I thought we’d sit on the reading rug and have a chat with a very special guest today: Sherlock Holmes. The other one. This one’s the ten year old brother of Oliver Holmes, who’s featured in the new novel, How to Get Ainsley Bishop to Fall in Love with You.
JB: Hi, Sherlock!
Sherlock Holmes: Hello. *jots something in notebook*
JB: What’s that you’re writing down?
SH: Just some initial observations. I like to keep notes to help me remember things. Thank you for having me, Ms. Brown. It’s nice to talk to someone who wants to hear from me. Everybody always wants to talk to Oliver.
JB: Have your parents told you why they named you and Oliver after such famous Holmeses?
SH: Only about a million times! “We wanted you to have big names so you’d have big dreams and big goals.” My parents always say that.
JB: And your parents: what are they like?
SH: They’re pretty cool. For parents. I mean, my friend David has parents who don’t even talk to him, so that would really suck. Mine talk to us all the time. About everything. It can get annoying sometimes, but at least they pay attention.
JB: If you had a sister, what would her name be?
SH: First of all, gross. A sister would be the worst. David has an older sister and she’s forever playing dumb music and texting and leaving her shoes everywhere and yelling at him about nothing. But if I had one, I would guess my parents would find a name of a famous Holmes woman. Oliver always says Katie would be a bad choice, but I don’t know. It’s okay, I guess.
JB: I hear you’re quite the fan of the great detective Sherlock Holmes. How come?
SH: He’s only the greatest mind in history! Have you read any of the books? My friends don’t understand why I like them, but their only exposure is through the movies. You know, with Robert Downey Jr.? The movies are cool, but the Holmes in the books is even better. He sees everything and can uses logic and deductive reasoning to solve crimes that no one else can figure out!
JB: I love the books and I’ve read them all, many times. And you do some detecting yourself, right?
SH: I do. There are many crimes out there that must be solved.
JB: What spy equipment does every great detective need?
SH: First of all, a sharp brain. *taps temple* That is the most important tool. Then, keen observational skills, which is why I need this. *holds up notebook* A notebook to keep track of clues and theories.
JB: Is Oliver a cool big brother?
SH: I don’t know if cool is the word. I mean, he looks at himself in the mirror a LOT. It’s weird. He’s also a bit obsessed with muscle magazines lately. And his hair. It’s all very strange. I have a few working theories.
*thinks for a moment* However, I must say that Oliver has his moments. There are times when things are . . . tense at our house. He’ll let me hang out in his room and play Xbox. That’s nice.
JB: What do you know about teenagers, based on your detecting?
SH: 1. They smell
2. They attempt to cover up the smell with various things
3. Their voices crack
4. They make no logical sense
JB: What does Oliver think of that?
SH: I have yet to discuss my findings with Oliver. When I conclude my investigation into his recent odd behavior, I will present my theory.
JB: What have you deduced about Oliver?
SH: I try not to form deductions until I have obtained all the pertinent information in a case. I am still gathering the clues in the case of Oliver Wendell Holmes. The game, my dear Ms. Brown, is afoot.
Seventeen-year-old Oliver Wendell Holmes (Yes, his parents are just that peculiar, but his brother’s name is Sherlock, so it could have been worse) knows that he’s different. He’s quirky, awkward, and he’s okay with that. Oliver also likes making lists-meticulous procedures for achieving his goals, step-by-step. Whether it’s “How to Get an A in Chemistry” or “How to Get Accepted to MIT,” he has a process, and it’s worked for him so far. He doesn’t even care that the popular kids mock him. Oliver’s got his eye on the prize.
So when he decides it’s time to declare his feelings for Ainsley Bishop, the girl of his dreams, it’s only natural for him to make a list-a point-by-point strategy to win her heart. He knows it will take a grand gesture for her to see all he has to offer, and her approaching birthday provides the ideal opportunity for Oliver to put his plan into action.
Finding the perfect gift is a challenge Oliver meets with his usual dogged determination. He’ll need to watch her carefully for clues to pinpoint exactly what he should give her. And along the way, he might just learn that what Ainsley really needs is not quite what he expected.
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T.M. Franklin started out her career writing non-fiction in a television newsroom. Graduating with a B.A. in Communications specializing in broadcast journalism and production, she worked for nine years as a major market television news producer, and garnered two regional Emmy Awards, before she resigned to be a full-time mom and part-time freelance writer. Her first published novel, MORE, was born during National Novel Writing month, a challenge to write a novel in thirty days. MORE was well-received, being selected as a finalist in the 2013 Kindle Book Review Best Indie Book Awards, as well as winning the Suspense/Thriller division of the Blogger Book Fair Reader’s Choice Awards.
In addition to MORE and its sequel, The Guardians, Franklin penned the Amazon best-selling short stories A Piece of Cake andWindow, which also won a Blogger Book Fair Reader’s Choice Award for Short Story/Fantasy. Her new YA romance, How to Get Ainsley Bishop to Fall in Love with You, is Franklin’s first love story without a paranormal or fantasy element, although she believes love is the best kind of magic.
TWELVE, the final installment in the MORE Trilogy will be released in the fall of 2014.
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