The Big Debate (Literary Loom #1) by Carolyn Frank – Interview, Guest Post & Giveaway


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The Big Debate (Literary Loom #1)

A bizarre corpse . . .
A strange girl . . .
A creepy teacher . . .
A cool invention . . .
Combine these with an old school and a new student anxious to fit in—and the adventure begins.
Fifteen-year-old Josh’s big mouth gets him in trouble at first. But after walking in the shoes of great men of history in the Literary Loom, he uses that mouth to bring down the bad guy and ultimately solve the mystery behind the murder—and the strange girl.


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Author Carolyn Twede Frank

Carolyn has always liked to create. There were always gardens full of beautiful plants in her life, plenty of frilly, homemade dresses for her daughters—and don’t leave out the puppets. Ever since third grade, Carolyn also liked to write. She is the author of Promises, a teen historical fiction novel, and the author/illustrator of two children’s picture books. Carolyn lives in Utah with her husband and teenage daughter, where she runs her puppet-related business in between family time and writing time.


Guest Post

            The first book I ever wrote was a new adult romance. After having accomplished that seemingly monumental task seven years ago, the writing bug sunk its teeth into my creative nature and I knew I wanted to write more. I had all sorts of ideas and plans for writing a sci-fi and/or urban fantasy. For some reason, however, I was drawn to the memoirs of my husband’s grandmother instead for my second novel. I based the book, entitled Promises, on her life as a child growing up and playing in Bryce Canyon before it became a national park. That was my first published work.

More ideas for sci-fi and urban fantasy materialized in my head. Again, they were crowded out by a desire to tell young readers of the amazing life of Joan of Arc. As I worked to bring this bit of history to life, the idea of the Literary Loom was born.

The Big Debate, the first book in my Literary Loom series, is my second published novel. This series takes the main character on numerous adventures as he book travels through history. I have a third novel slated for publication through Covenant Communications for early 2014. It too, is a historical novel. It is based closely on the true life story of a German LDS boy who was a Hitler Youth against his will.

This past year, I finished a post-apocalyptic dystopian novel and was polishing it with the help of my critique group. For some reason I just couldn’t get through it, and have since abandoned it for another novel that fits more in line with my other historical stories. I think I’m seeing the writing on the wall. I’m meant to write historical novels—or at least novels that make people think beyond the plot line.

There is one problem with this realization. I fear I have become overzealous in describing my new book as something other than candy for the brain. Just because I love “meat and potato” books and I see it as a plus, a majority of readers out there might not. In fact, they may view that as a turn off, fearing something along the lines of heavy, non-fiction reading. But I promise, there is a fun story line in The Big Debate that is plenty sweet and delightful to nibble upon—or pig-out on, depending on your reading style. The added substance will only be a bonus. I would just hope readers of YA will give it a chance.



If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?

Definitely into the past. I love history, there is so much to be learned there. In fact, in this book I take my MC into the past, not via a time machine, but by traveling through books with the help of the Literary Loom.

If you could have any superpower what would you choose?

Plant-like powers. In fact, I’ve just complete a book that features a kid who sprouts from a seed and has amazing powers. I’m sure this all stems from my love of plants and my graduate degree in botany.

If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?

There are so many I want to meet, like Beethoven, Tyndale, Washington—I can’t choose.

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?

This is easy. I eat it almost every day: whole wheat waffles with homemade honey vanilla yogurt and fresh fruit.

What is your favorite Quote?

When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?

A scientist

How did you know you should become an author?

There is this insatiable drive inside me that keeps nudging me, even when I feel like giving up. It didn’t surface until seven years ago, but that’s a good thing. My life was too hectic with family and my puppet manufacturing business, that I couldn’t have followed it then. It’s hard enough now. I feel like I’m writing for the fringes—sub genres that most publishers don’t touch because of the lack of money to be found there. But that is where this drive seems to steer me toward.

Can you see yourself in any of your characters?

The main character Josh—he hates to see injustice prevail, and he values the freedom to make his own choices.

What do you do in your free time?


What’s your favorite season/weather?


What is your guilty pleasure?

Dried mangos with a dusting of sugar

Favorite smell?

The inside of a greenhouse

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

I’ve been on the David Letterman show. (Actually, I was not on stage but in Rupert’s Deli playing Celebrity X-ray Challenge).

If you could take over the world, would you?

Definitely not! I just want my own little corner where I can write, be all to myself, and not have to worry about the world’s problems

Do you prefer to write in silence or with music?


Favorite historical person?

Too many of them to name

Something your readers would never guess about you

I don’t care for chocolate. But maybe I shouldn’t have said that. Now readers might not trust me and they won’t give my books a try. I hope not.


Who or what inspired your last book?

The inspiration for this book came as I was reading the book Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc by Mark Twain. I remember thinking why did God care so much about the French being free from English rule—lots of other countries had succumbed to them? And then the answer came to me as a quiet voice in my head: God needed the French to be free so they could help America to be free. This moved me to the point I wanted to share it with others and thus the idea of the book was born.


If you were President for a day, what is the first thing you would do?

Balance the budget

Favorite/most influential teacher

My seventh grade biology teacher—his positive reinforcement gave birth to my love of science.


What drew you to writing this genre?

It must be the Big Man upstairs, because I keep trying to write other more popular genres, but I keep getting drawn back to stories about history. In fact, I have a post-apocalyptic dystopian novel finished, just needing a final edit, but I felt strongly I should abandon it and work on a creative non-fiction memoir.

(This question is the impetus for the guest post I wrote. See the other attachment).

What is your favorite scene in the book?

George Washington and his troops escaping from Long Island with the help of a dense cover of fog. I still get a lump in my throat, no matter how many times I read it—the hand of God is obvious in Washington’s success and the ultimate freedom of America.

Do you write as you go or do you have the book all planned out from page 1?

I have a loose outline, but I let creativity flesh out the story as I go.


What book do you love that doesn’t get a lot of hype?

Personal Recolections of Joan of Arc, by Mark Twain.
How many books are in your TRB pile?

What is the last thing you bought?

Groceries—I hate to shop, I only do it for things I absolutely need.

What makes your novel standout from the crowd?

It brings history to life in an engaging, entertaining, and rewarding way, providing substance rather than candy for the brain.





This or That (I only answered the ones that I had a definite opinion on)

Answer a few or all of them…

TV or Movies? Neither—I prefer a book
Hot or Cold?
Black or White?

Night owl, or early bird? Early bird

Print or Ebook?
Chocolate or Vanilla?
Regular or Diet?
Coke or Pepsi?
I don’t drink pop of any flavor
Horror or Romance?
Action or Drama?
Pizza or Pasta?
Skittles or M&Ms?
Sweet or Salty?
Summer or Winter?
City or Country?
Harry Potter or Twilight?
Harry Potter
Gum or Breath Mints?
Spontaneity or Planning Ahead?
PC or Mac?
Beach or Pool?
Shoes or Sandals?
Cats or Dog?
Apples or Oranges?
Cause or Effect?
Heads or Tails?
Facebook or Twitter?
Truth or Dare?
Text or Talk?

Introvert or Extrovert? Introvert


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Tour Schedule

April 24th
Book Blast

April 25th
I Am A Reader, Not A Writer – Interview
Why Not? Because I Said So? – Review
Books, Books the Magical Fruit – Excerpt

April 26th
Laurie Here – Review
Ky Bunnies – Tens List
My Random Life – Excerpt

April 27th
Cuzinlogic – Interview
Books for YA – Review
Sweeping Me – Spotlight

April 29th
Storeybook Reviews – Review
Peace from Pieces – Interview
Mythical Books – Spotlight

April 30th
Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews – Character Interview
Booklady’s Booknotes – Review
Books, Owls and Tea – Spotlight

May 1st
Lori’s Reading Corner – Spotlight
Ohana Day Academy – Review
From the Bootheel Cotton Patch – Excerpt

May 2nd
Good Choice Reading – Interview
Red Reader Reviews – Spotlight


  1. Thanks for the interview. :