Welcome Darlene Fredette, who’s here to answer some questions about her favorite books, characters, and her writing process. Also, take note: there will be a giveaway for visitors who leave a comment on any stop during the tour, and additional giveaways for visitors who leave a comment on her blog.
Are you working on another book?
I am nearing the end of the third story in my Redford Falls series. This one may be my favourite, however the fourth book is plotting out be a favourite, too!
If you could spend time a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?
Definitely Candi from One Sweet Christmas. Candi owns a chocolate shop in Redford Falls. I’d get to visit my favourite fictional town, and snack on some of Candi’s delicious chocolate creations.
What are your books about?
Romance and happy-ever-after. I enjoy writing stories that pull at the reader’s heart and creating a plot that’s a page-turner.
What is your writing style?
I’m a slow writer. The story is in my head, but doesn’t flow from my fingertips as easily. Before I start a new story, I have it plotted from beginning to end with a few details to pop up during the actual writing phase. I use a notebook for each story with character names and details. When writing a series, you must keep track of details in past books so that moving forward your information is spot-on. I’m never alone when I write as my Yellow Lab is always lying at my feet. I prefer silence when I write because if a good song comes on the radio I tend to sing more than write, lol. I don’t set word or page count because it’s too depressing when you don’t reach that goal. Daily life always gets in the way, so I write when I can and hopefully a lot of words fall onto the page to make up for the day I don’t get to write.
What is the toughest criticism given to you as an author?
Bad reviews hurt. Thank goodness, I haven’t received a review where a reader trashed my book. I’ve had a few moderate reviews where maybe the reader was expecting or wanting more. The reality is, every reader likes different genres and different writing styles, and they may have a particular expectation that’s not in your story. As an author you have to ignore the negative and focus on the good, because there’s nothing better than getting a review where the reader loved your story!
Return to beautiful Redford Falls: a woman who knows what she wants and a man who knows what he needs.
By Darlene Fredette
Title: Winter’s Kiss
Release Date: January 15, 2017
Publisher: Escape Publishing
Rating: Sweet (PG)
Keywords: sweet, romance, winter, snow, family.
Average Page Count: 112
Nothing thaws the chill faster than a warm winter kiss.
She’s been on a flight from hell for over eight hours, lost four hours of daylight, and arrived in temperatures twenty degrees lower than accustomed to. Disliking winter for a reason she refuses to discuss, Danielle Lerato would rather be anywhere than in Redford Falls. She needs to get the job done and return home before getting caught up in the small town’s charm…and the arms of the handsome, brown-eyed restaurant owner.
Andrew Haley’s first encounter with the buttery blonde didn’t go so well, and he well-remembers the chill of the glass of water she dumped over his head. Now, two years later, a raging storm drops Danielle back into his life. She’s determined to leave, but he’ll do whatever it takes to convince her to fall in love with Redford Falls…and him.
Danielle probably looked a hideous mess. Her hair had come loose from the clip on the top of her head. Sleep masked her eyes. She wanted nothing more than to wash her face and sterilize her hands from the airborne germs she encountered on the plane. “I’ve been on the flight from hell for over eight hours. I’ve lost four hours of daylight, and the temperature here is twenty degrees lower than where I live.” She pulled the straps of her leather jacket tight around her waist. “I have to rent a car and drive two hours to a small town where, if I blink I’ll miss it.” She waved a pointed finger in the air for dramatic effect. “I’d rather be anywhere but here.”
Darlene resides on the East Coast of Canada with her husband, daughter, and Yellow Lab. When not working on her next book, she enjoys spending time with her family. An avid reader since childhood, Darlene loves to develop the many stories swimming in her head. She writes heartwarming contemporary romances with a focus on plot-driven page-turners.
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Thank you, Lori, for the beautiful spotlight on Winter’s Kiss, and for the fun interview. Your site is very nice! Like that drawing on the left side.
Thanks for sharing with me and my readers, Darlene. It was lovely to have you here.
That drawing has always spoken to me. There’s definitely some deep thinking going on behind those eyes.