About the Author

Despite a rather stereotypical Southern upbringing, Wayne Franklin somehow ended up a geeky filmmaker/writer in the ‘burbs with a penchant for wordplay and no discernible accent.

After a largely uneventful and abnormally normal American childhood in Mobile, Alabama, Wayne put in three years at the Capstone (the University of Alabama, for the uninitiated) and then settled in the one city to which he swore he would never move: Birmingham.

After toiling at frustrating day jobs for seven years, Wayne (along with wife, Kelli,) founded Wannabe Films in 1998. Serving ad agency and direct clients, Wannabe has been the bill-paying (or not) machine that allows Wayne to pursue more speculative ventures in his spare time.

In 1999, he co-founded the Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival in Birmingham, which regularly makes top-10 lists of the best film festivals in the country.

Those speculative ventures include a partnership with Kris Wheeler, Self-Proclaimed Entertainment. SPE is working with a number of well-established TV production companies to develop new, original unscripted series – most of which have decidedly Southern sensibilities. Their documentary feature, Duke & The King is currently inspiring and entertaining audiences on the festival circuit.

Kris also offered Wayne a chance to stretch his legs as a writer. Wayne contributed feature articles and humor columns to Kris’ magazine, Coastal Homes & Lifestyles. That taste of the writing life, a Facebook fan page created by friends and a fateful trip to Disney World inspired Wayne to try his hand at becoming a novelist.  The result is Midlife Mousea satirical Southern fantasy about midlife crisis and the challenge to rise to one’s potential.  (There’s also a mouse in there somewhere.)

Since completing Midlife Mouse, Wayne has founded Real Southern Men, a tongue-in-cheek blog about Southern life and, despite the ill-advised name, NOT a gay Southern dating site.

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