Madeline Claire Franklin has been writing, making movies, telling lies, and otherwise creating stories for as long as she can remember. She holds a BA in Media Studies/Production with a minor in Anthropology from the University at Buffalo, where she further expanded her storytelling capacity.
In addition to her love of telling stories and researching dead people, Madeline is an avid traveler and lover of foreign cultures. She has contracted salmonella in Costa Rica, and was bitten by a goat in the Sahara Desert; her pants once caught on fire while she was walking down a street in Spain, and she got the saltiest water in the world in her eyes when she swam in the Dead Sea. None of this deters her.
Currently she lives in Buffalo, New York with a small menagerie of pets.
When did you first start writing?
I think the first time I actually put pen to paper (or crayon to construction paper, actually) was when I was in kindergarten. I had just seen a VHS copy of the Rankin Bass animated production of Peter S. Beagle's masterpiece THE LAST UNICORN. (My fairy tale series THE POPPET AND THE LUNE is greatly inspired by that work). I began as I think most child authors begin, with plagiarism. I re-told the story of the last unicorn as I had imagined it as a six-year-old girl, expanded on the parts that excited me, and dropped out "boring" parts all together.
I continued to write throughout my childhood, but I didn't write my first novel until I was 11.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It was a combination of factors, to be honest. It took me while to really believe it, but I am a very good writer. I've had countless experiences that, when I recount them, sound like wish-fulfillment fantasies about people praising my writing, agents demanding full manuscripts at writer conferences, professors and teachers expounding to my class about my work. I sound like a jerk to my own ears just talking about it, but that was a big turning point for me in my publishing career: owning the fact that I am really freaking good at what I do.
Another important fact is that I tend to be a little anti-authoritarian. I don't like the system of "gatekeepers" in the traditional publishing world. To be sure, that word "gatekeepers" gets thrown around a lot in the indie publishing world, but it's nothing to laugh at. Who are these people to say "no?" Really, truly, when you get down to it? They are people who are interested in making money for their publisher, and publishing good literature is secondary if you're lucky. Which, I understand, I really do. But as much as I want to live off royalties from writing, that's just not why I write. Not at all.
When her older sister doesn't get the kind of pony she asked for on Christmas morning, Jenn and her father assemble the rejected gift that soon becomes one of Jenn's best friends: a robotic pony named Po.