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I’m delighted to introduce you to Darcy Flynn. I had the opportunity to read Keeper of My Heart and, boy, are you in for a treat. Stay tuned for my review, which I’ll post here as soon as my crazy schedule opens up a bit. Darcy also has a little surprise in store, so make sure you read all the way to the end to find out what she’s got up her sleeve:o)
Hi SJ. Thank you for having me today!
Darcy, you definitely received the artsy gene. You’re a published musician and artist, and you also write Christian non-fiction. I’m sure each have influenced your work. Which genre are you drawn to as a reader? Do you prefer to read in the same genre as your WIP or do you mix it up?
I enjoy all types of romances as well as their sub-genres but the sweet ones hold a special place in my heart. They’re my first love. I particularly like the stories where they start out hating each other. Sparing with their verbal foils until the ‘melt in your arms bliss‘ kiss.
Ah, yes. That first kiss is always something to remember. And what better place for it than on the shadowed stairs of a lighthouse. How did you choose your setting?
I love lighthouses and all things related, so I chose a fishing village on the Chesapeake Bay as my setting. When you love something it’s a lot easier to write about it.
Absolutely. What are some other things you love. Can you share something that readers would be surprised to learn about you?
I taught tap and ballet in my younger and thinner years:)
LOL Well, I know you’re a former beauty pageant winner, and you’re still stunning. What do you like to do when you are not writing?
I love antiquing. Especially with one of my girlfriends. I live in a small town in Tennessee and there are other similar towns nearby where I love to “while away” the hours perusing the shops
Oooh. I love antiquing too! What genre would you place your books into? What made you decide to write this genre?
My books are sweet contemporary romances. My inspiration to write this genre came when I discovered a box of old Harlequin and Silhouette romances in my attic. It was like Christmas morning. I read them again and every time I’d read one, I’d think, I could write one of these. After reading all of those romances I definitely had stars in my eyes. My son had recently started college and my husband was working in London so I seized the day and began writing.
Do you or would you ever use a pen name?
I do use a pen name:)
I love the cover of your book. It captures the story so well. Who designed your cover art?
The amazing Rae Monet! Does she have a cool name or what?
She does indeed. Did you have a favorite scene to write? What about it appeals to you so much?
One of my favorite scenes takes place in the lighthouse. It was so much fun to write. It surrounds the action and dialogue leading up to the first kiss. She’s terrified, but dying for him to do it.
I have to agree with you. That moment was pure magic. Do you think the magic of romance books will ever go “out of style”?
I can’t imagine that ever happening. Boy will always “meet” girl. And I for one will be there to read that story. There’s nothing more wonderful than falling in love.
How would you describe the heat level of your books on chili pepper scale of 1-5, 1 being sweet and 5 being on the verge of a whole different box of chocolates?
Definitely a 1. A sweet chili pepper for sure! My story would be appropriate for ages fifteen and up.
With your musical background, music must influence your writing. Does the music change depending on the scene?
Music absolutely influences my writing. I get ideas from everything from plotting to scene execution and character development when I listen to music. But when it comes to the actual writing, I usually turn the music off. But when I need inspiration or when I’m struggling with a scene, I take a walk on my farm and listen to a variety of music on my iPod. This helps me to find the solution or the inspiration I’m looking for.
What’s your writing schedule? Do you write every day?
Not having anyone at home I don’t have a particular schedule. But I do try to write at least five days a week and in long blocks of time. I’m not one of these writers that can grab ten minutes here and there to tweak a paragraph. When I hear about the challenges some of my writer friends have who still have children at home, I realize just how good I have it! LOL.
Five days a week takes dedication. Writing requires willpower. What are you currently working on?
I’m working on a story about a young woman who is struggling to keep her Bed and Breakfast afloat in the face of fierce competition from her neighbor who is the owner of a successful hunting lodge and the man she believes responsible for her father’s demise. It takes place in west Texas and it’s my first cowboy romance. I’m having so much fun writing it!
I love cowboys and I can’t wait to read it. But first, let’s offer a taste of what readers will get with Keeper of My Heart.
Bits of oyster shell spewed out from under the tires of Katie’s Jeep as it screeched to a halt. Without knocking, she stomped into the keeper’s house to find Max working on an open windowsill on the bottom floor.
“So you’re in the hotel business.” Katie threw the sheaf of papers down on the table near where he was working.
“Yes and good afternoon to you, too.” Max stopped for a brief moment then continued to sand the windowsill. “I see you’ve been doing some research.”
His firm lips twitched.
“If you think you are going to turn this,” she said, waving her arms through the air, “into one of your…Serenity Spa Inns, then you are dreaming Mister.”
“Is that so?” Max straightened and his eyes locked with hers.
“You bet. I’ll never let that happen.”
His tawny eyes gave her a once over. “And you think you’re big enough to stop me?”
“Yes,” she spat out, “Don’t think I can’t. I’ll rally the entire town if I have to. This is not what the council agreed to when they accepted your bid.”
Max’s brown eyes turned glacial. “Careful Angel. That sounds like a threat. If it is, you’ll come off the worse for it.”
Katie inhaled sharply. “You may have been master of all you commanded but you won’t master me.”
Max stopped working and turned toward her. Even in her anger, Katie noticed his shirt, unbuttoned and clinging to his muscular form with the sweat of his labor, his forearms glistening with perspiration mingled with tiny particles of wood shavings.
“Maybe we should put that to the test?” he drawled.
“There’s no maybe about it.” Inhaling sharply, Katie gathered up her papers and stormed out of the house.
Darcy was born into the rich culture of New Orleans, La. As a city filled with colorful historical intrigue and broad creative energy, her natural bent to the arts coupled with her love for one of the most romantic cities in the world has been the inspiration and anchor of her artistic multi-dimension endeavors. Darcy was always compelled by the need to express herself and like her mother’s famous gumbo, her previous expressions included a little bit of everything – art, music, acting and dance.
Although, published in music, art and the Christian non-fiction market under another identity, it was the empty nest that turned Darcy to writing romantic fiction. A lover of lighthouses, Darcy’s first novel, Keeper Of My Heart, unfolds in a small Maryland fishing village on the Chesapeake Bay.
Darcy, a former Mrs. Tennessee, continues to be surrounded by all things creative in Music City and when not in writing in her London flat, lives on a beautiful horse farm in historic- Franklin, Tennessee with her husband, son, two English Setters and a calico cat. Darcy enjoys stargazing, raising rare breed chickens and gardening.
I have some exciting news. This generous author is offering a
Darcy is giving a copy of the book to one lucky commenter. Be sure to leave your email address in the comment so we know where to send your prize.
Sadly, we can only have one winner. If you’d like to purchase the book, Keeper of My Heart is available at Soul Mate Publishing:
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