Darlene resides on the Atlantic Coast of Canada where the summers are too short and the winters are too long. An avid reader since childhood, Darlene loved to develop the many stories coming to life in her head. She writes contemporary romances with a focus on plot-driven page-turners. When not working on her next book, she can be found with her husband, her daughter, and her yellow Labrador. Darlene’s favourite pastime is taking summer day trips to the Valley to soak in the small-town feel.
Beverley: Which genre or genres do you write or prefer to write? And why?
Darlene: I write contemporary romances on the sweeter side. I like focusing on the relationship between the hero and heroine. I also enjoy mixing a few twists and turns into the plot.
Beverley: Who influenced you the most in deciding to become a writer?
Darlene: I wasn’t really influenced by anyone in particular. I love reading, so one day in my teens, I picked up a pencil and plotted the story spinning in my head.
Beverley: What gets your creative juices flowing?
Darlene: This is going to sound crazy, but my answer is housework. While cleaning the house, a new story will suddenly come to life in my head, or ideas on a current story will work its way through a difficult scene.
Beverley: Do you have a favorite cartoon character? Why?
Darlene: My favorite cartoon character is Snoopy. I love dogs! Snoopy is adorable. I can draw him, and I have several Snoopy pins.
Beverley: Who would you love most to meet ‘in person’ and why?
Darlene: I have two. 1. Carol Burnett, because she is my favorite comedic actress. 2. Michael Buble because I love his music. My husband got us tickets to see him in concert in 2020, but due to Covid, the concert was cancelled. I was heartbroken because I was this close to seeing Buble live.
Beverley: If you had an unexpected free day what would you do with it?
Darlene: Good question! Probably read or catch up on the movies I have recorded. Or maybe design a new video book trailer for one of my books. I’d probably waste most of my free day wondering what to do, lol.
Beverley: What are you working on now?
Darlene: I am writing the next book in my Redford Falls Series. The next five books will focus on the Marley brothers, starting with the eldest brother, Ethan. I am also plotting a new book that follows Cherry Red, my ice cream story (coming soon!). The spin-off will have Brando, Carly’s firefighting brother, getting a big surprise.
Blurb for Under The Apple Blossoms
A tragic accident tore them apart. She left him behind and broke his heart. Is he strong enough to risk it again?
Police officer, Tyler Kringle, keeps his heart locked behind bars. His first and only love, Maripier Nadeau, left Redford Falls many years ago after a family tragedy. She moved on, leaving him to pick up the shattered pieces of his heart. But now Maripier is home to care for her father and to attend a dedication ceremony in her mother’s honour. Her return rattles Tyler’s cage, causing old emotions to resurface. Once he discovers the truth from the past, can he reclaim the love of his life and lock-down their future before she leaves again?
Excerpt for Under The Apple Blossoms
Glancing in the rearview mirror, she lifted her foot to let the vehicle slow. Stupid. Fleeing the accident and speeding away from the police was a rash judgment call. The kind officer seemed quite taken with her car, and the pony warranted the enthusiasm. The policeman, whose tall, fit body filled out his uniform, had short dark brown hair with layers blending into the top. She sensed a strange pull toward him, and when he removed his sunglasses and she looked into his eyes, she understood the attraction. It took only a second to make the connection. The hot police officer was none other than the ex she left behind so many years ago. The revelation soured their casual banter. Seeing Tyler stole her breath, and the clear blue sky turned dark and stormy. Thankfully, he hadn’t recognized her. Maripier expected to see him at some point, but not within minutes of arriving. Taken aback, she ran. Just like before.
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