Spotlight: Little Big Brother

Charlie is like most high school freshmen: prone to embarrassing moments and little experience with the opposite sex (okay, none). Thank God his older brother can guide him through it all. Well, sometimes. The dead can’t visit on a whim.

DeAndre’s visits are the only things keeping Charlie afloat as he navigates his teenage years. But this blessing is also a curse, straining Charlie’s friendships and threatening to derail his wishful romance with Samantha. Before Charlie can move on he needs to know if he’s really communicating with his dead brother or if it’s all in his mind as his mother and therapists believe. The clock is ticking. DeAndre tells him he won’t be around forever and the grief is tearing at the seams of Charlie’s relationships.

An encounter between DeAndre and Samantha may provide the answer, and how Charlie deals with it will be the difference between keeping those he loves and losing them forever.

Arsenio Franklin is the author of Unholy Revelations. A lifelong reader, he left his public relations job to be a writer.

He also works as an after-school teacher. In his free time he enjoys running, watching NBA basketball and playing video games. A born-again WWE fan, he will defend professional wrestling as the last great performance art until his death. He lives in Gallatin, TN with his wife, Laura.
Check out his Website here: https://depressedhousehusband.wordpress.com/

Q&A with the Author

● How do you deal with writer’s block?
Write. Write. Write. Eventually something will happen.

● What’s the best thing about being a writer?
Giving readers the same feeling I get when reading a great story.

● What’s your advice for aspiring writers?
Do it. Don’t let fear hold you back. The hardest part is getting started.

● How do you get inspired to write?
Inspiration is everywhere. Books, television, music, video games. I get a lot of good ideas while running.

● What prevents you from writing?
The Internet.

● If you could tell your younger self anything, what would it be?
Go for it. You are the only thing that matters. Support is great, but believing in yourself is the most powerful tool.

● When did you learn that language had power?
I stayed up all night reading Harry Potter as a kid. When I couldn’t stay awake any longer, I’d fall asleep thinking about what I’d just read. The words made me feel. I’d find myself thinking, “What if.”

● What is your favorite book?
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami. It’s a dystopian, a fantasy, a mystery, a romance and so much more. It sounds like a jumbled mess, but it’s woven together beautifully.

● What is your spirit animal?
Rapper J Cole is my spirit animal. I love his music.

● How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
Probably one half-finished novel and so many at other stages of incompletion.

● What does literary success look like to you?
I just want to make people feel the way I feel about words and stories. Financially, I’d love to make enough money to supplement my part-time job as an after-school teacher.

● What’s the best way to market your books?
Know your audience. Nothing works without that.

● What’s the most difficult part about writing characters from the opposite sex?
I have no idea what it’s like to be a woman. The best I can do is think on my interactions with the women in my life and try to use their words and actions to peek into their thoughts.

● How many hours a day do you write?
It depends. One hour and I’ll feel okay.

● Have you read anything that made you think differently about fiction?
I’m finally at a point in my writing that I’ll catch myself thinking about another writer’s process when reading their book. Like, “Oh, now I see why they did that.”

● How do you select the names of your characters?
Sometimes it just comes to me, other times I’ll use a placeholder until I find one I like.

● Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with good ones and bad ones?
Of course, I read them. Good or bad, I’m appreciative they took the time to read my book.

● What is your favorite childhood book?
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

● What is the most difficult part of writing?
Resisting the urge to edit while writing my first draft.

● Is there anything you would do differently in your writing career, given the chance?
Start earlier.

● How long on average does it take you to write a book?
Several months for a complete first draft. There’s no telling once I start editing and rewriting.

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