: Sadly, no. You?
AM: *cryptic smile* Moving on… where did you come up with the idea for MORE?
TMF: I’ve always been fascinated by the mention of the Nephilim in the Bible, in the book of Genesis. Nobody’s actually sure who they were, but the Bible talks about “sons of God” who went to “daughters of men” and had children with them. This was evidently a very bad thing, because it was one of the reasons God decided to destroy the wickedness in the world with the Great Flood.
The Nephilim were also referred to as powerful – giants by some – so the idea of these apparent super-humans and the forbidden relationship with humans led to the concept of the Race and the Half-Breeds. That was the original inspiration of MORE.
AM: And that forbidden relationship is what got me into trouble in the first place.
TMF: Yeah, but we don’t want to give too much away, do we?
AM: ‘Nuff said. Tell us a little more about the First Race – and why are they so worried about Half-Breeds?
TMF: Well, the First Race is an ancient group of people with rather unique abilities. They’re faster, stronger, smarter than humans – and have other advantages as well.
AM: What kind of advantages?
TMF: Depends on the person – telekinesis, teleportation or “shifting” . . . the ability to blur memories or manipulate them.
AM: But they’re not gods or aliens. Like Caleb says, they’re basically human… just a bit MORE.
TMF: Right. They evolved alongside humans, but have superior abilities for a variety of reasons that are explained in more detail in the book. Then, there are the Half-Breeds, who are offspring of Race and human parents.
AM: The “sons of God” and “daughters of men” thing again.
TMF: Exactly. Some of them are pretty ordinary, but some also have Race abilities. Because they’re out in the human world and unaware of it, they can be unpredictable. Many are unable to control those powers – and that can put humans at risk, not to mention put the Race at risk of exposure.
AM: Why do they care? If they’re so superior to humans, what’s the problem if they’re exposed?
TMF: Well, they’re superior yes, but there aren’t as many of them. And they’ve learned through history that humans can be dangerous when confronted with things they don’t understand. They can’t risk it. At the same time, their mission is to aid humanity, help it along in its development, but that mission is secondary to keeping their existence a secret.
AM: And that’s where Caleb comes in.
TMF: Yes. Caleb Foster is a Protector of the Race, and part of his job is to find Half-Breeds and bring them to the Council for testing. That way they can see if the person has any powers, and whether he or she is a potential threat of exposure.
AM: Don’t get me started on that. The way the Council deals with Half-Breeds is horrible. It’s a good thing the Guardians are around.
TMF: *whispers* Yeah, but that’s Book 2.
AM: *whispers back* Oh yeah, sorry about that.
TMF: But Caleb kind of meets his match when he meets you. You challenge everything he’s been brought up to believe about the Half-Breeds and the Race, and his role as a Protector.
AM: Yeah, but he figures it all out eventually. Is Caleb modeled after anyone in particular?
TMF: Not really. He’s a bunch of people. When it comes to romantic heroes, I like a lot of different “types.” And without giving too much away, he’s able to encompass several of those because he’s Race.
AM: Yeah, that is pretty cool. Although he says it would have been nice if you didn’t make him trip so much.
TMF: Sheesh, what a whiner!
AM: I liked it though. He’s both adorable and incredibly hot. Strong and tough, but a really decent guy on top of it all. And man, what a kisser! Thanks for that, by the way.
TMF: Don’t mention it. *winks*
Ava Michaels used to think she was special.
As a child, she fantasized about having magical powers . . . making things happen. But Ava grew up and eventually accepted the fact that her childish dreams were just that, and maybe a normal life wasn’t so bad after all.
Now a young college student, Ava meets Caleb Foster, a brilliant and mysterious man who’s supposed to help her pass physics, but in reality has another mission in mind. What he shows Ava challenges her view of the world, shaking it to its very core.
Because Caleb isn’t quite what he seems. In fact, he’s not entirely human, and he’s not the only one.
Together, the duo faces a threat from an ancient race bound to protect humans, but only after protecting their own secrets—secrets they fear Ava may expose. Fighting to survive, Ava soon learns she’s not actually normal . . . she’s not even just special.
She’s a little bit more.
The Guardians: Book Two in the MORE Trilogy
Coming November 7, 2013
About T.M. Franklin
T.M. Franklin started out her career writing non-fiction in a television newsroom. Graduating with a B.A. in Communications specializing in broadcast journalism and production, she worked for nine years as a major market television news producer, and garnered two regional Emmy Awards, before she resigned to be a full-time mom and part-time freelance writer. After writing and unsuccessfully querying a novel that she now admits, “is not that great,” she decided to follow the advice of one of the agents who turned her down—write some more and get better at it. Her first published novel, MORE, was born during National Novel Writing month, a challenge to write a novel in thirty days.
She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, Mike, is mom to two boys, Justin and Ryan, and has an enormous black dog named Rocky who’s always lying nearby while she’s writing. Whether he’s soothed by the clicking of the computer keys or just waiting for someone to rub his belly is up for debate.
In addition to MORE and The Guardians, Franklin penned the Amazon best-selling short story, Window, as well as another short story, A Piece of Cake, which appears in the Romantic Interludes anthology.
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