A huge Thank You and a Loud Shout out to the Author Adele Darcy and Lola’s Blog Tour – for agreeing to participate and kind enough to send prompt response to all my questions.
Adele Darcy – Solitude Lake (Available on Amazon)
–> A Brief Bio (As is written by the Author)
I am based in Raleigh NC, but have traveled to forty-six states and lived in Tennessee and Montana for many years.
I fell in love with reading at a young age. I spent my afternoons hidden in a corner of our neighborhood library reading Nancy Drew and The Baby Sitters Club, before falling in love with literary greats like Jane Austen and Charles Dickens in high school. As a child I loved adventure stories and mysteries, but began to crave a bit of romance after reading Pride and Prejudice when I was sixteen.
I started my writing journey in second grade when I began to journal and write poetry. I started creating short stories in fourth grade – usually fairy tales about far off places. I began to write mysteries and romance in college after being introduced to the cozy genre by my mom. I love crafting stories with strong characters and dynamic small towns with fun and interesting characters.
Question 1: What advice would you give a new writer, someone just starting out? How do you handle writer’s block?
Author’s Response: The key to becoming a successful author is consistency and vulnerability. When I first began writing I had a great story, but my phrasing was clunky and filled with typos. I received a scathing review and it crushed me. I had to learn that this is part of the process – writing is a mix of creativity and consistency. The creative spark powers our ideas, but we also need to recognize that it is also hard work. Carve out time every day (even ten minutes) to write and get ideas down on paper.
Writer’s block and inadequacy can paralyze writers – but guess what – the best way to overcome writer’s block is to keep writing. It doesn’t have to be perfect – even one paragraph a day is better than nothing. Eventually you will get your groove back.
I also recommend that you wait to ‘soft edit’ for a day or two after you finish writing that section.( Soft edit is checking for grammatical errors, rewriting sentences and doing a quick edit) Our creative and editing brains work differently and trying to edit and write in tandem often leads to stress and tense writing.
Writing is hard work, but it is meant to be fun! If you block off time and allow yourself to enjoy the process without beating yourself up you will not only write a wonderful story – but you’ll open yourself up to new and exciting opportunities for your writing.
No matter where you are in your writing journey – never be afraid to learn and invest in your craft. I invested in a grammar for creative writing course and started connecting with other writers in my area. Believe it or not, writing is a team sport – you may write alone – but you are also engaging with your editor, readers and writing community. You have support – don’t be afraid to use it.
Question 2: Where do you draw inspiration from? What is the most surprising thing you discovered while writing your book(s)?
Author’s Response: I draw inspiration from driving down a country road and seeing a gorgeous sunset to reading a news report. My novel Solitude Lake was actually inspired by a weekend getaway in northwestern Montana. My mom and I were driving the scenic backroads near Glacier National Park when I discovered a secluded lake lodge surrounded by forests. I imagined living on the lake, surrounded by solitude – driving up to the neighboring lodge for a steak dinner accompanied by a local bluegrass band…the story began to take shape.
Question 3: What do you like to do when you are not writing? What book is currently on your bedside table? What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?
Author’s Response: When I’m not writing, I love to travel to national parks and scenic places. I’ve visited 26 national parks (US). I also enjoy music and art. I began painting with acrylics in 2017 and sell my landscapes on etsy.
My bookshelf is a mix of genres: I’m currently reading ‘A Whisker of Trouble’ by Sofie Ryan. I like this cozy mystery’s small-town Maine vibe with an inquisitive cat named Elvis.
I’m also rereading The Hobbit by Tolkien.
Question 4: Recommend three of your favorite books to the readers.
This is a hard question:
- ‘Pride and Prejudice’ by Jane Austen – it may sound cliche but this continues to be my favorite novel and I reread it once a year
- The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton – she makes words come alive, blending romance, mystery and atmosphere into a spellbinding novel
- Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy– this is a classic that is filled with drama, romance and second chances…a bit different from the cozy romance genre I write, but one of my favorite books of all time.
Lots of love,