Ghosts get stuck sometimes.
Franklin sees it as his duty to help them pass along from this world to the next.
However, a new ghost disturbs him. A greedy ghost. A powerful ghost, stronger than any Franklin has ever seen before.
And Franklin learned long ago that different just spells trouble.
Franklin Versus The Popcorn Thief—the first novel in The Chronicles of Franklin—immerses the reader deep in rural Kentucky, with an eclectic cast of characters and a delightful touch of magic.
Originally published in Feb 2014 under the title, The Popcorn Thief.
Background for Franklin Versus The Popcorn Thief
Way back in 2010 I came up with the idea for Franklin Versus The Popcorn Thief. I was taking a marketing class, and trying to learn how to write and pitch novel ideas to New York.
I started with the title first, actually. I had no idea what the rest of the book was about, but I loved that title. It was kind of silly, kind of light, and I just kind of went from there.
The very last battle of the novel was one of the first things I thought up when I created the outline for the book. (Seriously – it was always going there.)
When I started to write the novel in 2013, I was struck by the profound sense of quiet that Franklin had.
Normally, I have a soundtrack when it comes to a book. Or rather, the characters frequently inform me about the music they want to listen to.
With Franklin–there was no music. He only ever listened to the sound of the wind blowing through his corn fields, the whoosh of trucks blowing by on the nearby interstate.
Franklin also has as a deliberate manner. He’s very solid in who he is and what he does.
And yet, this character still had some changes to go through. Some things to learn and do. Not just in this novel, but in the next one as well.
I had a tremendous amount of fun writing this novel. I hope you have as much fun reading it. Franklin is one of my favorite characters.