Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Review of Author Theresa Franklin's "Journey to Fulfillment

I have the joy of presenting an interview with Theresa today.  I just finished reading her very insightful, fun and real memoir yesterday. You can see my review link on another post on my Log.
Hi Theresa.  Tell us about Journey to Fulfillment.  Journey to Fulfillment chronicles the painful events in my life and the lessons I learned from them.  As difficult as it is to accept, the traumatic events of our lives shapes our thoughts, principles, and convictions.  It is emotionally charged with lots of humorous events to sweeten the painful accounts.
What do you enjoy most about being a published authorI enjoy the feeling of accomplishment that I get.  It is a life-long dream and I am honored that God has allowed me to see it through. 
Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.  It was a very short journey, which is more proof that God had His hand on the steering wheel.  I was writing children’s books and preparing for retirement, when I had an emotional crisis.  During the healing process, I realized how it had guided my path in life.  The Lord impressed upon me to write the book and gave me the title Journey to Fulfillment.  I had submitted the manuscript when the publisher contacted me with an interest in one of my children’s books.  I asked him to read Journey to Fulfillment first.  He read the book that day and sent me a contract the following day.  The Lord was truly working in the writing and publishing of this book.
Reflecting back, what do you see as most significant to your publication journey? And how do your faith and spiritual life play into the picture and affect your storytelling?  Most significant to my publication journey is watching the hand of God work even when I didn’t know He was working.  My faith and spiritual life are the driving force of my storytelling.
What do you think makes your style of storytelling unique?  I have a unique sense of humor, which gets me in trouble sometimes.  I see humor in almost everything in life.  I say that people are the funniest animal God created.  I love to write about the humor of everyday events.
Tell me about yourself.  I am wife, mother, retired teacher and administrator.  I love reading, cake decorating and people watching.
What genera do you write and why? I write both fiction and non-fiction.  I never intended to write non-fiction, but the Lord changes our minds sometimes in order to put us on the path He wants.  I write for children and adults.  It is still a dream to write for young adults.
What was your inspiration for this book?  The inspiration came through the reliving of an emotionally difficult time in my life.  As I looked back at that time, I could see how God had used it to guide other parts of my life.

Thanks so much for sharing.  I know God will use your powerful book to bless many lives.
If you want to Purchase Journey to Fulfillment just click on one of these LINKS:


  1. The title should read INTERVIEW With Theresa Franklin, Author of Journey to Fulfillment

  2. Good interview, Ken! Theresa is so right about how the "bad" stuff really shapes us, especially as writers. I myself always dreamed of being a writer but it took a tragic event to finally lead me there. Although, ironically, I had been writing a YA story when the tragedy occurred and that came to a screeching halt & I've never picked it back up. But the journey to sort out my emotions after the tragedy led to the character development for my first novel. I'd never want to repeat what happened 20 years ago, but the Lord definitely worked wonders with me (perhaps this is why I love the song "Refiners Fire" so much?!)

  3. Thanks Tammy! I really appreciate you sharing your thoughts and feelings about the kind of struggles we all have faced (and will face). We "walk by faith, not by sight," as Paul writes in 2 Cor. chapter 5...
    Also, one of my favorite passages (among many, many) is in 2 Cor. 1:3-5: 3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. 5 For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. The challenges and even tragedies we face prepare us to help others deal with similar circumstances. Blessings!

  4. I am always amazed at how God uses what seems like "dregs" to bring Him glory and help us to become more like Him.

    Theresa, I so appreciate you and need to get your book. I hope it's on Kindle.

  5. Hi Lorilyn, the AMAZON link above leads right to the KINDLE version. Blessings---Ken