Friday, October 25, 2013

Five on Friday - Tom Franklin

Happy Friday friends! I hope you had a great week. This week I got to see my other great love--Harry Connick, Jr.--in concert, so the rest of the week is pretty moot, I'm just elated from that!

But I'm also really excited about our Five on Friday guest today because I really love his work and this is the first time he's joined us here on the blog. But before we get to that, a few things from the week.

First the books were announced for the 2014 World Book Night. You can see their selections here. I have to say I like this batch better than the books selected for 2013. You can also now apply to be a giver for 2014. Applications will be accepted until January 5th.

A few things in the big and small screen world connected to crime fiction. A new Philip Marlowe series? How about a return to Cabot Cove? And on the Jo Nesbø front.  

Also, Jenn over at Jenn's Bookshelves has been featuring horror/thriller/mystery books all month for Halloween. If you haven't stopped by to check out her fun, be sure to do so!

Contests to check out this week:

There's still time to get in on the October Reads Bundle Sweepstakes at Criminal Element. They also have a chance for you to win Age of Blood.

Friday Reads has Chelsea Cain's new book Let Me Go.

And don't forget to stop over to Lesa's blog and see what goodies she has in store for her contest this week.

O.k. that's it for my yapping. Let me move on to Tom Franklin! In 2011 I listened to the audiobook of Tom's Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter and it was on my list of favorite audios for that year. So I was thrilled beyond words when I heard about the new book he had coming out this year (earlier this month).  I'll have more soon about The Tilted World that he co-wrote with his wife Beth Ann Fennelly, but suffice it to say, I'll be recommending it to many, many people. Tom Franklin has such an amazing gift with creating rich atmospheric novels. So if you haven't read him, I highly encourage you to do so.

And if my encouragement isn't enough, maybe reading his Five on Friday will goose you a little more. Plus we get a little extra from Tom. He answered five but left off the bucket list question at first. So a bonus! Ladies and gents, Tom Franklin!

A place I’ve never visited but would like to is Australia. Since seeing Crocodile Dundee I've had a romance with Down Under. Maybe I'd run into Tim Winston over (I mean under) there.

If I could sit next to anyone (not related to me) on a cross-country flight, it would be Stephen King because I LOVE his books and have 1000s of questions. He'd probably hate it though.

The best car I ever owned was a 75 MG Midget. My dad, a mechanic, had one for a while and I got to drive it for a few months. It had a leaky master cylinder and dripped brake fluid on my hushpuppies and ruined them.

Happiness is being warm.

My favorite vegetable is the durable potato. I love mashed potatoes more than being warm.

Bucket list in no particular order:
  • Have dinner with Stephen The King
  • Go to Australia
  • Find a copy of Avengers no. 1 (1963 series) that I can afford.
  • See (even a bad) movie made from one of my novels or stories
  • Go to Wimbledon

And for the record, I love Tom even more now. Happiness IS being warm, especially now that the temps are turning on me. PLUS, mashed potatoes? Yay! I might like being warm more than the potatoes, but I still love mashed potatoes. I hope Tom is able to knock some of those bucket list items off soon.

And I hope YOU have a great weekend. Be sure to find some time for a good book or two because reading every day is important! Happy reading, friends!


SuziQoregon October 25, 2013 at 10:36 AM  

Love it - I've been a Tom Franklin fan for years since a friend convinced me to read Hell at the Breech. I'm in the middle of The Tilted World right now and loving it.

Tom Franklin coming to Powell's in Portland on a tour someday is on my bucket list.

Lori October 25, 2013 at 3:38 PM  

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter is one of my all-time favorite books. Can't wait to read Tom's new book. Thanks for posting about him.

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