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WELCOME AUTHOR DARLENE FRANKLIN
10/19/2017 11:55:00 AM by: Patti

FEATURED BOOK:  Maple Notch Romances (8 novel collection)

AUTHOR’S NAME:   Darlene Franklin

PUBLISHER:  Forget Me Not Romances

GENRE:  Historical and contemporary romances

STAND ALONE OR SERIES:  series (in one book)

TARGET AGE:  10-100+

 

IT IS MY PLEASURE TO WELCOME AUTHOR DARLENE FRANKLIN TO THE OVER 50 WRITER. DARLENE’S RESIDENCE IN A NURSING HOME HAS NOT SLOWED DOWN HER WRITING CAREER A BIT. SHE SHARES A GOD-ORDAINED ENCOUNTER THAT LED TO ONE OF HER WRITING ASSIGNMENTS.

 

DARLENE IS OFFERING A GIVEAWAY! SIMPLY LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW TO ENTER THE DRAWING FOR AN EBOOK COPY OF MAPLE NOTCH ROMANCES (AN 8 NOVEL COLLECTION!).

 

WHEN PATHS CROSS

 

by

 

Darlene Franklin

 

Tapiwa Gwenlisa “Gwen” Marange founded the International Albinism Awareness Initiative in Zimbabwe in 2015. Since then, she’s led the nation’s first International Albinism Awareness Day, and organized a team to help women, teens, and children with Albinism in a country where they are misunderstood, stigmatized and mistreated.

 

I met Gwen in the nursing home where I live. She was visiting our preacher, her brother, after participating in the Mandela Washington Fellowship. Every year, a thousand of Africa’s brightest and best young minds are chosen to learn side by side with American businesses.

 

Only God could cause the paths of a senior citizen from New England and a young woman from Zimbabwe to cross in a nursing home in Oklahoma. Did I ever expect to write about an international difference maker? No, but God knew we would meet.

 

Did Gwen wonder how to spread the word about her mission in America? God arranged our meeting, although I wouldn’t consider myself the ideal messenger.

 

As people say, it’s a God-thing. God’s ways and God’s thoughts direct the outcome. God called Gwen to making albinism awareness her life’s work through a mothers’ support group she joined after her divorce.

 

People with albinism comprise almost three percent of Zimbabwe’s population of fourteen million. Albinism is a genetic condition where a person has a congenital absence of pigment in their skin, hair, and eyes. In a country with a single racial identity (over 99% African), onlookers who misunderstand the genetic origins of albinism often wonder if the child is biracial. At its worst, witchdoctors prescribe mutilation or rape of people with albinism to cure the ailments of others. Unemployment is the norm. Regardless of their training, businesses are slow to hire someone with albinism, fearing customer backlash.

 

God uniquely prepared Gwen for her life’s work through her warmly supportive family and a vibrant faith. In fact, she didn’t realize she was different from other children until she went to school. There she also discovered a love for learning. She completed the equivalent of an associate’s degree in business management, Divinity/Bible knowledge, and Shona (native language). It’s hard to imagine a better training for the position she eventually gained.

 

After Gwen understood what God wanted, she went straight to work. She hopes to create an inclusive society with equal opportunity for all, regardless of skin color. Two of her objectives are to transform perception of albinism and to empower albinos with economic independence.

 

God activated Gwen at the perfect time. The United Nations proclaimed June 13, 2015 as the first International Albinism Awareness Day. Zimbabwe’s celebration was a huge success, but most of Gwen’s daily work is more mundane, mentoring individuals, children, teens and adults. They’re in constant need of eye and skin protection for their clients. In ten years, she hopes to have facilities to help people achieve economic independence.” When I face challenges, when I don’t see any good choices, I just look up at God and say, ‘You gave me this job.’”

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For more information on Gwen Marange and the Albinism Awareness Initiative, got to https://www.facebook.com/alivezimbabwe/.

 

DON’T FORGET TO LEAVE A COMMENT TO BE PLACED IN THE DRAWING TO WIN AN EBOOK COPY OF MAPLE NOTCH ROMANCES (AN 8 NOVEL COLLECTION!) BETWEEN NOW AND SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29TH AT MIDNIGHT MDT.

Best-selling hybrid author Darlene Franklin's greatest claim to fame is that she writes full-time from a nursing home. Mermaid Song is her fiftieth unique title! She’s also contributed to more than twenty nonfiction titles. Her column, “The View Through my Door,” appears in five monthly venues. Other recent titles are Christmas Masquerade, Captive Brides, Her Rocky Mountain Highness, and Take Me Home.

Visit Darlene online at:

 

Website and blog

Facebook

Twitter

Amazon author page

 

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Comments

Sylvia A. Nash From Tennessee At 10/24/2017 3:39:37 PM

Prejudice can take so many forms. I applaud Darlene and Gwen for spreading the word and working to enlighten others.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Amen to that, Sylvia. Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.

Becky Smith From Kansas City, Missour At 10/24/2017 9:00:26 AM

Very interesting post! Very interesting topic! I've heard of albinism, but have not known anyone with that condition. This series look like good reading.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Becky. We're glad you stopped by and let us know you were here.

Bonnie Engstrom From Arizona At 10/24/2017 12:06:51 AM

I didn't know Darlene wrote about this subject. I am so proud of her and her many accomplishments. Bonnie

Reply by: Patti Shene

I found the post most interesting, Bonnie, because my mom was born with the condition of albinism. I am thankful she did not live in Zimbabwe! Darlene is an amazing lady and an excellent writer. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.

cleo Lampos From Chicago area At 10/20/2017 8:12:26 AM

Darlene Franklin has been an inspiring author to me for a long time. This new book really hits the spot for me in terms of content and underlying message. Congats on another novel to make us feel and think.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Cleo. Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your admiration for Darlene. She is truly an amazing lady.

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