Happy post-book release day to author Charles Franklin!!!
I am beyond thrilled to help spotlight his book, Children of the Forgotten, and interview him this afternoon. He has been so kind and encouraging to me with writing, but especially as a friend. I’m so grateful to have met him virtually through the sweet Mandy Fender.
Check out his book below and then will dive into the fun interview I had with him about his new release!
About the Book
In a post-apocalyptic world, most people by age thirty have succumbed to the Sickness, a mysterious deadly illness. But the Sickness is not the only enemy for Collin Mann’s city. Hordes of deranged killers live in the hills around it. With few trained protectors, the future of the little city looks bleak.
Collin, fifteen years old, buries those the Sickness consumes. Slight and awkward, he shuns warrior training, avoiding the example of his big brother and guardian.
When killers attack at the watering hole, he’s called to step forward and defend. Instead, he freezes. He’s ashamed. His people need him to fight. But can he do it? Or would a clumsy person like himself make any difference in the battle for existence?
– Hi Charles! I am SO excited to be chatting with you today! For those who don’t know you, can you share three words to describe yourself?
This is a tough one to start off with, but I’ll give it a shot! I’d have to say: dreamer, giver, and foodie. I think all writers are dreamers, so that goes without explaining really, but I think I drift off a little more than most people! I’m a giver because I love to do things for those that I care about, whether it’s my wife and kids, friends, or strangers, I’d much rather give than receive. And I’m a foodie because…well, I always seem to be hungry!! I’d be hard pressed to find a food that I don’t like.
– Ah, I love this, Charles! I think I’m a giver too, though I commend you for not finding a food you didn’t like! You mention on your website that you’re searching for answers, dragons, and extra-long burritos. (I think that’s so awesome!) Have you ever spotted a dragon in TX? 😉 How about have lunch with one? Would burritos be on the menu?
There haven’t been any dragon sightings in Texas….yet! But my eyes are open and I’ll keep hoping. As for lunch with a dragon, I’d be down for it if it was a friendly one. And, yes, burritos would for sure be on the menu! Since I’m a foodie, it’s hard to name a favorite food, but burritos would have to be up there!
– I’m glad your keeping an eye for any friendly dragons! 😉 I noticed you also mentioned on your website that you’re currently working on a few different stories. How long have you been writing? Have you always wanted to be a writer?
Book Two (Title TBD) of the Anistemi Series is taking up all of my writing time at the moment, but I do have a few ideas on stories that will be a part of the Anistemi world. Aside from those, I’m planning an action thriller about a girl who is rescued from human trafficking. I’ve written the first chapter and can’t wait to get back into it. As for your other questions, I’ve been writing since I was young, but only seriously for the past five years. And, no, I never dreamed I’d pursue publication, let alone be a published author! God is good!
– How exciting! By the way…Happy post-release day! I greatly love dystopian, especially if it has Christian elements. What inspired you to write your story? Did any authors inspire you to also write in this genre?
I’ve always been a fan of post-apocalyptic stories, and several popular stories inspired me to write Children of the Forgotten. The biggest thing I wanted to bring into a post-apocalypse was faith. I’d read or seen so many stories where the heroes fought so hard to defeat whatever foe they faced, but they rarely brought God’s name into the story. I wanted to do that with my novel.
One of my biggest inspirations to write in this genre is Nadine Brandes. Not only is she a fabulous author, editor, and friend, she is one of the most genuinely good people you will meet in this world. I pray that I can go about things like she does.
– I’m really really really excited to dive into your book! Also, Nadine is so sweet! How do you think you would survive if you were suddenly thrusted into your world? What kind of food would you eat?
Honestly, it would be tough. Collin and his friends are without electricity, running water, and countless other things we take for granted each day. Thankfully, I’ve served in the Army and can do without, but I wouldn’t be happy about it! As for what kind of food I would eat, thankfully the city where Collin lives has gardens and livestock. I’m sure I could whip up something that could be made into an extra-large burrito. 😉
– Haha! Hurrah, Charles! If I get thrusted into your world, I’ll be sure to seek you out for those burritos. 😉 I’ve heard on numerous occasions that most authors can’t choose a favorite character, BUT I wonder who you would want to hang out with for a day. Who’s the lucky character to hang out with you? What would you guys do?
You’re right, I could never choose a favorite character. There’s just so much I love about each one of them. But I can easily answer your question and say that I’d like to hang out with Ty. His full name is, Tyrilius Guadalupe Espinoza-Rodriguez, but he calls himself, The Tyger. Ty is Collin’s loyal best friend and I think those who read the book will really enjoy him.
As for what we’d do, I think I’d go on a patrol with Ty. We’d ride horseback into the hills that surround the city and he could show me all the places that he’s been. I’m sure we’d also discuss what’s coming up for him in Book Two. And I’d hope he’s okay with it!
– Wow! That’s a super long name! It sounds like you guys would have a really good time. 🙂 What’s one thing, person, or place you hope your readers will love just as much as you do?
There is one person–or some might call him a “thing”–that I absolutely love and I hope I was able to show him to the readers in the same way that I see him. His name is, Donk, and I think he is a wonderful person. I can’t really get into details about him without spoiling, but I hope I was able to convince readers to care as much about him as I do.
– Oooo! Can’t wait to meet him! 😀 Thanks so much for chatting with me, Charles!
About the Author
Charles Franklin grew up in Mineral Wells, Texas. Following a 22-year Army career including plenty of middle-east combat, he lives in Texas with his beautiful wife and three children and is starting a new career as a middle-school teacher. As an author, he enjoys telling tales of adventure filled with faith and purpose. When he’s not writing, he enjoys spending precious time with his family. Find him online and get a free short-story prequel to his Anistemi series at CharlesFranklinAuthor.com