September 29, 2018Article #135
SCAN: Hosted by Lynda McKinney Lambert & Miss Opal
Frances Strong is a prolific author as you will see in this interview. Frances is Guest Author #13.I think of #13 as a Baker’s Dozen – you get something extra with Frances. I first met Frances Dinkins Strong on an internet writers group, “Behind Our Eyes, Inc.” Like most writers in this group, Frances is visually impaired. This fact does not prevent Frances from doing just about anything in her life. In our interview today, Frances reveals that her books show her happy childhood despite the onset of failing eyesight due to RP. Learn More about RP – Click Here! Her love and dedication for animals is prevalent in her fiction and non-fiction stories.
Miss Opal and Lynda are glad to share
Frances and her books
with YOU today.Q_ Who is your closest friend and how did you meet this person? Are you soul mates or polar opposites? Frances: My closest friend is my husband, Jimmy Strong. We met when I was a junior and he a senior in high school. It just so happened that Jimmy was a substitute school bus driver one day when he met me, and said, “That’s the girl I want to marry.” I accepted Jimmy’s invitation to the Junior/senior prom dance that year. Afterwards, we both went off to college and I didn’t see him for three years. In the summer of 1961 Jimmy worked for Tom Evans Garage as a summer job. My father came in and spoke to him. That incident encouraged Jimmy to reignite our relationship. Jimmy and I were married on June 12 1963, three days after I graduated from Columbia College. Our commitment to our vows and faith in Jesus Christ have directed our paths for fifty-five years. He is my life-long soul mate. Q_ What could you never live without? And why? What would happen if this would go away? Frances: My faith, hope and love for Jesus Christ is what motivates me every day to live the best I can to please my Lord and Savior for He has given His life for me. Without Him in my life, I would have no purpose and meaning to keep going on. It would be a dismal existence indeed. Q_ Do you have a favorite bird or animal? Is it a totem to you? When did you become aware of that special creature in your life? Frances: A horse came into my life as a miracle when I was fourteen years old. My father bought a filly and the mare for my sister unaware the mare was in foal. So the next year my colt became my “first love.” My sister and I had the most fun training and riding our young horses everywhere. Fella, my bay gelding, lived thirty-three years on our farm. He even helped train my three children to ride and to enjoy the wonderful adventures with horses. Q_ Have you authored a book? Or more? Can you tell us about how you began to write that book? Frances: In 1991 I found a neglected, older black horse I named Lucky. He gave me the spark to get up in the morning and care for him. After his death in 1998 I told my friend about Lucky. She told me it sounded like a good children’s story. With much encouragement, I wrote my first book, A Lucky Pair, where Lucky tells his story. My sister illustrated the book which made it extra special to me and my family. Q_ Do you have a favorite song that brings back good memories? What would the song be? Frances: One of my favorite songs is “Somewhere over the Rainbow.” I started keeping my granddaughter, Laura, when she was three years old. I watched Laura three days a week. On my stereo I played mostly beautiful semi-classical music to relax by. She and I loved humming and creating imaginary dance moves to the melodies. Laura and I especially loved “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and would sing the lyrics too. Later I found a small music box which played the tune and gave it to Laura for a birthday gift. Laura is now a seventeen-year-old troubled young woman. I pray that one day she will soar over her rainbow and find happiness. 1939 – Judy Garland Sings, Somewhere Over the Rainbow – Listen Here. List of Frances Dinkins Strong children’s books:
- A Lucky Pair
- Pat, the Cat
- Beth’s Fella
- Sally and Grandma
- The Adventures of Michael Henry, the Mouse Part 1
- The Adventures of Michael Henry, the Mouse part 2
- The Adventures of Michael Henry, the Mouse Part 3
More Information from Frances
is a Memoir.
Available in print from Amazon or from author
Note: Photo of book cover for A Lucky Pair. Provided by the author.