Complementing my interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the three hundred and second, is of poet, novelist and interviewee Franki deMerle. If you would like to take part in an author spotlight, take a look at author-spotlights.
Franki deMerle is the American author of two collections of poetry and three reincarnation novels. Her poetry collections, Ripples on the Surface and Child of the Universe, together total 552 poems, and she is currently working on the next collection. Her novels are Deception Past, which is set mostly in the southeastern United States; Dragonfly Dreams, set primarily in the northwestern United States; and Five Flowers, which is a historical reincarnation novel spanning five centuries.
Franki was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and grew up in Huntsville, Alabama, during the original manned spaceflight program and the Civil Rights Movement. She began writing poetry as a teenager and began writing novels when she was in her 50s. She studied ornamental horticulture in school and has worked as a professional musician and as a civilian for the United States Army.
Franki has been president of the Huntsville, Alabama, Classic Guitar Society, and performed on guitar and sitar in North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Texas, and Washington. She was originally published in numerous anthologies by The National Library of Poetry. She was a founding member of The Build the Dream Foundation, which built the Washington, D.C., memorial to the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
A keen gardener at home in the Pacific Northwest, Franki enjoys yoga, and playing guitar and harp. She has been a featured author with the Independent Author Network and currently publishes through Katmoran Publications. Franki deMerle’s books are available through most ebook providers and in paper back through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, www.bookdepository.com, and http://www.ReincarnationBooks.com
And now from the author herself:
Hello, I’m Franki deMerle. I like to write, among many other things, and I’ve published a total of five books so far. In my first novel, Deception Past, I used real events from my own life and fictional characters. No, Sand, the main character, is not actually me, although I am in all of the characters. Some were inspired by people I’ve known, but I combined aspects of two or three people, plus myself, in each character. Fictional characters are sort of like dreams—they may appear as real people, but the dreamer is in all of them.
The story of Deception Past is told using symbolism of the twenty-two Major Arcana of the Tarot Cards. I used to have a collection of different styles of tarot for the artwork. I knew I’d write my best if I stuck to what I actually knew, so I did. By the way, the title comes from one of the most beautiful places on earth, Deception Pass, Washington. It lies between Whidbey and Fidalgo Islands.
My second novel, Dragonfly Dreams, is more of a romance and a bit of a fable. The fictional characters take their traits primarily from animal symbolism of different cultures around the world. Most of the characters have names that obviously relate to their animal symbols. While it’s fiction, the story of Battle Ground, Washington, in the last chapter is true.
My most recent novel, Five Flowers, is a new genre, which I call Historical Reincarnation. The characters are all historical people who reincarnate as more historical people. Then they do it again. I use the real names of the characters except for the last incarnation in Part Three. There I use anagrams, partly because some of them are still living, and partly because of the nature of the characters themselves. Of course, it’s historical fiction. The five main characters are women and are represented by flowers, so you can follow the characters through their reincarnations by their flowers. As depicted on the cover of the book, their first incarnation is as the first five wives of King Henry VIII.
I very much enjoyed writing historical reincarnation, because I enjoy reading, and lots of research is required. I’m very grateful to all the other authors who have gone before me and written all the many books that have given me information to use. I was in the process of researching my next historical reincarnation book when I got the idea for the one I’m currently writing instead. I will get back to my previous project, a story of four sisters who reincarnate together as sisters several times, but the book I’ve started and am working on is about a future life who remembers my fictional current life.
I’m especially grateful to everyone who has already read any of my work. I hope you enjoyed it. Every reader will have a different perspective and take away something different based on their own experiences. If you haven’t yet read any of my work, I hope you will take the time to do so someday.
I don’t expect my readers to believe in reincarnation. My books are fiction. However, I find the concept of reincarnation fascinating because I do believe in it, all the world’s major religions and aboriginal people include at least some that believe in it, and because I find the research on reincarnation by the University of Virginia, led by Drs. Ian Stevenson and Jim Tucker, enlightening. But only suspension of actual beliefs is ever required in reading fiction.
You will also find references to reincarnation in my poetry, but poetry is subjective and always at the discretion of the reader. I began writing poetry in my sleep as a young teenager. I wrote in mirror writing. Yes, I’m dyslexic. I began life ambidextrous, but my first teacher saw to it I wrote primarily with my right hand. Over the years I eventually learned to write the “right” way around (from left to right), but now, of course, I mainly use a keyboard. I felt strongly as a child that it was more efficient to write the first line in one direction, and the next in the opposite and reversed, and so on, but it wasn’t an effective way of communicating.
As a result of my own experiences, I’m very interested in how characters feel, think, and make decisions. The mental and emotional processing of events and relationships is the essence of the character. Having spent most of my life with poor eyesight, I’m not as good with setting descriptions, because visual settings have never been as important to me. I realize that’s a weakness in writing, but writing, like life, is a process. Thank you so very much for letting me share my thoughts with you.
I’m delighted you could join us again. Thank you, Franki.
You can find more about Franki and her writing via…
- Website: www.ReincarnationBooks.com
- Independent Author Network page: j.mp/elTVij & www.IndependentAuthorNetwork.com
- Facebook Page: facebook.com/page/FrankideMerle,author
- Blog: www.DeceptionPast.WordPress.com
- Twitter: @FrankideMerle
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Morgen’s Online Non-Fiction Writing Group
Morgen’s Online Novel Writing Group
Morgen’s Online Poetry Writing Group
Morgen’s Online Script Writing Group
Morgen’s Online Short Story Writing Group
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