Getting to Know Tami Franklin
Tami Franklin writes sweet and wholesome romance that will sweep you away. A former TV news producer and freelance writer, she now enjoys sharing stories about people destined to be together… they just might need a little help getting there. You can learn more about Tami and her book here.
Where did you grow up, and where do you live now? Tell us something a lot of people don’t know about your home town.
I grew up in a small town called Monroe, Washington, but I live now Lake Tapps, about halfway between Seattle and Tacoma. It’s beautiful and green here, with lots of outdoor activities, and a little known fact is, it doesn’t actually rain here all the time! Yes, we do get a lot of rain, but we also have beautiful summers that aren’t too hot.
What is your favorite part about writing Sweet Romance/ Cozy Mysteries?
Personally, I really enjoy the part of a romance leading up to that first kiss—the eyes meeting, fingers touching, breath catching . . . all of that. It’s so much fun, and it’s what makes a romance romantic in my opinion. Sweet romance is all about that buildup and that’s why I enjoy reading and writing it.
Who or what inspired you to become an author?
I’ve always been a writer. I worked in a TV newsroom, so for the first part of my career, I wrote news copy, but when my younger son was born, I decided to try writing fiction. There wasn’t any one person or event that inspired me to do it. It was just something I’d wanted to try for a long time.
If you weren’t an author, what would you be doing?
I’m still a REALTOR, so I’d continue doing that, as well as substitute teaching.
Do you have any pets? Please tell us about them!
I do! I have a pittie mix named Bond. When I first introduced him on social media, I told everyone, “This is Bond.” At the time, I added, “I feel like I should say ‘James Bond’ after that.” It became a running joke, so now he’s known as Bond (James Bond). He’s the sweetest thing, but he’s absolutely crazy . . . especially around other dogs. He got kicked out of puppy play time, poor thing, and now lives a life of isolation, at least when it comes to other dogs.
Have you found your own real life happily ever after?
Yes, I’ve been happily married for 32 years now.
What is one book that impacted or changed your life that you think everybody should read? Tell us about it.
Well, the first book that comes to mind is the Bible, of course. It has changed my life, and changes it every day. But other than that, I have to say one I’ve read lately that really stuck with me is If You Find Me, by Emily Murdoch. It’s the story of a girl who lives in a broken down camper in the middle of a national forest with her little sister. Her mother is a drug addict and abuser and the book actually begins when she’s found by her father, ten years after her mom abducted her. It’s heart-wrenching what she’s been through, which is revealed through the book, but it’s also an inspiring story of survival and strength.