Tuesday, March 27, 2012

BRoP Author Interview with Darke Conteur Part III

Members who frequent Agent Query Connect (AQC as we call it.) will bump into Darke there, they even have a virtual oven over there just so she can bake everyone cookies!  We've rubbed shoulders a time or two.  So I was happy when fellow BRoP member E.M. Neume asked if Darke would like to do an author interview on our blog ring.  Of course Darke said yes.

Here is Part II on sandra Ulbrich Almazan's Blog

Darke and I will be chatting here for Part III

Part IV will be out tomorrow on Terri's blog.'
and Teresa will conclude with Part V on Thursday.

So Darke, pull up a chair and get comfortable.  Please tell us all about your creative process.

First off, where do you get your story ideas?
Some of them started off as fan fics. Sort of what I would do if I were in charge.

Do you have a specific writing style? 
Honestly, I have no idea. I tend to write tight third person. Is that a style?

How do you deal with writer’s block? 
Dishes or a hot shower. I've come up with some wonderful ideas scrubbing away at pots and pans.

Are you a “plotter” or a “pantser” (do you plan/outline the story ahead of time or write “by the seat of your pants”)?
Oh I plot. Plot, plot, plot. I don't write a scene unless I know how it's going to go.

Do you use critique partners or beta readers? Why or why not?
I did, but I have a content editor now. I loved my beta's but I've put myself on a tight schedule and sometimes that doesn't work well when I'm waiting for someone to return chapters to me.

How much time do you spend on research? 
It depends on the subject. I'm still researching things on Druidism as it's so rare to find good information.

What type of research do you do? 
Mostly online. I love the internet.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging to write?  
Action scenes. What I see in my head and what I type out are generally two different things or confusing as heck when I read it over.

For more information about Darke and her work here are some helpful links:

Is your book in print, ebook or both?
Right now, both are only available as ebooks, but I am planning on doing print versions in the future.

The Watchtower
His first day of work wasn't what Martin Cunningham expected. A sultry boss, a classy receptionist, the drama-queen foreigner, and a painfully shy techie who prefers hiding to human interaction, was the oddest group of characters he'd ever met. When an assassination attempt is made against his new boss, Martin comes face to face with the stuff of nightmares.

Now he and his new co-workers must race to prevent another attack, but where do they start? There's very little to go on, and the only solid piece of evidence escaped through the u-bend in the toilet. By the end of the day, Martin becomes one of the privileged few who really understands what lies in the shadows, and what it means to work in THE WATCHTOWER. 

Under the Cover of Wicca
Victims of ritual sacrifices are showing up in one graveyard, and sixteen-year-old sensitive Janet Weiss is the only witness the police have.

With Janet's safety in question, Jezryall enlists the help of Rowan, a Wiccan Priestess and old friend. When followers of dark magic kidnap Janet in a brazen daylight attack, Jezryall and her team make a stand against the continuing threat.

The balance between good and evil is being methodically destroyed, and Janet's unintentional witnessing of the latest ritual may not be by accident. Jezryall and her staff must rescue the teen and stop the culprits before the balance of power is tilted more in favour of evil.

Failure is not an option, or Janet's soul won't be the only one condemned to Hell. 

Thanks for stopping in Darke.  I hope everyone else enjoyed your visit as much as I have.  On behalf of myself and the other members or our Blog Ring of Power, thank you for your interview.


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E. M. LaBonte said...

I love Darke's books! Dean, I hope these are on your to-read list! Then again, with every one we interview my to-read list is growing. I need some speed reading training. LOL

Dean C. Rich said...

My reading list is growing! although with this new lists, I have some insights that I've never had with books I've read in the past. What a great opportunity to interview and talk about these books with the authors.