G. K. Fralin’s lust for writing rose from a sixth grade poem that gained her notice by her teacher and encouragement from her parents.
She loved growing up under the protection of the Flint Hills in walking distance to the popular fishing sites of the Big Blue River. The scenic majesty of that valley plays heavily into her work.
She’s spent her adult life thirty miles or so north in Southeast Nebraska with her husband, raising three children who are now married with children of their own. Once the children left for their own life pursuits, G. K. found time on her hands to spend on her dream of writing a book.
After working as a licensed practical nurse for nearly twenty-year; G. K. went back to school and earned a Bachelor’s of Applied Science degree in Business Management. While back in college she took as many writing courses as she could before finishing her senior year.
G. K. Fralin’s family, country background, conservative Christian values and vivid imagination all play into what she writes. She is a stickler for research. “I wasn’t great at history or geography in school, but now I can stretch my horizons as I choose and the world is amazing outside the small area of the globe where I live. The times of past and possible futures load a curious mind with wonderful knowledge and trivia.”
Her first published book, The Search, trapped her main character, Sheridan, into the back country off I-80 in a small town of Hidden. She’s stuck with an increasingly deceptive innkeeper. The only way out is to follow a man called Shepard on a treacherous journey. Six Strange Short Stories shows G. K. Fralin’s bizarre repertoire of short stories she felt worth putting together.
Now with the release of the first book of the Charlie Bueller series, G. K. brings Who Be Charlie B.? out of the shadows of history to help him find why he was born with dark skin to white parents. How will he learn to step out from under his parents protection into a world of hate and prejudice?
What's the story behind your latest book?
Who Be Charlie B. reveals young Charlie's struggle as a black man from a white family in a small town. Set in the early 20th century, he endures prejudice and hatred and the love and support of a protective mother. Learning where his color came from and how he fits into his world is key for this young man.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I guess when the light comes in the window. I don't work outside the home anymore. I was a nurse or worked in the healthcare field for over twenty years. In that professions you live by the clock. I mean you really live by it. The clock tells you when to be to work, but then it tells you when to give someone medication or a treatment and you have to keep track of pulse, respiration and so forth. All of it is by the clock. When I had to go on disability, the watch went bye bye. I've slowed down a lot, and that's helped me find the time to slow my mind down and write. My best time of day is afternoon and evening. So, I get up because I wake up and it's the thing to do. I guess I'm pretty boring until about two o'clock.
Finding Charlie: A Forbidden Romance, follows the young Charlie Bueller in 1910 Nebraska. Charlie's dark skin sets off a storm when his white mother remarries a man who turns against Charlie. He's cast out of his family home and strikes out with his friend to find a place in the world. When he takes a job with the railroad, an independent young white woman sets her sites on him.
The Moaning Rocks and Other Stories
on May 03, 2011
David's stories are emotionally wrenching. I found myself repulsed by the villains but unable to stop reading until the end. I read the first story and instead of the hoped for sweet ending that we all expect, I was haunted. If you like great thrillers, you will love this book. G.K. Fralin
Spiritus Mundi - Book I: The Novel
on May 06, 2013
I've not only had the pleasure of owning and currently reading Spiritus Mundi, I interviewed Robert for my blog last month. I am blown away by the way Robert captures the elements that push Sartorius through his life and the way the character takes up the reins of causes but loses his family and some part of himself in the process.
Robert is astounding me with each paragraph and chapter. I have no idea what to compare Spirtus Mundi to with its global impact on the main character Sartorius and the reader. There's no preaching on the cause, but a story of a man tossed by life and purposefully taking up the causes of the world and in the case of Spritus Mundi, the U.N.
It's political, sad, romantic, thrilling, suggestive, and many other facets that can apply to a highly developed novel.
365 Haikus by J.R. MacLean
on May 06, 2013
I've long been a fan of JR's poetry. He ranges from the intensely serious to the flippant flop-me-on-the-floor laughing comedian.
JR often works from photographs making his work visual as he pours emotion into the picture he interprets in the poem. His haiku are no different and I really appreciate his devil-may-care force against self proclaimed experts as he consistently adheres to the 5-7-5 syllable style.
Thank you JR MacLean for the fun and especially that odd donkey in two haikus. :)