Please help me welcome Darcy Burke to the blog today 🙂 Darcy has agreed to answer a few questions about herself and her latest release The Idea Of You. I think you’ll enjoy getting to know more about her and her book 🙂
Afterward, don’t forget to enter her giveaway!
Let’s get started…
Tell us about yourself in 100 words or less.
Being a mom is my favorite thing ever. I love cold, rainy days/nights inside with my family snuggling and playing games. I don’t hate doing dishes, and I kind of like doing laundry. But I loathe vacuuming. I would choose a vacation in Scotland in winter over Hawaii anytime. Things I wish I had more time for: gardening, cooking, and reading (who doesn’t want that?). I never thought I’d be a cat person, but I love my feline companions and may yet wind up a crazy cat lady.
Love your answer…and I love cold rainy days/nights, too. When did you know that you wanted to be an author?
I wanted to write a romance novel in my teens, but I didn’t get around to trying until my twenties and didn’t finish one until my thirties.
Sounds very familiar 🙂 I love choosing character names. Tell us how you came up with your character’s names in THE IDEA OF YOU.
I love choosing names too and have several naming books. The Ribbon Ridge series features sextuplets. I wanted them to have a naming convention that linked them together, but rhyming names (not my favorite anyway) or names that started with the same letter would be confusing. So each of the siblings has a four-letter name with two syllables: Liam, Alex, Kyle, Tori, Evan, and Sara. The non-sextuplet doesn’t have to follow that convention, so he’s Hayden, which is just a name I’ve liked since watching Coach years ago (Craig T. Nelson played a character named Hayden Fox). I changed the heroine’s name a few times. She’s a movie star so it had to sound good in many contexts. I ended up choosing Alaina, which is a nod to one of my favorite romances, ASHES IN THE WIND, by Kathleen Woodiwiss. The heroine’s name is Alaina MacGaren. When I name secondary characters, I’m always careful to pick something I can live with because you never know when that secondary character will become the star of their own book!
What makes your book stand out from others in the same genre?
Aside from being small town contemporary romance, this is truly a family saga that explores the unique construct of being multiples (sextuplets) when one of those siblings dies. The series is made up of stand-alone books, but there are overarching themes of coping with grief, healing, and finding your place within your family, which enriches the romance. In this book in particular, the hero has Asperger’s syndrome, which you don’t see too often in romances (though I do have a couple of favorites!). I really enjoyed exploring his perspective and sharing his world view. I hope readers feel the same.
Tell us something about yourself not many people know.
I love genealogy and recently learned more about my maternal grandmother’s line, the records to which we thought had been lost in a flood. I’d love to be a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (because I’m a total history nut), but I haven’t yet dug up the necessary evidence. Some day!
I always thought checking out Ancestory.com would be fun, but I think I’d end up spending way to much time digging around. What’s the one scene from THE IDEA OF YOU that stands out in your mind as being your favorite to write?
This is difficult because I don’t want to include spoilers! And because it’s really hard to choose! I’ll say the scene at The Arch and Vine with Evan, Alaina, Tori, and Sean and the one that follows. The one after (trying not to spoil!) took me a little bit by surprise, but then I think that sums up their relationship perfectly. They are just wholly and delightfully surprised by their connection.
Why should we read THE IDEA OF YOU?
You should read it because it’s funny and sexy and heartwarming. Evan is a different kind of hero than I’ve written before, and I think readers will really enjoy getting to know him.
Would you like to tell us what you’re working on now?
I’m finishing up the next book in the Ribbon Ridge series, featuring non-sextuplet, Hayden Archer and the woman who broke his heart five years ago, Bex Holmgren. It’s my first real reunion story and I’m excited to share it next spring!
RANDOM FUN: FINISH THIS SENTENCE…
Yesterday I wrote with my pal/plotting partner Elisabeth Naughton.
My best accomplishment of 2015 so far is getting my daughter into a high school program that is absolutely perfect for her!
The next book in my tbr pile is probably something by my pal/plotting partner Rachel Grant. I need to catch up on her latest and her next!
I’ve always wanted to have wavy or curly hair.
My kitchen smells like fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies right now.
Evan Archer has always preferred peace and solitude to the loud antics of his large, hard-to-navigate family. But when Archer Enterprises needs a new creative director, Evan jumps at the chance to claim the job he’s always wanted. Moving home is easier than he expected, but Evan isn’t prepared for the stunning A-list celebrity hiding out in his family’s garage apartment.
“How were you moderately famous? Wait, I remember. That reality show with the sextuplets.”
He flicked her a quick glance. “You watched it?” The show had ended almost fifteen years ago, but Evan remembered it the way one never forgot the most unpleasant moments of one’s life.
“No, sorry. Sean told me about it.”
Evan noted the cookie sheet on the stovetop. It bore slender blackened strips. “Is that bacon?”
She groaned. “Yes. I read somewhere that you could broil bacon in the oven, that it was less messy than cooking it in a pan on the stove.”
“But you burned it.” Hence the smoke. “Did you forget about it?”
“Yes, actually. My assistant called, and I went into the bedroom to talk to her. Next thing I knew, the alarm was going off and smoke was clogging the apartment. Please apologize to your mother for me. I’m surprised you’re the only one who came running.”
Evan didn’t know for sure, but he suspected his parents were out. They’d been going on a lot of date nights lately. It helped them keep their minds off the one-year anniversary of his brother Alex’s suicide a couple of weeks ago. “I was coming back from a walk.”
More or less. Actually, he was getting pretty good at the lying thing, now that he thought about it.
“In the dark?”
He heard the surprise in her question. That was one inflection he could usually discern. Plus, even he knew walking in the near-dark in February was perhaps . . . odd. He shrugged. “It’s not totally dark yet.”
“Oh, okay.” Was that sarcasm? He couldn’t be sure. He also couldn’t care less.
Intellectually, he registered that her being here was extraordinary—something he probably ought to have picked up on when he’d first come into the apartment. She was a world-famous actress, someone he’d seen in countless movies and whose talent he admired. “Why are you staying here?”
“I’m, uh, hiding out.”
“Just stupid famous-person stuff. The paparazzi were annoying me.”
He’d hated the fame that had come along with their reality show. Everyone in Ribbon Ridge knew who they were, which he supposed was to be expected even without a show, given the size of the town. However, it was one thing to be acquainted with people and another for them to think they knew you on an intimate level, as if you were friends. He imagined it might be like that times a hundred for Alaina. “That has to be hard. Your life really isn’t your own. When we did the show, people were always talking to me like they knew me, like I was their buddy.”
She cocked her head to the side. “You totally get it. That’s . . . weird. I mean, cool, but weird. Most people don’t remotely understand.”
“But you signed up for that, right?” He hadn’t. His parents had agreed to put them all on the show when an old family friend had pitched the idea. After the third season, they’d pulled the plug because of Evan’s discomfort—something no one knew. Hmm, apparently he could keep secrets, too. Good to know.