Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Author Interview: Darcy Flynn

Darcy Flynn
author, Eagle Eye

Give us a bit of your background (where are you from, your family, traveling adventures)
I’m from New Orleans, Louisiana and lived there until I met and married my husband at age twenty-one. I’m now a Tennessean, having lived in and around Nashville for over twenty-five years. My husband and I have a grown son who works in the film industry in Los Angeles. We’ve traveled to many countries in our forty years of marriage and had the privilege of living in London, England for over a year.

Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go?
Although I’ve traveled to many countries, I’ve yet to see much of the United States and would enjoy touring the west. I’ve always wanted to visit the town of Turkey, Texas. I’ve been told Turkey is like stepping back in time, that the town is basically untouched and still has the old west feel to it. It would be a delight to spend time there plotting a mail-order-bride romance.

What got you started on your writing journey?
The empty nest. When my son went off to college, I came across a box of old Harlequin romances while de-cluttering a closet. It was like Christmas morning. I decided to re-read some of them and after each one I’d think, I could write one of these. So I did, and two years later Soul Mate Publishing bought my first book. I was fifty-three years old, proving it’s never too late to follow your dreams.

Why do you choose to write clean/sweet romance?  Do you write steamy romance as well?
Well, it’s what I grew up on. It’s what I love and I also wanted my stories to be something my future granddaughters could read. ☺ Most of my books definitely have sexual tension in them, but nothing too steamy.

What is the most rewarding thing about being a writer?
I love everything about creating the characters and their world. As a rule follower, I love creating heroines that don’t mind breaking a few. My stories that deal with mistaken identities are so much fun to write. They’re cute and filled with humor and emotion.

Do you have a favorite comment or question from a reader?
One of my readers recently asked when my next book was coming out. That she needed a Darcy Flynn Fix! Lol. I had no idea I was someone’s addiction! Bring it on!

Where do your ideas come from?
I get most of my ideas while listening to music. Since I was a little girl, music evoked scenes that would play out in my head. As I grew up I thought I was supposed to be an actress, then later, I thought it meant I’d compose music for movies. In college, I actually majored in music with that goal in mind. Alas, none of that happened. So now, I use it in my plot and scene development. Works beautifully! If I get stuck in my writing, I put in my ear buds and take a walk on my farm. In minutes I’m working out that stubborn scene in my head.

Please share about your book 
My latest book, Eagle Eye is the second book in my Like No Other Series. Like No Other is a foundation created to teach teen girls about beauty and health. The instructors teach the girls that there’s no one else on earth just like them. That they’re uniquely created, beautifully and wonderfully made.
The organization came about in book one of the series, Hawke’s Nest. The heroine is an international fashion model and the organization is her way of giving back. The heroine in Eagle Eye is a teen girl fashion designer and volunteers with the organization. One of the fun things about writing her story is she is the best friend from my very first book, Keeper of My Heart. I had so much fun linking that book to this series.
By the way, the birds of prey titles refer to the heroes in each book.

Do you have a favorite character you have written so far? 
Wow, that’s a tough one. I’d have to say one of my favorite characters is Kit Kendall from my contemporary western, Rogue’s Son. She’s feisty and aggravating. At least my hero, Sam, thinks so. She’s working hard to save her B&B ranch from going under. So much so, she’s chopped off her beautiful red hair, traded her skirts for wranglers and dresses like a man. How else is she supposed to mend fences and tend horses all day? She’ll flat tell you she doesn’t need a man…that is until Sam returns to town to challenge that idea.

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